Read the June edition of the District Governor Newsletter "HERE"
Monica Robertson, District Governor of Rotary Ireland.
Monica Robertson the 101st District
Governor of Rotary Ireland believes that Rotary can "Be The Inspiration".
She says; “The cumulative effect of humanitarian work is
limitless. It not only gives to the
people in need, but it can bring you so much personally and professionally.”
This is the basis upon which today’s Rotary Clubs still
exist, with over 100 years in Ireland the organisation consists of 74 clubs
across the country, north, south, east and west, made up of determined
individuals from all walks of life who are pushing the boundaries of what can
Monica goes on to explain;
“As Rotarians, we follow a set of ethical guidelines that
are designed for use in both our personal and professional relationships. Known as the Four Way Test Rotarians
consistently ask the following questions; Is it the TRUTH? Is it FAIR to all concerned? Will it build GOODWILL and BETTER FRIENDSHIPS? Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned? These guiding principles provide the
foundation for everything that we do and ensure a strong ethical belief that
our motto Service Above Self brings good to both our charitable and
humanitarian actions and that these principles also guarantee good business
practice outside of the clubs. I believe
involvement can bring enormous benefits to all.”
Rotary has an astounding list of achievements with projects
ongoing around the world, not least of all the imminent eradication of Polio, a
feat in which virtually all of the 1.2 million of the world’s Rotarians can
claim to have played a part.
international causes are championed by each club at their discretion, giving clubs the opportunity to address the issues that are important to
its local community.
At the core of the
Rotary organisation lies its own charity known as the Rotary Foundation. This year sees the 101st anniversary
of the Rotary Foundation, celebrating 100 years of investing $4 billion to
advance world understanding, goodwill and peace through the improvement of
health, the support of education, and the alleviation of poverty.
While fundraising forms an important part of what Rotary
does, it is far from the whole picture. Garth explains;
“Projects need people, they need physical help and I have
seen fellow Rotarians, who in their day job work in accounting or finance, roll
up their sleeves and paint walls to help a project.
I have seen Rotarians
who work in administration or logistics travel to third world countries to help
administer important life-saving drugs and I have seen Rotarians who are more
acquainted with the boardroom help rehabilitate prisoners back into society. The list is truly endless, but can it benefit
you? Absolutely, we operate in a world
that must be more than the bottom line and I truly believe that Rotary provides
life changing and inspiring opportunities for us all.”
To find out more about getting involved with Rotary click “HERE” to contact your local club