Each year the incoming Rotary International President chooses a theme and a cause.
Rotary International President Barry Rassin, a member of the Rotary Club of East Nassau, New Providence, Bahamas , has unveiled the 2018-19 presidential theme, Rotary: Be The Inspiration.
“I want you to inspire in your clubs, your Rotarians, that desire for something greater.”
The drive to do more, to be more, to create something that will live beyond each of us. Together, we see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change — across the globe, in our communities, and in ourselves. This describes the Rotary that leaders must help build.
To achieve this vision, the president says that Rotarians must take care of the organisation: We are a membership organisation first. And if we want to be able to serve, if we want to succeed in our goals — we have to take care of our members first.
Rotary has focused heavily on sustainability in its humanitarian work in recent years. Now, Rassin said, Rotarians must acknowledge some hard realities about pollution, environmental degradation, and climate change.
He notes that 80 percent of his own country is within one meter of sea level. With sea levels projected to rise two meters by 2100, he said, “my country is going to be gone in 50 years, along with most of the islands in the Caribbean and coastal cities and low-lying areas all over the world.”
President Rassin urges leaders to look at all of Rotary’s service as part of a larger global system. This means the incoming district governors must be an inspiration not only to clubs, but also to their communities.
“We want the good we do to last. We want to make the world a better place. Not just here, not just for us, but everywhere, for everyone, for generations.”