Happy New Year, District 7020!
It is with great privilege to hold the esteemed title of District Rotaract Representative and to serve Rotaractors for the 2019-2020 Rotaract Year.
Firstly, I want to say thank you to all the Immediate Past Presidents and true RotaMom, Immediate Past District Rotaract Representative Leah Lowe. The work you have done this past year has truly raised the bar for our District, and I, along with the incoming impact board members are humbled and honored to take the baton and run the next leg of the race in serving others.
One of the things I love the most about Rotaract is that it calls on individuals to look beyond themselves and to live a life of service to others. Such a life is best exemplified by the fellowship we have in Rotaract. By coming together, we create a power much greater than us as individuals, and with that power, we can achieve great things that can change our communities and the world.
Nelson Mandela once said, “Sometimes it falls upon a generation to be great. We can be that great generation.” I truly believe that our generation should answer that call.
To be great, we must unite as one to make the greatest impact we can, and that is why the theme chosen for this 2019-2020 Rotaract year is IMPACT THROUGH UNITY. Our vision under this theme is to develop a District that is committed to working together by sharing knowledge, skills and resources to improve the lives of underserved people in our communities. One of the ways we can achieve this is by being transparent with all Rotaract activities, so that any success that we achieve as a club can be replicated regionally and internationally. The less time we spend figuring things out, the more we can get done. We want all club members and leaders to keep this in mind and properly document or record processes, contacts and activities they are doing that can help other clubs to achieve similar success, because when one club grows, we all grow.
Another goal we have this year is ensuring that at least 5% of the aged-out Rotaractors transition to Rotary. To do this, we’re going to create opportunities for Rotarians to meet, communicate and mentor Rotaractors so that through this bond, it will make for an easier transition once they leave Rotaract.
Additionally, this year we are working on a joint international service project between District 7020 and 7030 called Art-tivity, where we partner with a group of disadvantaged or marginalized people with an illness to learn an art form and present it through a benefit concert or showcase, with the proceeds going back to that community. Not only will this teach people a new skill, but it will generate money and awareness to help the group as well.
On a smaller, but equally impactful scale, we will be executing the District project titled Project T.E.A.M. T.E.A.M stands for Teen, Elderly, Young Adult, and Mothers. Each club will be required to partner with one or more clubs, choose one of these groups and work on a sustainable project to serve them.
Finally, with all this hard work comes the reward!
Recognition for excellence is very important, so we want to make sure that everyone from the club level, all the way, is recognized and rewarded for their performance and achievements. Therefore, we have introduced several new awards to recognize the same.
As the theme says, the only way we will create the impact we want is through unity. We can’t do it alone. Your Presidents and club leaders need your support and hard work to execute this vision, so we expect that each Rotaractor will go above and beyond to reach out and connect with others and build greatness from partnerships. I am asking all executive members to support your President. Presidents listen to your members and appreciate your SECRETARIES.
Let us continue serving beyond stigmas and look beyond the challenges we face as individuals, because together, we can overcome it all!
Our mission is not just to unify as Rotaract or Rotary, but to make such an impact that we inspire others and connect the world-at-large, for this generation and the ones to come, so they too can make an impact when they unite.
Yours in Rotaract,
District Rotaract Representative