At yesterday's meeting, I referred to the message of our incoming president for Rotary International, Ron Burton. Here it is, embedded in my Induction Speech.
Have a great day!
THE ROTARY CLUB OF FORT ST JOHN
“Service Above Self”
President’s Induction Speech
Julie Ziebart, President
July 4, 2013
Good afternoon Fellow Rotarians and Guests.
It is my honour to serve as the 51st Club President during the 2013/2014 Rotary Year.
While I was inducted into this club on October 1, 2009, my journey with Rotary began 10 years earlier, during my Christmas vacation to the Philippines. My uncle was a Rotarian, and invited my husband and me to his club’s annual fundraiser gala, as his personal guests from abroad. I remember thinking, “Wow! The projects that this club is completing are contributing to so many lives. I’m a new CA, just coming out of the starving student stage of my life. I hope this $100 I contribute helps in some way to their cause. I should really look into Rotary when I get home”. Then I came back, and the process of building a career, contributing to my small firm’s success, and having children took over. Fast forward to 2009. Shortly after being called to partnership at my current firm, my partners, Trina Warren and Gavin Still, invited me to a Rotary meeting. I can’t thank Trina enough for welcoming me into Rotary as my sponsor. I was fortunate enough to have joined an amazing club full of gracious and generous Rotarians. When at a Club Assembly two years later, I put an idea for a community event out there; you all encouraged me to take charge to make it happen. You have no idea how your support empowered me, and impacted my belief in myself to make great things happen! As we just celebrated our Club’s 50th Anniversary, I find it fitting to share the message of our incoming president for Rotary International:
As your leader, what do I hope we will accomplish in the coming year?
I hope that we each find a way to get involved and to make a difference in our Club.
I hope we increase membership and grow new members into sustainable members. Taking from my profession, there is “strength in numbers”!
I hope we will look beyond our own club and expand our participation in the Rotary world beyond. Let’s revisit how neighbour clubs, locally, within our district, and with the Rotary world, can work together to accomplish great things.
What about tapping into matching grants available from the Rotary Foundation? Our club members have been continuously generous in this area. Let’s see how we can take advantage of that to benefit our community.
I hope the Youth Exchange sees more of us contributing to it’s continued success. It has been the core of Rotary’s mission to foster world peace and understanding, since 1927!
We stand behind our motto: “Service Above Self”. But that does not mean we cannot talk about ourselves. Let’s do a better job of tooting our own horn. Let’s make our accomplishments known to the community. Let’s enlist the community to join us and help. Again, there is “strength in numbers”!
Finally, the core of what we Rotarians do, service projects: Let’s use upcoming meetings and Club assemblies to decide what we will organize, support, and participate in over the next year, to benefit our community, our district, our world.
In the spirit of this year’s theme, let’s join with our District Governor, Betty Screpnek and Rotary International President Ron Burton, to Engage Rotary, Change Lives.