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February 24, 2012

MORE ROTARIANS. WE NEED MORE ROTARIANS.

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The MDR Committee recently concluded a very successful Membership Action Plan Seminar (MAPS) in Kuantan. Thanks to the generosity of RC Kuantan the MAPS was organised at no cost to Rotarians and my special thanks to AG Dato’ Annamalai for a great job. There were 38 participants and todate the total number of participants for all 4 MAPS conducted in Kuala Lumpur, Penang, Ipoh and Kuantan is 236 Rotarians. I would like to record my sincere appreciation to PDG Leslie Salehuddim , who has been an exemplary Advisor to our committee and an outstanding servant to Rotary. He has presented at all 4 MAPS and his contribution has proven invaluable. I would also like to record my thanks to Pres Peter Boyd, PP Dayal and AG Dato’ Saranpal Singh, who acted as panelists in a very useful and honest panel discussion on how we can create a better impact for Rotary in the East Coast. My thanks also to AG Dato’ Annamalai for moderating the session. 

PP Dr Siva Ananthan sharing a light moment with the Rotarians

The panel discussion drew a lot of vital discussion on the subject of membership development challenges

The good and participative attendance is a clear indication that our Rotarians are committed to growing District 3300, which has for the last so many years stagnated in terms of membership growth. Thailand has 4 Districts and the Phillipines has 10 Districts. It is time we emulated their example and thought about how we too can grow exponentially.

Let us look past the pettiness of small politics and focus on the bigger picture.  We just hit the magic mark of 7 Billion people on the planet. The human population is growing at an alarming rate and together with that the magnitude of human problems and misery. Organisations like Rotary International and people like Rotarians are what stands between a manageable situation and total mayhem. I use the phrase manageable situation with the maximum possible latitude.

According to the Millenium Project (www.unmillenniumproject.org), more than one billion people in the world live on less than one dollar a day. Another 2.7 billion struggle to survive on less than two dollars per day. Poverty in the developing world, however, goes far beyond income poverty. It means having to walk more than one mile everyday simply to collect water and firewood; it means suffering diseases that were eradicated from rich countries decades ago. Every year elevenmillion children die — most under the age of five and more than six million from completely preventable causes like malaria, diarrhea and pneumonia.

In some deeply impoverished nations less than half of the children are in primary school and under 20 percent go to secondary school. Around the world, a total of 114 million children do not get even a basic education and 584 million women are illiterate.

 Following are basic facts outlining the roots and manifestations of the poverty affecting more than one third of our world.

Health

Every year six million children die from malnutrition before their fifth birthday.

More than 50 percent of Africans suffer from water-related diseases such as cholera and infant diarrhea.

Everyday HIV/AIDS kills 6,000 people and another 8,200 people are infected with this deadly virus.

Every 30 seconds an African child dies of malaria —more than one million child deaths a year.

Each year, approximately 300 to 500 million people are infected with malaria. Approximately three million people die as a result.

TB is the leading AIDS-related killer and in some parts of Africa, 75 percent of people with HIV also have TB.

Hunger

More than 800 million people go to bed hungry every day…300 million are children.

Of these 300 million children, only eight percent are victims of famine or other emergency situations. More than 90 percent are suffering long-term malnourishment and micronutrient deficiency.

Every 3.6 seconds  another person dies of starvation and the large majority are children under the age of 5.

Water

More than 2.6 billion people — over 40 per cent of the world’s population—do not have basic sanitation, and more than one billion people still use unsafe sources of drinking water.

Four out of every ten people in the world don’t have access even to a simple latrine.

Five million people, mostly children, die each year from water-borne diseases.

Agriculture

■ In 1960, Africa was a net exporter of food; today the continent imports one-third of its grain.

More than 40 percent of Africans do not even have the ability to obtain sufficient food on a day-today basis.

Declining soil fertility, land degradation, and the AIDS pandemic have led to a 23 percent decrease in food production per capita in the last 25 years even though population has increased dramatically.

For the African farmer, conventional fertilizers cost two to six times more than the world market price.

The devastating effect of poverty on women

■ Above 80 percent of farmers in Africa are women.

More than 40 percent of women in Africa do not have access to basic education.

■ If a girl is educated for six years or more, as an adult her prenatal care, postnatal care and childbirth survival rates, will dramatically and consistently improve.

Educated mothers immunize their children 50 percent more often than mothers who are not educated.

■ AIDS spreads twice as quickly among uneducated girls than among girls that have even some schooling.

The children of a woman with five years of primary school education have a survival rate 40 percent higher than children of women with no education.

■ A woman living in sub-Saharan Africa has a 1 in 16 chance of dying in pregnancy or childbirth. This compares with a 1 in 3,700 risk for a woman from North America.

■ Every minute, a woman somewhere dies in pregnancy or childbirth. This adds up to 1,400 women dying each day — an estimated 529,000 each year—from pregnancy-related causes.

■ Almost half of births in developing countries take place without the help of a skilled birth attendant.

Now more than ever, the Rotary mission is vital. My friends let us take up the reins into our hands and build an eddifice of service that will stand the test of time and serve for posterity. We need to work together and we need to work now. Rotarians are people who make a difference and refuse to surrender.

 

 

 

August 11, 2011

THE ROTARY WAY

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I recently made this presentation at the D3300 MEMBERSHIP ACTION PLAN SEMINAR (MAPS) in Kuala Lumpur on the 7th August 2011. It was entitled – THE ROTARY WAY. My mesage – simple – if we think what we do as Rotarians is important, then we must spread our message of hope more vigourously and with greater committment.

Here are some of the ideas I shared for the benefit of all the Rotarians reading this blog.

It is an undisputed fact that many Rotarians for one reason or another fail in their obligation to share Rotary. This is not due selfishness but because we are complacent or lack conviction in what we are doing in Rotary. We lack the courage of our convictions are we ourselves are not convinced that what we are doing in Rotary is truly meaningful. For some, it is because their fellowship has no purpose, for others it is because they lack an understanding of their true power as Rotarians to make a better world.

I want to share with you this painting by Rosa Branson commissioned by Rotary International in Great Britain and Ireland (RIBI). The thematic work, entitled Service Above Self, depicts the many facets of Rotary’s humanitarian service, including the global campaign to eradicate polio and efforts addressing literacy, health, hunger, and water issues. Branson discovered Rotary’s work on a trip to Sierra Leone to visit the land-based operations of Mercy Ships, which is depicted in the painting and provides health care to port cities around the world.

I love this depiction of Rotary. It is empowering and makes me feel important in the scheme of things. What great things we do as Rotarians. Feed the hungry, help people in disasters, heal the sick and work for a more peaceful world. This is why we are Rotarians. This is why we must stand up and be counted. In a world that has gone mad – we are the hope for sanity and goodness. What we do is as Michael Jackson says, “Heal the world and make it a better place”. Let me share some of the lyrics of his inspirational song:

There’s A Place In Your Heart
And I Know That It Is Love
And This Place Could be Much Brighter Than Tomorrow
And If You Really Try……….

There Are Ways To Get There
If You Care Enough For The Living
Make A Little Space, Make A Better Place…

Heal The World, Make It A Better Place
For You And For Me, And The Entire Human Race………
And The Dream We Were Conceived In
Will Reveal A Joyful Face
And The World We Once Believed In Will Shine Again In Grace.
THE PARADIGM OF POWERLESSNESS

Many people in the world are consumed by the paradigm of powerlessness. They feel there is nothing they can do in the face of the overwhelming problems that confront the world. So much so that they are numb to human suffering. Everyday the media of the world bring images of suffering into our living rooms – LIVE. We watch these events of human misery unfold before our very eyes. Images like these:

They shock us, but many people take the position there is nothing they can do about it. So, they turn off the TV, have dinner and go to sleep. It’s not that they don’t care – they just don’t know what to do about it. They are trapped by their own problems – not realising that it is nothing compared to what many people suffer. They rationalise and justify their inaction and simply………

GIVE UP.

I want you to now take a journey with me. Back in time – to when you were a little boy or girl. When you were seven or eight years old.

DO YOU REMEMBER THE TIME?

It was the time when you were really you. It was a time when all things were possible and the indoctrinations of life had not happened. I remember that time well. And whenever I falter in life and think back to the Siva of seven or eight. The Siva who would give the beggar on the street his 10 sens pocket money and not think about what the beggar was going to do with it. The Siva who believed and trusted in the inherent goodness in all people. The Siva who believed in Superheroes.

Don’t laugh at me cynically. We all did – you did too. So did everybody. Because deep down everyone wants to see good truimph. Most people forget the real them. Life takes over and as Shakespeare put it – the whips and scorns of outrageous fortune condition people into a hardened state. Impervious to human suffering – numbing themselves to preserve their sanity.

ROTARIANS AND NOT AMONG THEIR NUMBER – BECAUSE WE HAVE RESOLVED TO FIGHT ON – TO END HUMAN MISERY.

The fact of the matter is that we are outnumbered and outgunned and we need to rearm and recruit. The total population of the world surpasses 7 Billion people. About half that number live in poverty and can’t even help themselves. So we have about 3 Billion people who live in the developed world. We have 1.2 million Rotarians. Even if you multiply that number by 20 to reflect the altruistic people of the world – we have 240 million people. Against a human population of 7 billion and a viable population of 3 billion. The world is not in good shape. Why? Because most people have been defeated by the paradigm of POWERLESSNESS.

Its time we turned to these people and shared our passion and commitment for humanitarian service. That is what membership development is about. We do not need more members – WE NEED MORE ROTARIANS. Believe this and ACT on your belief – REACH OUT.

These were the four founding members of Rotary. Such distinguished gentlemen, Gus Loehr, Silvester Schiele, Hiram Shorey and Paul Harris. What did they share in common with you? They yearned for fellowship. Saw it as an opportunity for service and shared that message with their friends. They believed a fellowship anchored on the ideal of humanitarian service was lasting and meaningful. But even the very first Rotarian group had their retention problem – 50% of this group left Rotary. But the remaining two perservered – that is why we have Rotary International today.

What else will we have in common with them? Yes, we will all die some day. Just like they did. 106 years on, we are still talking about what they did. A friend of mine, once told me, that every person has 2 deaths. I was confounded by what he said and asked him, how is that possible? He said, Siva a man dies the first time when he is dead physically. But he really dies only when people stop talking about him. When the memory of him is dead. That is the 2nd death! Live your life in such a way, that the 2nd death does not happen to you.

My friends, we as Rotarians live a life of service to others and therefore long after we are dead – the memory of our deeds will live. This is why we must commit ourselves to sharing Rotary and bringing in new and young members, so that, the good work that we do will carry on and long endure. Membership development is about ensuring that we leave a legacy of good. THIS IS THE ROTARY WAY.

Our mission, to provide humanitarian service, to promote high ethical standards and to advance understanding, goodwill and peace, is so fundamental and essential to improving the human condition.

GOD BLESS ROTARY

July 14, 2011

D3300 Membership Development Blog

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My dear Rotary friends

This year I have been given the opportunity by our District Governor Dr Ravee to Chair the Membership Development and Retention Committee. I will be blogging on this at http://rotary3300membership.blogspot.com/

Your suggestions and ideas would be most welcome.

Thank you.

PP Dr Siva Ananthan

 

 

 

March 18, 2011

LAUGHTER IS THE BEST MEDICINE!

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Someone sent me an sms yesterday saying that they wanted me to share more jokes on this site. He said PP Siva your jokes are great but after awhile I can’t  remember them. Well that’s what I am counting on. You see that’s why I keep sounding funny. I love all my Rotary friends and until we meet by the beach and the sea – here are a few good ones for you.

Teacher: History is a very interesting subject. It tells you about what had happened in the past.
Student: Please teacher, I don’t think I want to study history.
Teacher: Why?
Student: There is no future in it!

Teacher       : Ted, if your father has $10 and you ask him for $6, how much would your father still have?
Ted              : $10.
Teacher       : You don’t know maths.
Ted              : You don’t know my father!

Mother        : David , come here.
David           : Yes, mum?
Mother        : You really disappoint me. Your results are getting worse.
David           : But I will only get my report book tomorrow.
Mother        : I know that. But I am going to Hong Kong tomorrow, so I am scolding you now.

Father      : Why did you fail your mathematics test?
Son          : On Monday, teacher said 3+5=8
Father      : So?
Son          : On Tuesday, she said 4+4=8 And on Wednesday, she said 6+2=8.. If she can’t make up her mind, how do I know the right answer?

 

Girl: Do you love me?
Boy: Yes Dear
Girl: Would you die for me?
Boy: No, mine is undying love

Man: How old is your father?
Boy: As old as me
Man: How can that be?
Boy: He became a father only when I was born

 

Teacher     : Simon , your composition on ‘My Dog’ is exactly the same as your brother’s. Did u copy his?
Simon        : No, teacher, it’s the same dog!

Father      : Your teacher says she finds it impossible to teach you anything!
Son          : That’s why I say she’s no good!

 

Teacher: ‘Where were u born?’
Student: ‘ Malaysia, Sir.’
Teacher: ‘Which part?’
Student: ‘All of me, Sir.’

A boy came home from school with his exam results.
‘What did u get?’ asked his father.
‘My marks are under water,’ said the boy.
‘What do u mean ‘under water’?’
‘They are all below ‘C’ (sea) level’

Absolutely Brilliant – The Germans Take Over Again!!!
The European Commission has just announced an agreement whereby English will be the official language of the European Union rather than German, which was the other possibility.

As part of the negotiations, the British Government conceded that English spelling had some room for improvement and has accepted a 5- year phase-in plan that would become known as “Euro-English”.

In the first year, “s” will replace the soft “c”.. Sertainly, this will make the sivil servants jump with joy. The hard “c” will be dropped in favour of “k”. This should klear up konfusion, and keyboards kan have one less letter.

There will be growing publik enthusiasm in the sekond year when the troublesome “ph” will be replaced with “f”.. This will make words like fotograf 20% shorter.

In the 3rd year, publik akseptanse of the new spelling kan be expekted to reach the stage where more komplikated changes are possible.

Governments will enkourage the removal of double letters which have always ben a deterent to akurate speling.

Also, al wil agre that the horibl mes of the silent “e” in the languag is disgrasful and it should go away.

By the 4th yer people wil be reseptiv to steps such as replasing “th” with “z” and “w” with “v”.

During ze fifz yer, ze unesesary “o” kan be dropd from vords kontaining “ou” and after ziz fifz yer, ve vil hav a reil sensi bl riten styl.

Zer vil be no mor trubl or difikultis and evrivun vil find it ezi TU understand ech oza. Ze drem of a united urop vil finali kum tru.

Und efter ze fifz yer, ve vil al be speking German like zey vunted in ze forst plas.

I hope this made you laugh and have a great day my friends!

 

 

March 17, 2011

WHAT WE NEED MORE OF IS A SENSE OF HUMOUR

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These days Rotarians seem to have lost their sense of humour. I was in Kuantan recently for the GDLTS and couldn’t help feeling that everyone was taking themselves too seriously. So here’s something to lighten the mood.

A LITTLE THREE YEAR OLD BOY IS SITTING ON THE TOILET. HIS MOTHER THINKS HE HAS BEEN IN THERE TOO LONG, SO SHE GOES IN TO SEE WHAT’S UP. THE LITTLE BOY IS SITTING ON THE TOILET READING A BOOK. BUT ABOUT EVERY TEN SECONDS OR SO HE PUTS THE BOOK DOWN, GRIPS ONTO THE TOILET SEAT WITH HIS LEFT HAND AND HITS HIMSELF ON TOP OF THE HEAD WITH HIS RIGHT HAND.

HIS MOTHER SAYS: “BILLY, ARE YOU ALL RIGHT? YOU’VE BEEN IN HERE FOR A WHILE”.

BILLY SAYS: “I’M FINE, MUMMY… I JUST HAVEN’T DONE IT YET. “

MOTHER SAYS: “OK, YOU CAN STAY HERE A FEW MORE MINUTES. BUT, BILLY, WHY ARE YOU HITTING YOURSELF ON THE HEAD?”

BILLY SAYS: “IT WORKS FOR TOMATO SAUCE!”

 

December 15, 2010

DiRaja? To be or not to be!

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My dear friends, I have received many requests to start writing again in this blog. In deference to my Rotary friends – The RotaryTrainer rides again.

The recently concluded 76th RI District 3300 Conference at the Shangri-La, Kuala Lumpur was the epitomy of efficient organisation and precision. Everything was well planned and executed. Kudos to the organising club – RC Pudu and their partners. I must make special mention of two other clubs, RC Danau Desa for organising a wonderful fellowship night and RC Central Damansara for hosting the wonderful house of friendship. These Rotarians exemplify the very spirit of Rotary service and friendship. We owe them a great debt of gratitude for their tireless efforts on our behalf.

It was a great conference and the only downer for me was the Elvis show. It wasn’t really that great but I suppose the reason for that was that the promotions before the conference heightened my expectations to such a degree that anything short of a great show was bound to disappoint me!

But the RC Pudu deserves an A+ for effort. Great job guys!

Moving on to the subject of this piece. This District Conference is also notable because for the first time, what has been rotary gossip mill fodder over the last many years, the issue of Di-Raja status for Rotary clubs was dealt with head-on. The District Strategic Planning committee decided to put the question to the delegates once and for all and end this debate one way or the other.

It proposed a resolution which essentially argued that the name of a Rotary Club must not have a prefix like the Royal Rotary Club of  xxx. In truth, this is an RI policy and requirement and the question therefore is whether calling a Rotary club, the Rotary Club of xxx DiRaja offends this policy and flouts this requirement.

The committee put it to the delegates that the translation of the word Royal to Di-Raja is against this policy and requirement and fundamentally offends the principle of truth in Rotary. 

Therefore, a resolution was put to the delegates that Rotary Clubs are not allowed to change their club name to include “Di-Raja” to depict the “Royal” status.

There are several issues involved here and need careful consideration.

1. The principle of equality. If one takes the view that all Rotary clubs are equal and united by the singular ideal of ‘service above self’, then any kind of differentiation based on class or pedigree should be avoided. As David Allan Coe said, “All men are created equal, it is only men themselves who place themselves above equality.”

2. Local customs and practices. In reality, the practise however contradicts the philosophical position. For example, all Rotarians have a Rotary name and we are supposed to address each other by our Rotary name. However, as mark of respect (and sometimes sychophancy) often we find Rotarians referring to Dato so and so and Tan Sri so and so. Is this wrong? If one takes the view that it is not, then similarly, recognising a Rotary club that receives Royal status and the like is not wrong. If however, you take the view that it is wrong to refer to anyone other than by his or her Rotary name, then it follows that it wrong for a Rotary club to differentiate itself in this way. In this context perhaps the most appropriate comment is that famous quote from Bob Dylan who said, “All this talk about equality. The only thing people really have in common is that they are all going to die.” So until then, we live in an unequal world.

3. Legal implications. It has been suggested that to question the status of a DiRaja club is sedition. One person even suggested to me that a police report should be lodged against the promoters of this resolution!

The Sedition Act is a law prohibiting discourse deemed as seditious. The act was originally enacted by the colonial authorities of British Malaya in 1948. The act criminalises speech with “seditious tendency”, including that which would “bring into hatred or contempt or to excite disaffection against” the government or engender “feelings of ill-will and hostility between different races”. The latter provision includes the questioning of certain portions of the Constitution, namely those pertaining to the special rights of the Bumiputras.

Section 4 of the Act specifies that anyone who “does or attempts to do, or makes any preparation to do, or conspires with any person to do” an act with seditious tendency, such as uttering seditious words, or printing, publishing or importing seditious literature, is guilty of sedition.

So that we are reasonably well informed on the subject, the scope of matters viewed as having a seditious tendency is dealt with in Section 3(1) as follows:

(a) to bring into hatred or contempt or to excite disaffection against any Ruler or against any Government;

(b) to excite the subjects of the Ruler or the inhabitants of any territory governed by any government to attempt to procure in the territory of the Ruler or governed by the Government, the alteration, otherwise than by lawful means, of any matter as by law established;

(c) to bring into hatred or contempt or to excite disaffection against the administration of justice in Malaysia or in any State;

(d) to raise discontent or disaffection amongst the subjects of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong or of the Ruler of any State or amongst the inhabitants of Malaysia or of any State;

(e) to promote feelings of ill-will and hostility between different races or classes of the population of Malaysia; or

(f) to question any matter, right, status, position, privilege, sovereignty or prerogative established or protected by the provisions of part III of the Federal constitution or Article 152, 153 or 181 of the Federal Constitution

So the question is whether moving a District resolution to adopt a District policy that requests Rotary clubs not to use the words “DiRaja” in their name, amounts to:

(i) bringing into hatred or contempt or excites disaffection against any Ruler, or

(ii) raising discontent or disaffection amongst the subjects of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong or of the Ruler of any State?

I suppose it is debatable but in my opinion it would be highly dubious to suggest that moving the resolution itself amounts to sedition. When in fact over the years many Rulers have graced many Rotarian events and Rotary D3300 has shown such great reverence and support for the Royals of Malaysia. Furthermore, the resolution is prospective in effect and therefore does not seek to reverse or undermine any previous conferrals or decisions.

4. The power of RI to terminate clubs. There have been important recent developments in this area. If a club is deemed to have misused funds in a matching grant project or if there are other types of serious misconduct, the RI Board has the power to terminate such clubs. The argument therefore is that if a club has DiRaja status and is terminated by RI would that not be an insult to the Ruler. At the very least, in such a situation the question of terminating the club will prove more complicated. Given that historically, some clubs have been terminated in our District, this is an important issue to consider.

5. Last but not least there is a question of semantics. RI does not allow any prefix before the word Rotary. Therefore the Royal Rotary Club of xxx is a no no. However, the Rotary Club of xxx DiRaja is allowed and RI has approved it, argued one PDG. What is the RI Policy therefore? Is it a purely formal rather than a substantive objection – that sylistically nothing should come before the word ‘Rotary’? Or is it a substantive objection – that all Rotary clubs are equal and therefore there should be no differentiation in the names? The position should be the former if what was informed to the delegates by the PDG is correct.

The RCP 33.020.6 states,

“No alterations, obstructions or modifications of “Rotary” are permitted. No abbreviations, prefixes or suffixes of “Rotary,” are permitted.
Reasoning from this, the Royal Rotary Club of xxx is not allowed. Equally, Kelab Rotary DiRaja xxx is also not allowed. The former is a prefix and the latter is a suffix. The question of whether, the Rotary Club of xxx DiRaja is allowed? Since the word DiRaja is neither a prefix or a suffix to the word Rotary.  

 

So, we are now at crossroads – “to be or not to be, that is the question”, indeed. I have friends on both sides of the divide and I have great affection for all my friends, regardless of their point of view. I have always been a firm believer in shooting the message and not the messenger.

The delegates of D3300 have emphatically supported the view that having DiRaja clubs is something that is consistent with the ethos of D3300. The resolution was emphatically turned down.  If one believes in democracy and the rule of the majority – then this matter rests here.

August 27, 2010

www.onerotary.wordpress.com

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My dear friends

Due to the overwhelming response to this blog, I have decided to continue writing. My new blog is www.onerotary.wordpress.com

See you there.

PP Dr Siva Ananthan

July 7, 2010

Arrivederci My Friends

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My dear Rotary friends

I started this blog to share my thoughts about Rotary and to give everyone and opportunity to have their say. It was never my intention to usurp the role of the D3300 District Trainer. It has been brought to my attention that a blog called Rotary Trainer may be the source of some confusion and that some Rotarians may errorneously believe that I am the District Trainer. For the record, I have had the privilege  in the past to serve as a Deputy District Trainer on two ocassions.

However, I want to stop this misconception. I have the utmost respect and admiration for our D3300 District Trainers, past, present and future, whom I beleive put in a great deal of effort and do a tremendous job. 

Accordingly I am ending this BLOG with immediate effect.

I have said my piece and I am very grateful for the hundreds of Rotarians who have been following this blog and sharing their views with me. I have learnt a great deal from the views you have expressed.

Thank you and GOD BLESS ALL OF US. Let us go forth to Build Communities and Bridge Continents.

July 1, 2010

2010-2011 Deja Vu

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July1st, 2010. The Rotary wheel turns another revolution. Ray Klinginsmith, a corporate lawyer from the Rotary club of Kirksville, Missouri, USA takes over as RI President and  Lim Kok Beng from the Rotary Club of Pudu takes over as the Governor of our fair district.

I don’t know about you but for me it brings a sense of deja vu. Haven’t we been here before? Heard more or less the same message – grow your membership! do innovative projects, support TRF, bring in new members! enjoy fellowship, support the DG, bring more members! Attend installations, attend district seminars, attend district dinners, awards, the lot. I love you, you love me, we’re a happy family. All that’s missing is Barney as our mascot!

 

Amid this calamity many a Rotarian is lost and eventually leaves Rotary. It is easy in life to get burned out. This is true of Rotary too. There are many things in our day that stress us out and prevent us from having a fullfilled day. The rituals of Rotary sometimes can be tiring and mundane and have the effect of wearing us down.

Don’t let it. I want to encourge you to find your passion for Rotary and and recharge your commitment to the unfinished task of humanitarian service. RI President Ray asks us to apply “cowboy logic” and make Rotary clubs “bigger, better, and bolder.”  He says the fundamental principles of cowboy logic are taking pride in your work, talking less and saying more, doing what has to be done, and remembering that some things just aren’t for sale. Integrity does not have a price nor does our commitment to Rotary.

In a time when altruism is waning, we need inspiration. Inspiration to be better than what we really are. One of the things that keeps Rotary fresh is that a new group of people come in every year with new and fresh ideas. My hope is that DG Kok Beng, his team and all the incoming Presidents and their Boards, will look to providing us with this inspiration in large measure. We need a positive message that is seen in action, rather than words. When we ask others to be charitable, we must lead by example and show them the way. This is the inspiration Rotary needs in our District, the inspiration that comes from deeds and not just words!

Let me end by sharing with you the great words of Edward Everett Hale,

I am only one,
But still I am one.
I cannot do everything,
But still I can do something;
And because I cannot do everything
I will not refuse to do the something that I can do.

 

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