A new Rotary year always gives us an opportunity for introspection and self-appraisal. We chose our District’s rallying cry of ‘Visionaries’ this year to help us overcome the challenges ahead. This rallying cry complements our theme for the year, ‘Serve to Change Lives’. Can we chart a course of growing Rotary rather than crises that threaten our clubs and district?
Our core values are Integrity, Fellowship, Service, Diversity and Leadership. These make up who we are and we must live these values together with the Four-Way Test. If we do not, then we would have sounded the death knell for our District.
Our new Rotary year resolution must therefore be hinged on the need to re-energise ourselves with this test. It is time to do the right things; time to accept that we may have been wrong in our past actions; time to seek and offer forgiveness to one another; and time to put our District first before ourselves. After all, are we all not volunteers? Is our vision statement not that, ‘Together, we see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change — across the globe, in our communities, and in ourselves’?
- Okey Okonkwo (District Governor)