District Governor's Message

District Governor's Message (8)

Dear Fellow Rotarians,

Congratulations, we are about to celebrate 115 years of existence. On 23rd of February 2020, we will celebrates our 115th anniversary. Let’s see which club in our district will contribute more to the Annual Fund, ENDPOLIO or to the Endowment fund Number E11563 in memory of PDG Usama Barghouthi and PDG Mustafa Nasereddin.

As you are aware, February is Peace and Conflict Prevention/Resolution month.

One of the priority areas for Rotary International represents its greatest commitment to contribute to promote lasting peace in the world. Our district faces a lot of challenges in that regard. There are still several unresolved, so called “frozen conflicts” which require our attention and calls on our priceless support. Rotary makes an immense difference to invest a lot in supporting Peace Fellows from all over the world, giving them the opportunity to encounter Peace and Conflict study area and to develop their skills within Six Rotary Peace Centers at seven prestigious universities throughout the world offer Rotary Peace Fellows a rigorous program of study and applied field experience in areas relating to peace and conflict resolution. By the way, one center has been recently launched at Makarere University in Uganda. Specific peace building programs have been developed in each center. Peace Fellows have the amazing opportunity to get Master’s degree or the professional development program available only at Rotary Peace Center at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, Thailand. This latter program is shorter and the purpose is to help already experiences professionals to become inspiring peace-builders and to make a difference with their contribution in transforming overwhelming conflicts.

Peace Fellows which have been sponsored by our district are empowering their societies for the better future with more peaceful societies embracing mutual understanding and respect.

Thanks to Rotary, we have Peace Ambassadors in all regions. This outstanding opportunity makes many fellows from different nationalities to start to understand each other foremost and then to inspire others within their respective communities. Therefore, my dear fellow Rotarians, on behalf of our district, let me congratulate all of you for your valuable and meaningful contribution to these peace building efforts we all are making so let us advocate and make awareness of this priority area and support more professionals for this very important field.


Have a lovey month.

Dear Fellow Rotarians,

January is the Vocational Month. Vocational Service calls on us to empower others by using our unique skills and expertise to address community needs and help others discover new professional opportunities and interests. January is Rotary’s Vocational Service Month, a great time to leverage vocational service in your club projects and activities.

Here are five ways you can incorporate vocational service in your club activities:

  1. Host a club meeting at your work place and share about your profession; take time to learn about fellow members’ occupations.
  2. Use your skills and expertise to serve a community.
  3. Practice your profession with integrity, and inspire others to behave ethically through your words and actions.
  4. Work with local businesses to create mentor-ship, internship, or practicum opportunities to help young people achieve their career goals.
  5. Guide and encourage others in their professional development.

The other role of Vocational Service is Vocational Training Teams. Vocational training teams are groups of professionals who travel abroad either to teach local professionals about a particular field or to learn more about their own. Teams can be funded by district grants and global grants. This service comes in Global Grants mostly.

January is the month which we look forward to because it will give us hope to do more to change the world and to connect it.

Let’s change the situation in Lebanon. Let’s put hand in hand to give support to the country that is in need in our district. Your contribution will be going to your brothers and sisters in Lebanon. Make it Happen!

Let’s make some more noise!! Since my email about the noise, I received few information about action is being done BUT very limited! We still have few members in the Distract Team, Country Teams and Clubs Chairs are inactive. Let’s get up and do some Rotary.

I can see few clubs in the district that has not given any added value to Rotary or to their community even not abiding with Rotary bylaws. This will immediately reflect on their record in Rotary International and will be soon be in scrutiny.

Rotary started with the vision of one man — Paul Harris. The Chicago attorney formed the Rotary Club of Chicago on 23 February 1905, so professionals with diverse backgrounds could exchange ideas and form meaningful, lifelong friendships. Over time, Rotary's reach and vision gradually extended to humanitarian service. Let’s plan a fund raising event all over the district within each club or each country to celebrate the 115th anniversary of ROTARY together even if we are miles apart. Let’s use this funds to upgrade our Annual Giving so it will come back to you in project money to serve your community.

Have lovely and Prosperous 2020


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



Dear Rotarians,

What is your Rotary Club doing in November to celebrate and focus on The Rotary Foundation?

Our Rotary Foundation was founded with one simple purpose,

Do Good To The World!

The Rotary Foundation transforms your gifts into projects that change lives both close to home and around the world. As the charitable arm of Rotary, we tap into a global network of Rotarians who invest their time, money, and expertise into our priorities, such as eradicating polio and promoting peace. Foundation grants empower Rotarians to approach challenges such as poverty, illiteracy, and malnutrition with sustainable solutions that leave a lasting impact.

We, the Rotarian’s of District 2452, can participate in that good by supporting our Foundation financially. Rotary International offers a variety of ways to give and variety recognitions for the individual and the Club. Remember, the donations to the Annual Fund support our District and Global Grants!

While the primary vehicle for annual giving is Every Rotarian Every Year don’t forget becoming a Sustaining Member, Paul Harris Fellow, Member of the Paul Harris Society, Major Donor, perhaps even a Member of the Arch C. Klumph Society!

We invite your questions and encourage your support. Help District 2452 and the Rotary Foundation

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.



Dear Fellow Rotarians,

September is BASIC EDUCATION AND LITERACY MONTH. Rotary is dedicated to six areas of focus to build international relationships, improve lives, and create a better world. All global grant activities are required to align with the goals of an area of focus. For basic education and literacy, the goals are:

  1. Involve the community to support programs that strengthen their capacity to provide basic education and literacy to everyone
  2. Increase adult literacy
  3. Work to reduce gender disparity in education
  4. Support basic education and literacy studies for career-minded professionals.

There are enormous spectrums of projects this month. Your club projects can be Technological projects to help schools improve their infrastructure. Also, School and community libraries are often a much-needed resource in promoting and increasing literacy.

Language training is a popular project type aimed at helping communities with large immigrant populations or countries that receive a large number of refugees.

The Rotary Foundation believes in teacher training. According to UNESCO, less than 75 percent of teachers are trained to national standards in one-third of countries with data on primary education. A skilled teacher can transform almost any environment into a fun, accessible place to learn.

Early childhood education centers often refer to day care centers, preschools, and kindergartens for children from birth to age 8. An eligible early childhood education project in basic education and literacy should include centers with a curriculum that focuses on developmental and educational outcomes.

Students with special needs can’t always be integrated into traditional classrooms, and the alternative methods used to work with these children often fall outside of activities that are typically eligible for global grants. Education professionals have many different degrees and a wide range of experience.

Dear fellow Rotarian’s,

I am so glad to address you again through my monthly newsletter to ensure that you are updated with Rotary & our district news.

During the first week of July, Inas my lovely wife & I had the pleasure of kicking of this promising Rotary year by early visits to clubs in beautiful Georgia & Armenia, in which every club we visited made a special impact in their communities. Some clubs needs some attention, other clubs are excelling and made us proud with their projects that are helping the communities, fellows who are so committed and eager to learn and achieve.

The rest of the month was dedicated for clubs in Amman-Jordan; the twelve clubs’s that we have here surprised me with a very high standard of planning & set Goals that I will be looking forward to celebrate by the end of the year. I will still need to visit clubs that are in need of my attention.
As you are aware, our great organization President is focusing on membership and its development; August is the Membership Month, so when would be better than this month to make sure that:

  • A membership committee is formed and active
  • A club trainer is assigned at every club
  • Plan to Do a membership assessment
  • Celebrate & recognize active members
  • Mentor & train our club members
  • Recruit new members, especially females , young members & our Rotaractors

To be able to connect the world we need to grow rotary, which means new members & new clubs, engage club leaders to create more leaders and make sure that we implement projects that have a great impact.

Fellow Rotarians

It's an honor to serve our district and lead it to a new dimension applying so much new ideas and delegating to great professional leaders to make even better leadaers.

The theme this year is "Rotary Connects the World". By doing that, a new dynamic District Roaster has been distributed already to all clubs so you can connect your club with the district team and/or any country team.

District awards has been already transmitted to your club, and following the criteria of each award is simply doing Rotary over and above what you are planning to do. Rotary International Presidential Citation and District Governor's Citation has already been distributed to your clubs.

The District website will be friendlier, improved and will be updated more often to bring you up-to-date information and knowledge.

The newsletter starting from next month will carry a letter from different chairs in the district, to bring you more knowledge of the Rotary Theme Months and insights of how you can make a different.

"Vibrant Club Workshop" is a country seminar for Membership, the Rotary Foundation and Rotary Public Image. This will be conducted in all countries to bring the knowledge to you instead of exhausting you with travel expenses for District Events.

Our year together has just started! Look ahead of you, be optimistic and cherish the moment that you are with your fellow Rotarians. The more you have fellowship, the more you will have new members. Give way to your members to know more about Rotary. The more your members know about Rotary, the more your club and your society will benefit.

The newsletter will contain so much data that it will surprise you! A section is designated for your Global Grants project to promote it over 530 districts. Another section, will promote your club anniversaries as well as District, Zone and International events.

Promote giving to annual fund; it will come back to you! Your community will benefit from your support to the Rotary Foundation.

All new members, must have mentors, and must attend an orientation seminar. Don't make your members get bored during the meetings. Think outisde the box to make your meetings interesting and amusing.

Let's now, start working and making sure that we all do Rotary and serve.

Remember always, Rotary's Moto is Service Above Self.

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