SERVICE AND PRESIDENTIAL INITIATIVES
Shekhar Mehta RI President-elect 5 February 2021
Ever since I joined Rotary, Service Above Self has been the North Star of my life.
My first encounters with service were through the club projects. Eye camps, tree
plantations, food distribution drives — these were my first Rotary “dates.” But as time
passed, the projects became bigger and the impact of service became deeper. The more I
served, the more service became a way of life for me.
My dear change-maker governors, you are soon going to assume a higher level of
leadership. You will be leading districts with thousands of Rotarians. You will inspire
them to Serve to Change Lives. Service, my friends, is to care for others and share with
others. It is about thinking of others before you think of yourselves. Caring and sharing
is the mission of life itself, and beyond
The world, my friends, is divided. In one part, there is plenty, and in the other, there is huge deficit, whether it is of water and sanitation facilities, whether there is deficit of food, or lack of housing, or lack of medical care, the list is endless. We Rotarians act to balance these resources as best we can. We move resources from one part of our community or the world to another, trying to fulfill needs. The outcomes and long-term effects of our work can be huge because of our sheer numbers, our geographic spread, our networking and leadership abilities. We are people of action. Whenever we see problems, we take action to help and do good in the world. Over the years, Rotary has set up hundreds of hospitals, thousands of schools, has provided health programs for millions and brought clean drinking water to many. Wherever there was a need, Rotarians have come forward to meet the same, whether at the local level or international level. The polio program is an outstanding example of scaling up service initiatives.
As we go about Doing Good in the World: empowering girls. Too many girls face discrimination, disadvantage, the lack of opportunities. Empowering girls will mean securing their education, securing their health, their economic development, equipping them with skills for greater opportunities. It will mean curbing child marriage and teenage pregnancies. It will mean preventing trafficking and abuse and gender-based violence against women. Adolescent girls have the right to a safe, educated, and healthy life. We know that when girls are supported and encouraged starting at the youngest ages, they have the potential to change the world — both as empowered girls of today and as tomorrow’s workers, mothers, entrepreneurs, and leaders. An investment in them upholds their rights today and promises a more equitable and prosperous future. One in which half of humanity is an equal partner in solving the problems of climate change, political conflict, economic growth, disease prevention, and global sustainability. There is so much that can be done to serve to change the lives of girls. Do also remember that, starting 1 July, you can apply for grants to protect the environment. Of course our war against COVID will carry on with full vigor. We played a meaningful role in helping people with innumerable masks, ventilators, sanitizers, PPE kits, etc. We even created hospitals for COVID patients. The Rotary Foundation gave grants worth $30 million. Clubs added to this and did projects of millions of dollars more. Being a premier service organization, the world looks up to us to act at such times of crisis. And we have played our role well. Now we will play our part in supporting the vaccination process. Dear change-maker governors, you will be busy Doing Good in the World, but be sure to share these stories of your wonderful work. Inspire every Rotarian in your district to share their stories of serving and changing lives. Whether it is health camps, building toilets, or setting up hospitals and schools, these are heart-touching stories that inspire others to emulate, participate, and contribute. I strongly feel that every Rotarian is a brand ambassador of Rotary. The good word of Rotary, the good word of our work, will best travel around the world when each Rotarian tells their story on social media. Telling our story is as important as doing the work itself is. We will leverage all means of storytelling and will showcase our work with two presidential initiatives.
Rotary Days of Service. These will be events organized by two or more Rotary or Rotaract clubs to provide meaningful, hands-on volunteer opportunities for our members, their families, and friends and showcase our work to the outside world. These will be excellent opportunities to engage current and prospective members, showcase our work, and tell our story. Do ensure that every club in your district participates in the Rotary Days of Service and creates a major buzz on social and traditional media. Once again, empowering girls will be the overarching theme. Remember what Gandhi said: “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” And what Martin Luther King Jr. asked, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’ ” Let our answer be “We will Serve to Change Lives because service to humanity is good for both body and soul.
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