國際扶輪社長年度文告

RI 2019-20 年度主題文告

扶輪連結世界

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連結是扶輪的根基。年輕律師保羅 哈里斯來到芝加哥後組織扶輪的理由不外乎是為了幫助自己在陌生的都市與人連結。過了一個多世紀的今天,締結友誼和人脈網絡的方法枚不勝舉,且都是保羅 哈里斯當初無法想像的。然而,扶輪供我們互相連結的獨特力量仍然獨一無二。

透過國際扶輪的使命與組織構造,我們得以與社區和專業網絡連結,建立持久的人際關係。我們的社員組織供我們得以執行無數的專案和活動與全球社區接軌,領導根除小兒麻痺活動,與聯合國合作。藉由服務活動,我們與有意以行動改善世界的人士分享價值觀;和唯有透過扶輪才能相遇的人們相識,體會意外的共同點;和需要我們協助的人士連結,改善各地人士的生活。

在這新年代度開始之際,我們為塑造扶輪的未來前進。在2019-2020 年度,扶輪將實施新的策略計畫,回應立法會議要求的創意性,執行更有效的焦點領域活動。扶輪未來的真正塑造者是,最須努力適應當今急速的環境變化的扶輪社。

扶輪社是成全扶輪經驗的中心點。現今的扶輪社在其形態,例會方式甚至於所謂的扶輪會議則較過去更具創意性和彈性。我們必須以有組織、有創意性及策略性的方法與社區建立更廣更深的關係,並以組織新型的社來吸引更多元,更有意投入扶輪活動的社員。

扶輪確實是個家庭組織。然而,由於社員組織的構造或對領導人的要求,使得年輕專業人士禁不住認為扶輪是觸手不可及的組織。扶輪經驗是能夠,也應該能夠,與家庭經驗互相扶持而非互相對立的。發散溫馨迎人的氣氛,顯示服務和家庭息息相關的扶輪社才能提供家庭導向的年輕專業人士欣然接受參加扶輪服務的機會,成為積極參與的模範市民。如果我們對扶輪職位的期望合理,確保它是即使繁忙的專業人士也能勝任的職位,那麼,我們得以為新世代的扶輪領導人提供增進技能和和發展人際網絡的機會。

2019-2020 年度,我們的挑戰是以各種方法實現「扶輪連結世界」,促使有才能、有思慮且慷慨的人士,透過扶輪服務,結合力量,採取行動。

馬克.梅隆尼 Mark Daniel Maloney
國際扶輪社長 2019-2020 年度

ROTARY:
CONNECTS THE WORLD

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Rotary is built on connection. When Paul Harris came to Chicago as a young lawyer, he formed Rotary for one compelling reason: to help him connect to others in a new city. More than a century later, we have at our disposal countless ways to form friendships and networks, most of which Paul Harris never dreamed. Yet Rotary’s ability to connect us
remains unique — and unrivaled.

Through its distinct mission and structure, Rotary International provides a way to connect to our communities, to network professionally, and to build strong and lasting relationships. Our membership connects us to a global community through our countless projects and programs, our leadership in polio eradication, and our work with and through the United Nations. Our service connects us to people who share our values, who want to take action for a better world; it connects us to people we would never otherwise meet, who are more like us than we could have imagined; and it connects us to people who need our help, allowing us to change lives in communities around the world.

As a new decade begins, we are shaping Rotary’s future. In 2019-2020, Rotary will implement its new strategic plan, respond to the innovation of the Council on Legislation, and serve in our revitalized areas of focus. But the real work of shaping Rotary’s future lies in our clubs, where our organization must do the most to adapt to today’s changing realities.

While the club remains the core of the Rotary experience, we are now far more creative and flexible in deciding what a club can be, how it can meet, and even what can be considered a Rotary meeting. We need to be organized, strategic, and innovative in how we approach membership, forging wider and deeper connections to our communities and forming new club models to attract and engage more — and more diverse — members.

Rotary is indeed a family. Yet too often, the structure of membership or the demands of leadership seem to place Rotary out of reach for today’s younger professionals. Rotary can and should be an experience that complements our families instead of competing with them. When our Rotary clubs are warm, welcoming places where service and family go hand in hand, we give family-oriented young professionals the opportunity to embrace Rotary
service and model positive civic engagement. And when we make the expectations of Rotary offices realistic and manageable for busy professionals, we develop the skills and networks of a new generation of Rotarians — who will become Rotary leaders.

In 2019-2020, it will be our challenge to strengthen the many ways that Rotary Connects the World, building the connections that allow talented, thoughtful, and generous people to unite and take meaningful action through Rotary service.

Mark Daniel Maloney
President, Rotary International,
2019-2020

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