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Monica Robertson, District
Governor of Rotary Ireland.
Monica Robertson the 101st
District Governor of Rotary Ireland believes that Rotary can "Be The
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 be achieved.
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.
Local and international
causes are championed by each club at their discretion, giving clubs the
opportunity to address the issues that are important to its local
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.
“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
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 directly.
RIBI President Debbie Hodge
President 2018-19 is Debbie Hodge - member of the Ware Rotary Club,
Hertfordshire since 2002 Debbie, has led a Group Study Exchange to Australia,
taken part in a polio immunisation trip to India and coordinated a major
fundraising programme in the London 2012 Olympic village.
Looking to the year ahead she
notes: A Rotary member when asked where he went every Tuesday lunch time said:
“I go to meet with friends and we change the world.” That’s what Rotarians -
‘people of action’ - do; we change the world, sometimes one person at a time,
sometimes a whole community, and sometimes a whole country…
Rotary connects all the
peoples of the world, just as the sea connects all countries…
Rotary is forever changing,
yet it is an organisation which has been built on enduring principles which
enable Rotarians around the globe to connect for the good of the whole world.
We bring our vocation, our business and professional skills, knowledge and
personal talents into Rotary for the service of others and our Rotary values –
honesty, fairness, truth, trust, integrity, fellowship and service we take out
from Rotary into the communities where we work, live and make
These principles make us
unique in the world of membership and service organisations…