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District Governor's Message - October 2019

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Dear Rotarians,

"Together, we see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change — across the globe, in our communities, and in ourselves." That is the latest Rotary’s vision statement.

It is very strong statement that ends with “communities and ourselves”. So some of the goals to do a lasting change and have strong local economies with long-term community sustainability are to:

  • Create employment.
  • Renew, stabilize and/or improve the community and local economy.
  • Develop local economic links.
  • Improve the physical environment of the community.

No matter what gets a community involved in development, success depends on many things –

  • People in the community who are willing to get involved
  • Knowledge and skill of the leaders (ex: councilors, economic development staff or community volunteers leading the charge)
  • Motivated and effective community and political leadership
  • Community spirit and how well groups get along and work together
  • Entrepreneurial spirit
  • Empowering women
  • Rotary and Rotaract clubs invest in their communities
  • Creating jobs and promoting a cleaner environment

This should be our guidelines when you are planning a Global Grant that lies in this important area of focus.

On the other hand, during my late visits to more than 50 clubs in the district, I noticed that many clubs still far away from understanding these important points not because it is challenging, it is just because the clubs are far from Rotary Learning and understanding the simple principles of Rotary.

Reading Rotary’s basics and surfing in Rotary’s International “My Rotary” besides helping you acquire knowledge and examples of Economic and Community Development projects reading keeps your brain active and engaged, helps reduce stress, and expands your vocabulary. In addition, a reading culture will help you develop stronger analytical skills as well as improve your ability to focus and concentrate. Overall, reading is a great way to develop and grow leadership and get much more experienced.

Although many people understand the importance of reading, many still struggle to cultivate a better and consistent reading habit. A practical way to approach it is to first determine your reading goals and have a deep willingness to read and grow in the process.

The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more ideas for projects you can innovate great Global Grants.

 

 

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