My Dear Friends and Rotarians,
This Rotary year marks a special time where tradition meets innovation. We have the meritorious honor of being one of 800 Rotary Clubs worldwide to pilot a Rotary International Project called "Innovative and Flexible Rotary Club".
"Innovative and flexible Rotary clubs are fun, dynamic, diverse, resilient, tolerant, interested in trying new things, proactive, member driven, results-oriented, resourceful, inspirational, and relationship rich. They support and strengthen their membership, focus and increase their humanitarian service, and enhance their public image and awareness."
THIS is my Club! We ARE this Club!
We have this unique opportunity to be what I call "innovative change agents" - Rotarians who are making changes to improve, to develop, to create, to be self-determining, to shift focus, and to try out different things.
To be innovative means to bring new ideas into the way an organization accomplishes its purposes.
It is achieved by developing new ideas, or combining old ideas into new ones, or borrowing and adapting ideas from other fields, or stimulating others to develop innovations.
That is the work ahead of us this year. And I must share with you that I am super excited about it! I'm pumped!
As the torch is passed from one Rotary year to another, from one Rotary leader to another across the globe, we continue this challenge with our new Rotary theme to Be A Gift to the World - using our talents, expertise, and leadership to be the light in the place of darkness.
Each of us possesses gifts to share and to give.
We serve one another, we come together as individuals to make a team - a team of ordinary people - who work together to make something extraordinary.
Through the Object of Rotary, I promise to uphold the legacy of Mr. Paul Harris, to live each day by the Four Way Test, and to ensure that the things we think, say, and do are aligned with the Avenues of Service.
So, let us rise to the challenge and "Be a Gift to the World".
Rotary Club of Duncanville