國際扶輪社長年度主題

RI 2020-21 年度主題文告

扶輪打開機會

2020-21-theme
2020-21RI社長1

Mark Daniel Maloney
President, Rotary International,
2019-2020

14 年前,扶輪第一次在聖地牙哥這裡舉辦國際講習會,而我就坐在各位現在的位置──以地區總
監當選人的身分。當時我對於即將面對的責任及領導的挑戰感到緊張不已。

此時,2020 年,在最後一場於聖地牙哥舉辦的國際講習會──我依然有點緊張。這一次我的責任
更為重大,可是可能性也更大。我很興奮能與各位分享我們面前所有的各種機會。

在你們的家園,各位是一個年復一年合作無間的團隊的一份子,確使你們的地區的重要工作不會
因新年度的領導團隊而終止,而是能更聚焦延續下去。我也屬於這樣的團隊的一份子。

我很榮幸將延續梅隆尼社長President Mark Maloney 讓扶輪成長的堅決奉獻。然而我不會要求各位要成長到特定的數字,理由非常簡單──每次我們要求要成長到特定的數字,往往都會失敗。與
其著重在數字,我要各位思考我們要如何讓扶輪自然地且永續地成長。我們要如何留住現有社員,吸引適合我們社的新社員?

然後,我們要如何讓本組織更強大以面對未來的挑戰?我們必須奮起達成這個難能的時刻──即
我們終結小兒痲痹的努力獲得世界各地肯定的時刻──並且未雨綢繆,趁時改革。

從許多方面來說,扶輪都狀況極佳。我們財務健全,扶輪基金會甚至被公認是全世界最佳慈善組
織之一。我們的全球獎助金持續成長,我們組織每年都更加國際化。

我們的改變在某些方面也很有意思。現在亞洲的扶輪社員人數已經超過北美洲。可是如果目前的
趨勢持續下去會有風險,尤其是在人口老化的區域,扶輪漸漸衰退且年齡偏高。

我們不能停滯不前,滿足於目前的成就。數位革命對我們的衝擊比預期還要大。有些別的組織比
我們早先面對這個挑戰卻表現不佳。

我最近有機會跟紐約州羅徹斯特(Rochester) 的扶輪社員談話,其中一位是柯達公司(Kodak) 的前
主管。他告訴我他們都知道攝影最後終將會轉型為數位,可是他們沒料想到會發生得這麼快。他
們在短短幾年內從該領域的全球龍頭變成一家瀕臨破產的公司。

時間不會為我們停下腳步。

可是我們不會讓快速的改變擊敗我們。我們會抓緊時機讓扶輪成長,讓它更強大,更具適應力,
甚至更符合我們的核心價值。

在德國,我們把扶輪視為一群有共同價值及個人道德的社群。友誼及人脈吸引人們加入扶輪。因
為這點,我們有很強健的扶輪社,也從此產生服務的力量。

四大考驗幫助我們做出客觀的決策。它的重點在於自我省思。有時候你甚至不知道你自己親眼所
見的事是否為真實。可是四大考驗讓我們可以自問:我是否誠實?我是否在做正確的事?這很重
要。如果我們對自己完全誠實,當我們展望未來,我們是否認為扶輪已經做足準備來面對未來的
挑戰?

扶輪必須改變,也將會改變。即使有些扶輪社友會抱怨扶輪變得不像他們舊日時光的扶輪,我們
還是必須改變。如同保羅.哈理斯所言,我們有時候必須改革。現在就是改革的時候。其中一個
方式就是建立新的扶輪社模式,重新思考加入扶輪的意義。年輕人應該是建設這些新扶輪社的人。

對許多年輕人來說,坐下來一起吃飯不是開會的最好方式。就因為我們過去100 多年來都這樣集
會,並不表示這是唯一的方式。舉例來說,我太太蘇珊娜Susanne 的扶輪社就是一個當地的網路
扶輪社。他們一星期在網路集會一次,透過智慧型手機應用程式來溝通,他們一個月舉辦一次實
體例會。

蘇珊娜的扶輪社社員年齡從27 歲到70 歲不等。我很喜歡在我們的扶輪社裡有這種跨世代的多元
性。那是理想──一種跨世代的扶輪社。扶輪社可成功做到這點,只要滿足年輕世代的需求。

我們必須對新方法抱持開放態度──為年輕人建立獨一無二的新扶輪社就是部份的解決方案。你
們有力量來落實它。是否成功取決於各位。成立新的扶輪社是地區總監的責任。國際扶輪已經擁
抱改變。現在是否讓這些新扶輪社成為事實就仰仗在座各位。

對了,我們能夠傾聽年輕世代並且讓現有扶輪社更吸引他們的其中一個方法,就是更注重環境問
題。最近的天災──例如澳洲的森林大火──凸顯出採取積極行動的重要。我們前三任的社長們
都強烈呼籲扶輪加強保護環境。我們能做的有許許多多──減少塑膠的使用量,住家及辦公室的
冷氣或暖氣不要過強,不要在德國高速公路上飆車。我們已經正在把環境保護及永續性融入我們
的服務計畫,可是我們必須讓這些議題成為優先事項。年輕人正等著我們激勵他們採取行動。

今日的年輕人喜歡服務,想要積極參與。我們在扶輪青年服務社看到這點──扶青社社員就像我
們一樣,我們都是國際扶輪的一部份。我們已經消除人為的年齡限制。讓扶青社社員決定何種扶
輪經驗對他們最好。任何曾與扶青社社員合作的人都知道這些年輕人很聰明、活力充沛,他們會
把事情做好!扶青社社員更快速、更講效能,更沒耐心。他們的缺乏耐心是一種優點。他們想要
現在就看到成果,他們為了立刻達成目標會做必要的工作!

他們的沒耐心及堅持會發揮影響力。9 年前,扶輪社員在構想與柏林動物園展開新的合作計畫,
在一年的某個週末為兒童準備一場表演來宣導運動、閱讀、及健康飲食。扶輪社仍然在思考及討
論這項計畫之際,扶青社社員已決定展開行動。現在,柏林全部36 個扶輪社及扶青社都參與了讓
數千名弱勢兒童擁有一段開心時光。

因此,讓我們接受挑戰,為扶青社社員及年輕專業人士打開扶輪的大門。

可是我們也要記得,成為扶輪社員沒有什麼適合的年齡。每個年齡都歡迎;每個年齡都有重要的
東西可以貢獻。當我們去接觸年輕的扶輪社員,也別遺漏了其他人。

可是現有的扶輪社呢?有些地方使社員參與及保留社員的工作已經做得相當好,而有些地方則需要加強。要做到這點,我們必須仔細挑選新社員,確保使他們是適合的人選,也選對了扶輪社。我們必須確保扶輪社符合他們的期望。認真看待,但慢慢來──你是在挑選新的終生的朋友。

我們必須停止把新社員看成可以列入統計數字、然後就忘掉的人。離開扶輪的人會說話,別人會
聽,那會影響我們的形象。我們要每位新扶輪社員成為終生的扶輪社員──一位參與扶輪的朋友。
每位新社員都會讓我們改變一點點。那個人會帶來新觀點、新體驗。我們必須欣然接受這種經常
的更新。我們向新社員學習,吸收他們的經驗及知識,我們便可更強大。那就是為何我們需要更
多女性加入我們的扶輪社,更多女性擔任扶輪領導職位。

我們也必須記得,認識新朋友,確認保他們喜歡成為社員是很開心的一件事。我們喜歡彼此的陪
伴,一起做什麼都很開心。我們必須擁抱這些歡樂的體驗。

要開心的最好方法就是大家在一起──無論是像這場講習會或國際扶輪年會這樣的大型集會、或
是在進行服務計畫、或是在我們的例會裡。在一起讓我們更有效能。

大家應該不會訝異我們的願景聲明是用「一起」(together) 這個詞語來開頭。「我們一起展望的世界裡,人們結合力量,採取行動,在自身、社區及全球各地創造持恆的改變。」

這項願景聲明成為扶輪新的「行動計畫」(Action Plan) 的基礎,各位將扮演推行這項計畫的關鍵
角色。新的行動計畫重點在於使扶輪成長,幫助我們適應數位時代。現在就是接受這項行動計畫,大力推展的時刻。接下來5 年,這項計畫將增加我們的影響力,擴展我們的範圍,增進計畫參加者的參與,並提升我們適應的能力。

我希望每個扶輪社至少每年舉辦一次策略會議。每個扶輪社應該自問5 年後要成為什麼模樣,並
知道它帶給社員的價值是什麼。

什麼讓扶輪如此獨一無二,值得與世界分享?我們為各位及我們服務的人們打開了什麼樣獨特的
機會?

我們喜愛人群,我們無論到世界何處,扶輪社員都會成為我們最好的朋友,你會希望能與他們共
度更多時光。我們是來自不同背景、不同世代、語言、及文化的人。甚至我們在生活中實踐扶輪
的方式也因國家、因扶輪社而異。那樣的多元性讓我們偉大。

我們因共通的價值觀而凝聚一起。我們全都因友誼而團結,信奉四大考驗。每個地方體驗扶輪的
方式不同,可是四大考驗是人人都一樣的。

扶輪提供機會讓我們進行我們有能力執行及完成的服務計畫。這些計畫很有意義,可長可久。在
扶輪,我們不只是捐錢,我們也進行服務,親眼看到服務的長遠影響。這是獨一無二的。
扶輪給了我們許多人到世界各地把服務理念化為行動的機會。

扶輪也提供領導的機會。我們所有人都肩負新的重責大任。這是我們強化人際網絡的機會,不是
為了個人榮耀,而是為了嘉惠扶輪。為他人鋪設領導的道路是扶輪的理想──它會讓你成為一個
更有效能的領導人。

我們在這裡是因為我們都相信扶輪的機會,給他人及我們自己的機會。我們相信我們的服務行動
──不分大小──都會為需要我們幫助的人創造機會。我們也知道每項服務行動將會啟發並改變
我們。

以下四個故事可以說明這個理念。
訓練領導人Christina Covotsou-Patroclou:
我擔任地區總監那年步入尾聲時,我對地區內的扶輪社員每年提供的服務充滿謙卑與敬畏。從幫
助一個資金不足且默默無名的才藝學校,到讓患有心臟病或癌症的兒童有獲得正常人生的可能,
到讓學校享有清潔飲水的權利,扶輪創造機會,為可能沒有希望的人帶來希望。

訓練領導人Ludo Van Helleputte:
我在陌生人的眼中發現一種我在書本中找不到的與世界的連結。它來自一位在印度全國免疫日讓
自己孩子服用小兒痲痹疫苗的母親。她眼中的感激勝過千言萬語。兩滴疫苗和一個微笑…… 它改變
那個孩子的生命,也改變了我的人生。扶輪給我創造長久改變的機會──最後促成內心的平和。

訓練領導人Ahmed A. Saada:
28 歲時,扶輪給了我機會參加團體研究交換計畫,讓我遇到一位教授提供我約翰.霍普金斯大學
的獎學金。在那裡我可以增進我的臨床研究技巧,攻讀博士學位。當我回國後,我獲邀加入扶輪
──為我打開了新的服務世界。過去26 年來,我抓住每個擔任醫療團義工的機會。可是我最棒
的扶輪機會是發生在我還是扶青社社員的時候──我在那裡認識我太太──我人生的摯愛──雷
妮雅Rania !

訓練領導人Mary B. Berge:
我一出生就被領養,在一個四個人的小家庭中長大。在高中,我有許多日子躲在廁所的隔間裡,
害怕面對霸凌的人。多年來,我滿足於隨波逐流,從未發揮內在未曾開發的潛力。扶輪給我機會
成為世界公民、去領導、去站在舞台上,帶著信心與力量。扶輪接下來會給予我什麼機會?我不
知道,可是因為扶輪,我已經準備好了。

如同各位所見,扶輪不只是你加入的一個社團,它是一個提供無窮機會的邀請。它打開了參與服
務計畫的機會,大者可能像「現在就終結小兒痲痹」(End Polio Now),小者可能是一項你只是種
一棵樹的小型社區計畫。

扶輪為你打開機會,可以和世界各地的朋友,以我們的核心價值為根基,過著更豐富、更有意義
的人生。

身為扶輪社員,我們非常有幸能夠在這個美好的時刻,擔任我們組織的領導角色。

我們所做的每件事都會為某個地方的某個人打開另一個機會。

因此,我們今年度的主題是:扶輪打開機會Rotary Opens Opportunities。

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2020-21 PRESIDENTIAL THEME:

ROTARY OPENS OPPORTUNITIES

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Holger Knaack
2020-21 Rotary International President
20 January 2020

Fourteen years ago, Rotary held its frst International Assembly here in San Diego. And I was sitting right where you are — as a district governor-elect. I was nervous then about the responsibilities ahead of me and the challenges of leadership.

Now, here we are in 2020, at the final International Assembly to be held here in San Diego — and I am still somewhat nervous. The responsibilities are larger for me this time. But so are the possibilities. I am so excited to share with you all the opportunities that lie in front of us.

At home, you are part of a team that works together year to year, making sure that your district’s most important work does not end with a new year of leadership, but continues with greater emphasis. I am also part of a team.

I will be proud to continue President Mark Maloney’s strong commitment to growing Rotary. However, I will not be asking you to grow by specific numbers, for a very simple reason — every time that we have asked to grow by specific numbers, we have failed. Instead of focusing on numbers, I want you to think about how we can grow Rotary organically and sustainably. How can we keep our current members and win new members who fit our clubs?

Then, how can we make our organization stronger to face the challenges before us? We must rise to this incredible moment — when we are recognized worldwide for our eorts to end polio — and fix our roof while the sun is shining.

In many ways, Rotary is in wonderful shape. We are financially strong. Still. The Rotary Foundation is
recognized as one of the world’s best charities. Our global grants continue to grow, and we become a more internationally focused organization every year.

We are also evolving in interesting ways. There are now more Asian Rotarians than North American. But there are risks if current trends continue. Especially in areas where we see an aging population, Rotary is declining and over-aged.

We cannot stand still and be satisfied with everything we have done. The digital revolution has affected us much harder than we anticipated. Others have faced this challenge before us and fared poorly.

I had the opportunity to speak recently to Rotarians in Rochester, New York. A former executive at Kodak was in attendance. He told me that they all knew that photography would make the transition to digital eventually.  They just never expected it to happen so fast. They went from being the worldwide leader in their field to a company in bankruptcy in just a handful of years.

Time will not slow down for us.

But we will not let rapid change defeat us. We will capture this moment to grow Rotary, making it stronger, more adaptable, and even more aligned with our core values.

In Germany, we see Rotary as a community of shared values and personal integrity. Friendship and
networking draw people to Rotary. Because of that, we have strong clubs, from which we generate strength for our service.

The Four-Way Test helps us make objective decisions. It is all about self-reection. Sometimes you don’t even know if what you see with your own eyes is true. But The Four-Way Test allows us to ask ourselves: Am I being honest? And am I doing the right thing? That is important. And if we are being completely honest with ourselves, when we look ahead, do we think Rotary is doing enough to face the challenges of the future?

Rotary has to change and will change. And even if some fellow Rotarians will complain that it does not look like their old Rotary, we have to change. As Paul Harris said, we have to be revolutionary from time to time. And now is the time to be revolutionary. One way that we will do this is by creating new club models and rethinking what it means to be in Rotary. Young people should be the architects of these new clubs.

For many younger people, sitting down for a meal together is not the best way to meet. Just because we have held meetings this way for over 100 years doesn’t mean it is the only way. [My partner] Susanne’s club, for example, is a local e-club. They meet online once a week, communicating on a smartphone app, and they meet in person once a month.

Susanne’s club ranges in age from 27 to 70. I love this kind of diversity of generations in our Rotary clubs. That is the ideal — a multi-generation club. Some clubs will succeed in doing this, but only if they meet the needs of younger generations.

We have to be open to new approaches — and creating unique new clubs for younger people is just part of the solution. You have the power to implement them. It will be up to you to make it work. Forming new Rotary clubs is the distinct responsibility of the district governor. Rotary International has already embraced change. Now it is up to you to make these new clubs a reality.

And by the way, one way that we can listen to younger generations and make existing club membership more appealing to them is to focus more on the environment. Recent disasters — such as the bush fires in Australia — underscore the importance of taking strong action. Our last three presidents made a strong case for Rotary doing more to preserve the environment. There is much we can do ourselves — cutting down on our use of plastic, not overly cooling or heating our homes and offices, not driving too fast on the German autobahn. We are already building environmental protection and sustainability into our service projects, but we have to make these issues more of a priority. Younger people are waiting for us to inspire them to action.

Young people today enjoy service and want to be active in it. We see this in Rotaract — and Rotaractors are now like us. We are all part of Rotary International. We have done away with the artificial age limit. Let Rotaractors decide what kind of Rotary experience works best for them. And anyone who has worked with Rotaractors knows that these young people are bright, energetic, and they get things done! Rotaractors are faster, more effective, and impatient. Their impatience is a virtue. They want to see results now and they will do the necessary work to get it done right away!

Their impatience and persistence make an impact. Nine years ago, Rotarians had an idea for a new project with the Berlin zoo that, one weekend a year, puts on an amazing show for children that encourages exercise, reading, and healthy eating. While Rotary clubs were still thinking and discussing the project, Rotaractors just decided to start it. And now, all 36 Berlin Rotary and Rotaract clubs take part and make thousands of underprivileged children happy.

So let’s take up the challenge and open the doors of Rotary for Rotaractors and young professionals.

But let us also remember that there is no wrong age to become a Rotarian. Every age is welcome; every age has something important to contribute. As we reach out to young Rotarians, we will not leave others behind.

But what about existing clubs? Some parts of the world are already doing a good job with member
engagement and retention, while other parts of the world need to do better. To do that, we are going to have to choose new members carefully and ensure that they are the right fit for the right club. We need to make sure that the club meets their expectations. Take it seriously and take your time — you are choosing new friends for life.

We need to stop thinking of new members as people we can mark down as statistics and then forget about. People who leave Rotary talk, and others listen. That affects our image. We want every new Rotarian to be a lifelong Rotarian — a friend engaged in Rotary.

Every new member changes us a little bit. That person brings a new perspective, new experiences. We need to embrace this constant renewal. We will grow stronger as we learn from new members and take their experience and knowledge. That’s why we need more women in our clubs and more women in leadership positions.

We also need to remember that meeting new people and making sure they enjoy their membership is fun. We enjoy each other’s company and have a great time doing whatever we do. We need to embrace these joyous experiences.

The best way for us to have fun is to be together — whether it is at a large gathering like this assembly or the Rotary International Convention, at a service project, or in our regular meetings. And being together makes us more effective.

And it should be no surprise that our vision statement begins with that word. “Together, we see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change — across the globe, in our communities, and in ourselves.”

The vision statement forms the basis for Rotary’s new Action Plan, which you will have a critical role in
implementing. This new Action Plan is all about growing Rotary and helping us adapt to the digital age. The time is now to take this Action Plan and run with it. Over the next five years, this plan will increase our impact, expand our reach, enhance participant engagement, and increase our ability to adapt.

I would like every Rotary club to have a strategic meeting at least once a year. Each club should be asking where it wants to be in five years and know what value it brings to members.

What makes Rotary so unique and worth sharing with the world? What unique opportunities do we open for you and for the people we serve?

We love people and, wherever we go in the world, Rotarians become our best friends and you wish you had more time with them. We are people from diffrent backgrounds, different generations, languages, and cultures. Even the way that we live Rotary is different country to country and club to club. And that diversity makes us great.

We are held together by the values we share. We are all bound in friendship and we all believe in The Four-Way Test. Rotary is experienced a different way everywhere. But The Four-Way Test remains the same for everyone.

Rotary provides opportunities for service projects that can be performed and completed by us. These
projects are meaningful and sustainable. In Rotary, we don’t just donate the money, we also perform the service and see the lasting impact of that service firsthand. This is unique.

Rotary has given many of us the opportunity to travel the world to help put our service ideas into action.

Rotary also provides opportunities for leadership. All of us have taken on great new responsibilities. This is our opportunity to strengthen our network, not for our personal glory, but for the good of Rotary. Creating pathways to leadership for others is a true Rotary ideal — and it will make you a more effective leader.

We are here because we believe in Rotary opportunities, in opportunities for others and for ourselves. We believe that our acts of service, big and small, create opportunities for people who need our help. We also know that every act of service will inspire and change us.

Here are four stories that illustrate this idea.

Training Leader Christina Covotsou-Patroclou:
My year as a district governor concluded with me filled with a newfound humility and awe for the
service Rotarians in my district provide every year. From an underfunded and forgotten talent
school, to the promise of a normal life for children with heart disease or cancer, to the right of clean
water in schools, Rotary creates opportunity and gives hope to those who may have none.

Training Leader Ludo Van Helleputte:
I found it in the eyes of a stranger, a connection to the world that I could not find in books. It came
from a mother who offered her child to be vaccinated against polio during a National Immunization
Day in India. The gratitude in her eyes spoke volumes. Two drops and a smile. … It changed that
child’s life, but it also transformed mine. Rotary gave me the opportunity to create lasting change —
leading to peace of mind within.

Training Leader Ahmed A. Saada:
At 28, Rotary gave me the opportunity to participate in a Group Study Exchange program. There, I
met a professor who offered me a scholarship at Johns Hopkins University, where I could enhance
my clinical research skills and earn a PhD. When I returned home, I was asked to join Rotary —
and a new world of service opened for me. For the past 26 years, I have taken every opportunity
to volunteer on medical convoys. But my greatest Rotary opportunity happened when I was a
Rotaractor — that’s where I met my wife and the love of my life, Rania!

Training Leader Mary B. Berge:
I was adopted at birth, raised in a small family of four. In high school, I hid in a bathroom stall
many days, afraid to face the bullies. For years, I was content to follow, never realizing my untapped
potential within. Rotary gave me the opportunity to be a citizen of the world, to lead, and to stand
on this stage, with confidence and strength. What opportunities does Rotary have for me next? I
don’t know, but because of Rotary, I’m ready.

So as you can see, Rotary is not just a club that you join. It is an invitation to endless opportunities. It opens opportunities to serve in a project as big and historic as End Polio Now and also in a small community project, where you just plant a tree.

And it opens opportunities for you to live a richer, more meaningful life, with friends around the world, based on our core values.

As Rotarians, we are very blessed to take on leadership roles at this wonderful moment for our organization.

Everything we do opens another opportunity for someone, somewhere.

Therefore, the theme for our year is: Rotary Opens Opportunities.

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