PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE CLUB CLINIC
Suppose your club were to have
a net gain of one or two members
this year. Or what if you sponsored
or hosted a Rotary Youth Exchange
student or held a community
event spotlighting The Rotary
Foundation and its centennial?
Or maybe you could sponsor a
Rotary Community Corps or get
local media to cover your project or
In addition to the obvious benefits
of increasing membership
numbers and engagement as
well as public awareness, these
accomplishments would put your
club on the path to receiving a
2016-17 Presidential Citation.
This popular awards program
challenges Rotary clubs to achieve
goals in six areas: membership
attraction and engagement,
Foundation giving, online tool
adoption, humanitarian service,
new generations, and public image.
In addition, clubs must set at least
10 goals in Rotary Club Central
and pay semiannual dues on time
in July and January.
This year’s citation requires
clubs to record many of their
accomplishments in Rotary Club
Central or My Rotary, rather
than completing a paper form.
Because this approach allows
for automatic tabulation, RI has
extended the reporting deadline to
30 June instead of 30 April, giving
clubs three additional months to
capture their achievements and
reach their goals.
Also, online reporting enables
clubs to better monitor their
progress, measure their success,
and set future goals. And it helps
RI to develop a more
comprehensive picture of club
achievement and to better
quantify and showcase Rotary’s
overall service contributions.
The more clubs that record their
achievements, the more accurate
and impressive that picture will be.
Districts are eligible for a special
District Citation if 51 percent of
their clubs earn a Presidential
Citation and the districts fulfill
three other required goals.
My friends, we are at a crossroads in Rotary.
We are looking at a Rotary year that may
one day be known as the greatest in our
history: the year that polio finally falls.
All of South Asia, and all of Africa, are
now polio-free. Only two countries now
share one remaining reservoir of the wild
poliovirus — Afghanistan and Pakistan —
and they are giving it everything they have,
with our help, to make this the year that we
eliminate the wild poliovirus. But even when that happens, it won’t be
over. Because getting to zero doesn’t mean that we’ve gotten to the
end. We’ll only be done when we’ve reached our goal: a world that is
certified polio-free. That means three full years without a single case.
We will have to keep up all of our efforts, not just for another few
months but for at least another three years. We started this more
than 30 years ago, and we’re going to finish it.
When that moment comes, we need to be ready to leverage our
success into more partnerships, greater growth, and even more
ambitious service in the decades to follow.
Each of us has been given the opportunity to serve in Rotary. What
we do with that opportunity — that’s up to each of us. And the
effects of our work, our decisions, ripple out all over the world to
people we’ll never meet but whose lives Rotary will change. All of
that is what can happen — not what will happen, but what can
happen — when we recognize that the opportunity to join Rotary
was the opportunity of a lifetime.
Every day that you serve in Rotary, you have that opportunity to
change lives. Those opportunities might look small. You might
sometimes think that what you do doesn’t matter. But one good work
at a time, one day at a time, is all that it takes to make a difference.
As members of Rotary, we are out to change as many lives as we can,
for the better. Not alone. Not as individuals. But together — as a team
— through Rotary Serving Humanity.
JOHN F. GERM