MARK DANIEL MALONEY
People from all over the world have multiple
reasons for joining Rotary. Many new Rotarians
each year join for the same reason I did — because
Rotary is a great way to benefit your career. When
I was a new attorney starting out in Alabama,
Gay and I became partners in her father’s firm. He
instilled in us the value of joining Rotary as a way
to build relationships and demonstrate to potential
clients that we were serious professionals who held
firm to values even more robust than what our
Rotary’s commitment to vocational service is built
on the highest ethical standards in business and
professions, the recognition of the worthiness of all
useful work, and the dignifying of each Rotarian’s
occupation as an opportunity to serve society.
That last point is so important. No matter our
profession, we all contribute mightily to the world
when we conduct our work with integrity and
always adhere to The Four-Way Test.
I have made balancing the demands of Rotary
office with professional and family commitments
one of my priorities as president. No Rotarian
should feel pressured to put in more time than
a volunteer position should ever demand. This is
true for several reasons, one of them being that
the work we do in our day jobs is just as important
to Rotary as the work we do in the organization.
We carry our Rotary values everywhere, and our
professional success helps build a case for Rotary
every day we go into the office.
This is particularly important in our efforts to reach
younger new members. We want to see a Rotary
where no one is ever asked to choose between
being a good Rotarian and being a good parent,
business owner, manager, or employee. When we
ask busy young people to join us, we should not
be asking them to give up their time and freedom.
We should be rewarding them with an experience
that makes everything they already do even more
Providing greater balance within Rotary will have
another benefit as well: It will create opportunities
for other Rotarians, including Rotaractors, to step
up and take a leadership role on projects and
committees. This will ensure that they remain
engaged in our clubs and inspired to remain
Rotarians for life.
Throughout the world, Rotary is admired for
its vocational service and for the time-honored
values we instill in all business relationships. As we
continue our work to grow Rotary, let us remember
that vocational service remains a crucial selling
point to potential members.
Rotary Connects the World, and by making Rotary’s
vocational service work known to people in more
professions and at different stages of their careers,
we will help grow our organization and make it
stronger and more diverse.