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District Governor's Message - December 2019 Featured

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Dear Rotarians,

The end of the year is a time of year for remembrance. We take stock of where we came from, and have a moment to think about where we are going, as we pursue the future with hope. May your new year be all that you hope for, and may it be sprinkled with love and friendship. May the holiday season fill your home with joy, your heart with love, and your life with laughter. MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR!

What is your Rotary Club doing to focus your efforts on Disease Prevention and Treatment?

Rotary's top priority is the eradication of polio, unfortunately some clubs do not take on far greater responsibilities to fight the disease. Only few clubs has submitted their donations and far less than what I expect them to do. Other districts set up health camps and training facilities in undeveloped countries and in communities struggling with diseases. In our district we must support these efforts,

The second area you can focus on is Gift of Life (GOLA). It is a charitable association that facilitates critically needed open-heart surgeries for underprivileged children in Jordan and Lebanon.

Countries with little number of Rotarians have not given anything to the foundation! Not even for ENDPOLIO! This must change, remember than all what you give it comes back to you in so many ways.

During my official visits to several countries, I found great Rotarians but no Rotary. We need to step up in house training. Every meeting you should give a 5 minutes treat to Rotary. Have someone to speak about a random subject in Rotary. This will educate your members and this person would have the knowledge of something he or she researched. So Rotary can be digested in bits and pieces. When you know more about Rotary, then you will get more ideas and do more projects.


A ship in port is safe, but that is not what ships are made for. Sail out to sea and do new things.

A Rotary club is not a lunch club, a coffee gathering or a platform to network. Rotary is a service club.  

A Rotary club must meet regularly consistent with RI constitutional documents, ensuring that its members subscribe to The Rotarian magazine or a licensed regional magazine, Implementing service projects that address needs in the local community and/or in communities in other countries, receiving the visit of the governor, assistant governor, or an officer of Rotary International, acting in a manner consistent with the RI constitution, bylaws, and the Rotary Code of Policies,  Paying its RI membership and district dues without outside assistance, providing accurate membership lists on a timely basis to the general secretary, resolving club disputes in an amicable manner, maintaining cooperative relations with the district, cooperating with RI by not initiating or maintaining, or retaining in its membership an individual who initiates or maintains, litigation against Rotary International or The Rotary Foundation, and following and completing the election review process established in the RI bylaws.

Make sure that your club follows the RI Rules. Have someone to talk about this in your next meeting.


From all my team,



DG Shawkat Tadros



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