扶輪是什麼?扶輪社做些什麼事?這些是潛在社員及其他感興趣的人經常問扶輪社員們的問題,社員們很難在幾分鐘內有效回答。

 

雖然我們的主要座右銘「超我服務」凸顯了扶輪的利他性質,但卻無法回答這二個問題。因此,我決定尋找一個簡短的主題來達成兩個目標:第一個目標是要向非扶輪社員解釋扶輪的目的,第二個目標是要向扶輪社員確認和證實扶輪原則的重要性。

 

為了尋找恰當的辭彙,我複習了四大服務,注意到社務服務及職業服務都能幫助我們享受生命以及當一個好公民。社區服務及職業服務兩項合起來可使我們當地的社區成為更適合居住及工作的地方。而國際服務允許我們和其他國家及其他洲的扶輪社合作,來使世界成為更適合居住的地方,並提供更好的機會來達成世界瞭解、親善、及和平。

 

重要的是要記住,扶輪不僅是一種「服務精神」,扶輪也是各扶輪社所構成的組織,我們必須與其他人及其他組織分享扶輪的服務、聯誼、多樣性、正直、及領導等核心價值。為了抓住扶輪的精髓,我考慮過許多字及短語,最後我挑出幾個字,以我們最擅長做的事來描述扶輪目前的使命並凸顯我們的成就。

 

打造社區──連結世界

我希望你會同意這幾個字能恰如其分反映我們扶輪社員是什麼樣的人、以及我們做些什麼事。我們是一個獨特而且重要的組織- 當然是世界上最優秀的組織之一。我們在建立社區精神及資源扮演舉足輕重的角色。在這個世界上,我們扶輪社員最擅長結合全世界各地善心人士,然後取得他們的合作和支持來使世界成為一個更適合居住及工作的地方。套用柯愛德(Ed Cadman)的話,「扶輪的團結不是來自表面上的一致」。能成為扶輪社員,我們的確幸運!

 

我把此一哲理應用在研擬2010-11 年度社長獎。我認為四大服務每一服務途徑都同樣重要,所以我們以問卷形式擬出新的社長獎計畫,來協助扶輪社檢驗他們是否在四大服務的每一項都發揮作用。我們也擬出了更高層級的「特優社長獎」來向每年都獲得社長獎的扶輪社挑戰。

 

我們希望當我們致力於加大步伐來增進聯誼及服務時,以及當我們為延續始自1910 年第一次扶輪年會的服務,而邁入國際扶輪第二個世紀的服務時,新的問卷將成為扶輪社及地區總監很有用的工具。

 

 

 

 

 

What is Rotary? What does a Rotary club do? Th ese questions are oft en asked of Rotarians by prospective members and other interested people, and they are difficult to answer eff ectively in a few short minutes.

 

Although our primary motto Service Above Self highlights our altruistic nature, it fails to answer the two questions. Th erefore, I decided to search for a briefl y stated theme that would fulfi ll two objectives: The fi rst to explain the purpose of Rotary to non- Rotarians and the second to confi rm and validate the importance of our principles to Rotarians.

 

In my search for the right words, I reviewed the four Avenues of Service and noted that Club Service and Vocational Service both help us to enjoy life and to be good citizens. Community Service and Vocational Service combine to make our local communities better places for us to live and work. And International Service permits us to partner with clubs in other countries and on diff erent continents to make the world a better place to live with an improved opportunity for world understanding, goodwill, and peace.

 

It is important to remember that Rotary is a “spirit of service” as well as an organization of Rotary clubs,and we need to share our core values of service, fellowship, diversity, integrity, and leadership with other people and organizations. I considered many words and phrases to capture the essence of Rotary, and the words I fi nally selected to describe Rotary’s current mission and to highlight our achievements are what we do best:

 

Building Communities – Bridging Continents

 

I hope you agree that these four words aptly refl ect who we are, and what we do, as Rotarians. We are a unique and a premier organization — certainly one of the best in the world. We build the spirit and resources of our local communities in an important way, and we are the best in the world at linking people of goodwill around the globe and then gaining their cooperation and support to make the world a much better place to live and work. In the words of Ed Cadman, Rotary is unity without uniformity.”We are indeed fortunate to be otarians!

 

I applied the same philosophy in developing the Presidential Citation for 2010-11. I consider each of the four Avenues of Service to be equally important, and we have created a new citation program in the form of a questionnaire to help clubs test their eff ectiveness in all four avenues. We also have produced a higher-level “Presidential Citation with Distinction”to challenge those clubs that routinely earn the annual presidential citations.

 

We hope the new questionnaire will be a helpful tool to both the clubs and the district governors as we seek to lengthen our stride and improve our levels of fellowship and service, as we move forward into the second century of service for Rotary nternational, which started with the fi rst convention of Rotary clubs in 1910.