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October-November 2020 | Regulars

Tony Black – Rotary International Director’s Column

Tony Black – Rotary International Director’s Column

Rotary International Director, Tony Black discusses how we can build on this momentum and seize the opportunity to embrace change so that Rotary keeps thriving.

Is this our moment, our time?

We bring people together. We solve problems, maybe not to everyone’s satisfaction, and while we must be ready to listen and adapt, we need to live by our core values of service, fellowship, diversity, integrity, and leadership.

In all aspects of our lives, we must be prepared to lead.

Some of our members are saying how much they enjoy the on-line meetings.

How can we build on this momentum and seize the opportunity to embrace change so that Rotary keeps thriving?

Tell your communities about your club, and the world about Rotary, and create the club you wish existed. Maybe bring people together for a cause.

In my garden, at the moment, I am in the throes of harvesting the crops I planted in the spring. We in Rotary usually take longer to see the results of our efforts.

Tell your communities about your club, and the world about Rotary, and create the club you wish existed. Maybe bring people together for a cause.”

Take the End Polio Now campaign, which started 34 years ago. In August this year, after decades of effort across 47 African countries, we have had the success of African countries, Rotary members, and our partners in eliminating the wild poliovirus throughout the region, proving that polio eradication is possible.

But COVID-19 has shown us that a virus is really only a plane ride away, and as long as polio exists somewhere, it remains a threat everywhere.

With continued support from Rotary, donors, governments, and our world partners, I am confident we can beat polio for good. Rotary’s leadership in this long campaign is so worthwhile.

COVID-19 has shown us that a virus is really only a plane ride away, and as long as polio exists somewhere, it remains a threat everywhere.”

So, if you read an interesting or inspiring article/information about Rotary on social media, please share it with all your friends and contacts.

Let the world know about the good news.

I cannot tell you what to do. All I ask is that you all do something – maybe the something is staying safe and isolated, others out working in the community, or raising money for the End Polio Now campaign. In whatever you are doing, please stay safe and well.

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