Dear fellow Rotarians,
You have all come to this Rotary Institute with one goal in mind: a stronger Rotary in 2013-2014, and in every year that will follow it. The question, of course, is how we will achieve that goal. Rotary is an organization like no other: it is vast, it is diverse, and it means so much to so many.
Fittingly, Rotary’s leadership is a leadership like no other. It is every bit as broad and diverse as its membership, and carries responsibility on the global, zone, district, and club level.
In 2013-2014, you will help lead the Rotarians of zones 11, 12, 13, 18B, and 20 to a year of Rotary success. And success, in Rotary, means something very simple: it means changing lives for the better. It means doing as much good as you can, for as many people as you can. It’s an amazing goal, and it’s even more amazing to realize that this is something that we in Rotary really do, every day. And the more we do it, the more successful we are.
The way to be successful in Rotary isn’t to try to do Rotary differently. It’s to do Rotary right. It means building on the good things that have been done already, and coming up with ideas that other Rotarians will want to build on down the line. Success in Rotary leadership means recognizing, right from the start, that the only way to have a strong organization is to have a strong membership—with clubs full of people who love Rotary, who are engaged in Rotary, who are committed to their Rotary service and in it for the right reasons.
The more our Rotarians are engaged in Rotary service, the more successful Rotary will be. And that is what I mean when I ask you all to Engage Rotary, Change Lives.
I wish you all the best at this Rotary Institute, and a wonderful year of Service Above Self.
Ron D. Burton