超過一世紀成功的扶輪服務讓我們驕傲地對建立一個世世代代的扶輪社員都能給困苦的人帶來希望、給充滿衝突的世界帶來和平這樣的未來充滿信心。我們自視為扶輪偉大傳統的一部份,猶如一條鏈其中的一環,把我們的未來與我們的過去銜接在一起。

 

如果那條鏈要延續下去,每個環都必須強固。打造一個堅實的環來銜接扶輪的未來是我們的責任,你我的責任。我們有責任確保明年的扶輪比現在更強大,後年甚至比明年更強大。我們有責任要在今天實現我們承諾的一個無小兒痲痹的世界,如此扶輪才能在明天接受其他的大挑戰。

 

甘地曾經告訴我們,「未來決定於我們目前做了什麼。」如果我們希望看見扶輪繼續走完第二個世紀,我們便不能只是安於現狀。前路迢迢,我們要靠地圖去走這條路──而我們已有那張地圖。

 

在全世界扶輪社員提供意見之下,國際扶輪已擬定一套策略計畫和七個優先項目來訂定路程,邁向強固的未來。現在正是時候讓我們主動實現這套計畫:

 

● 根除小兒痲痹是我們的第一及主要的優先項目。透過我們的募款挑戰,我們能協助提供資源來完成這項關鍵任務,並實現我們對世界的承諾。

 

● 提升扶輪的名聲及公共形象將有助於扶輪吸引新社員及爭取其他組織的合作。根除小兒痲痹等疾病計畫已讓扶輪在世界舞台上嶄露頭角。現在我們應藉由把我們的當地及全球服務活動向媒體及我們的社區宣揚來增進扶輪的國際聲譽。

 

● 增進扶輪提供服務的能力呼應了扶輪使命的核心。每個扶輪社員可以多用一些時間、才能、及熱忱在四大服務擔任義工義務服務,來共襄盛舉,達成此一目標。在2009-10年度,我將鼓勵扶輪社員繼續把服務的努力聚焦在水、保健及防飢、及識字──這些重大問題近年來許多扶輪社一直在處理,且最有成效。

 

● 擴展全球社員人數及素質也是一項關鍵的優先項目,因為扶輪希望達成的一切事情都仰賴社員。我們每一個人都有責任引進合格的新社員。唯有扶輪社員才有能力藉由邀請其他人加入扶輪社來增加社員人數,但履行這個責任的扶輪社員太少了。

 

● 強調扶輪與眾不同的職業服務承諾將使我們能夠讓扶輪有別於其他服務及人道組織。藉由展現我們在自己的專業生活中履行崇高道德標準的堅定承諾,我們可以提供一個榜樣給我們的同僚、員工、客戶、甚至競爭者來效法。

 

● 充分發揮國際扶輪內部的領導才能對於扶輪的未來非常重要。我們每一個人都應該扮演一個領導角色,無論是領導一個扶輪社委員會或服務計畫、或在地區或國際階層服務。所有扶輪社員都是他們的事業及專業的領導人;讓我們也成為扶輪的領導人。

 

● 充分執行策略的規劃程序以確保扶輪的延續性將讓我們順利渡過每年一度扶輪社、地區、及國際階層的領導人更迭期間。

 

雖然這套策略計畫已獲得國際扶輪理事會通過,它的落實卻仰靠你。國際扶輪社長不能邀請社員加入你的扶輪社。國際扶輪理事會不能在你的社區舉辦募款活動來支持根除小兒痲痹。任何資深領導人也不能在你的職場示範扶輪的道德規範。扶輪的未來在你的手中。

 

這個簡單的真理將是我們2009-10年度的主題,時時提醒大家每個扶輪社員應負的個人責任。邱吉爾曾說:「偉大的代價就是責任。」扶輪是一個偉大的組織,如果我們每一個人都起來迎接挑戰並對扶輪的未來負起責任,扶輪有潛力變得甚至更偉大。

 

在扶輪,我們每一個人都被指派了一項任務。任務之名為扶輪社員。我們的任務在於在當地及國際上提供切合需求的服務、以及藉由邀請專業及事業的領導人成為社員並提升扶輪在地方上的正面形象來擴大我們扶輪社的服務能力。我們的任務說明要求我們每一個人成為專業及個人生活上的道德榜樣、在扶輪社及社區擔任領導人、以及充分支持扶輪的最高優先項目「根除小兒痲痹」。

 

扶輪社員的任務帶來巨大的好處。我們享受無可媲美的社員聯誼,從服務他人得到巨大的個人滿足。如果你相信扶輪以及扶輪有力量為世界做一點改變,此時你應站起來承諾盡你所能,以所有的智慧、心力、及精神,來達成任務。扶輪的未來在你的手中

 

 

 

 

With over a century of successful Rotary service, we are proud to be confident of a future in which generation after generation of Rotarians will bring hope to those in need and peace to a world full of conflict. We see ourselves as part of a great Rotary tradition, as links in a chain joining our future to our past.

 

If that chain is to continue, every link in it must be strong. It is our responsibility, yours and mine, to forge solid links to Rotary’s future. It is our responsibility to ensure that Rotary will be stronger next year than it is now, and even stronger the year after that. It is our responsibility to fulfill our promise of a poliofree world today so that Rotary can take on other great challenges tomorrow.

 

As Mohandas Gandhi once told us, “The future depends on what we do in the present.” If we hope to see Rotary continue through a second century, we cannot simply leave well alone. If the road ahead is to be long, then we will need a map to travel it — and we have that map.

 

With input from Rotarians worldwide, Rotary International has developed a strategic plan with seven priorities that set the course for a strong future. Now is the time for us to take the initiative to make this plan a reality:

 

● Eradicating polio is our first and main priority. Through our fundraising challenge, we can help to provide the resources to finish this crucial job and keep our promise to the world.

 

● Advancing the recognition and public image of Rotary will help Rotary attract new members and cooperation from other organizations. PolioPlus has given Rotary prominence on the world stage. Now is the time to build on our international reputation by promoting our local and global service activities to the media and to our communities.

 

● Increasing Rotary’s capacity to provide service speaks to the heart of Rotary’s mission. Every Rotarian can contribute to reaching this goal by volunteering a little more time, talent, and enthusiasm along all four Avenues of Service. In 2009-10, I will encourage Rotarians to continue to focus their service efforts in the areas of water, health and hunger, and literacy — vital issues that clubs have been addressing most effectively in recent years.

 

● Expanding membership globally in both numbers and quality is a key priority because everything Rotary hopes to accomplish depends on its members. Each of us is responsible for bringing in qualified new members. Too few Rotarians fulfill this responsibility, and only Rotarians have the ability to increase our numbers by inviting others to join their club.

 

● Emphasizing Rotary’s unique vocational service commitment will enable us to distinguish Rotary from other service and humanitarian organizations. By demonstrating our strong commitment to high ethical standards in our professional lives, we can provide a model for our colleagues, our employees, our customers — even our competitors — to follow.

 

● Optimizing leadership talents within RI is essential to Rotary’s future. Each of us should take a leadership role, whether it be heading a club committee or service project or serving at the district or international level. All Rotarians are leaders in their businesses and professions; let us be leaders in Rotary as well.

 

● Fully implementing the strategic planning process to ensure continuity will allow us to make a smooth transition during the annual change in leadership at the club, district, and international levels.

 

Although this strategic plan was approved by the RI Board, its implementation depends on you. The RI president cannot invite members to join your club. The RI Board cannot organize and promote a fundraiser in your community to support polio eradication. Nor can any senior leader demonstrate Rotary’s code of ethics in your workplace. The Future of Rotary Is in Your Hands.

 

This simple truth will be our theme for 2009-10, serving as a constant reminder of the personal responsibility that each Rotarian holds. Winston Churchill once said: “The price of greatness is responsibility.” Rotary is a great organization, and it has the potential to become even greater — if each one of us rises to the challenge and takes responsibility for its future.

 

In Rotary, each one of us has been assigned a job. Its title is Rotarian. Our duties are to offer relevant service locally and internationally, and to expand our club’s capacity for service by inviting professional and business leaders to become members and promoting a positive image locally. Our job description also calls for each of us to be an example of ethical behavior in our professional and personal lives, to act as leaders in our club and community, and to fully support Rotary’s highest priority of polio eradication.

 

The job of Rotarian brings immense benefits. We enjoy incomparable fellowship with one another and the great personal satisfaction that comes from serving others. If you believe in Rotary and its power to make a difference in the world, it is time to stand up and commit to doing the best job you can — with all of your mind, your heart, and your soul. The Future of Rotary Is in Your Hands.