There are times that I, as a Rotarian, and on account of being particularly inspired, manage to stand so proudly that I am capable of achieving a height surpassing any record ever taken by a certified physician. This is not to say that I cower at the thought of the doctor’s office, or that I am insinuating that non-physicians are incapable of taking an appropriate height, nor would I be so boorish as to call into question the professionalism of un-certified physicians. There are simply Rotary moments in which I beam with pride, and which I am not ashamed to say, are often subsequently followed by effusive sentimentality. I’ve noticed that these moments have greatest tendency to occur while addressing the new generations, with the effect achieving its climax during my reflections shortly thereafter, and the ‘beaming’ staying with me for some to come.

Regressing back to what underlies and drives Rotary, we find conscience and zeal. ‘Rotary’ is merely an avatar for the collective commitment to conscience of Rotarians and the zeal with which we flourish our ethos. Our commitment is a commitment to Service Above Self. And each time I have the chance to meet with the new generations, and look out across them, I know that I am peering into the eyes of young people with whom we share the same commitment and zeal. I am looking into the future of Rotary. But while our starting point is the same, and I can hear echoes of myself in them at that age, I also know that my time in Rotary has changed me as a person.

No one can deny that Rotary is a meeting ground for professionals, not to mention a premiere outlet for fellowship and social interaction, but, behind the banners and bands, posh dinners, lights, and performances, Rotary is a service-driven club that seeks to advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through the improvement of health, the support of education, and the alleviation of poverty. Across the globe Rotarians are digging wells and providing clean water, planting trees and improving the environment, and distributing vaccines and eradicating polio. But through service and club activities we learn, embrace, and incorporate Rotary ideals into our own personal ethos. So, Rotary isn’t just about making the world a better place; Rotary is also about making us better people. It’s a bidirectional dynamic. Paul Harris recognized this early on saying that, “It is man’s job to be a good Rotarian, and he who lives up to the precepts will be a good neighbor, a kind friend, a loving husband, a companionable father, and an asset to the community in which he lives.”

While many of us of the old guard have earned our salt and know first-hand how Rotary has made us better neighbors, friends, husbands and wives, mothers and fathers, and members of our communities, we have to remember that not everyone on the Rotary mission is a Rotarian. In fact, I’m more than happy to report that we’re hopelessly outnumbered!

Here in District 3450, our Rotaractors outnumber our Rotarians by four-fold. If we include the Adopt-a-School and Interactors, we have over 10,000 young not-yet-Rotarians engaged in Rotary. While committed to the cause and equipped with bright eyes brimming with zeal, these new generations haven’t yet had the chance to fully reap the edificatory benefits of Rotary service or club activities.

So, in this month, I hope that we can reflect on the new generations, and think about how we can help them to develop into better people the Rotary way.

地區總監九月文告 (摘譯)

我們發現,驅動扶輪,為扶輪註釋的是良知與熱誠。扶輪代表了扶輪社員體現集約承諾的良知;具備發揚道德規範的熱誠。我們的承諾是超我服務。當我每次和年青人一起時,感覺是和他們共同分享同一的承諾和熱誠。我看到了扶輪的未來。當我們的起點是相同的時候,我聽到了年輕時的回響,也明白到是扶輪把我變得成熟。

大多數人都知道扶輪是專業人仕的集中地,但不單是聯誼和社交場合,在扶輪旗幟,樂隊,宴會,聚光燈和表演之後,扶輪是以服務為主導的組織,通過增強健康,支援教育和解脱貧窮來追求達至更好的國際瞭解,信譽與和平。全球扶輪社員探挖深井提供潔淨食水,廣植樹木以改進環境,遍發疫苗來消滅小兒痳痺症。通過服務和活動,我們學習、擁抱、溶合扶輪信念於個人道德觀念中。因此,扶輪不單讓世界變得更美好,也讓我們可以更進一步提升自己。這是一個雙向的互動。保羅哈里斯前瞻地說道﹕一個人的任務是要成為好的扶輪社員,以身作則地成為好隣居,良朋好友,互愛的伴侶,友善的雙親,最重要是成為社區的資源。

3450地區,扶青團員的人數遠超扶輪社員人數有四倍之多。如加上扶輪與校同行計劃和扶少團的年輕人,我們約有一萬名非扶輪社員參與扶輪當中。當我們勵兵秣馬推行服務時,我們時有忽略年青一代的需要,以致他們未能在扶輪服務中分享到成果。

這個月,我希望我們聚焦新一代,多想想如何協助他們在扶輪道路上走得更好,更遠。