Rotary International 2013-2014 Theme
The Rotary Club of Greater Huntsville (RCGH) is a group of dedicated individuals - Rotarians, each actively engaged to collaborate and commit our collective talents and available resources towards meeting needs within our community; locally, regionally, and internationally. We operate as a member of Rotary International, a world-wide network of more than 33,000 clubs, in communities at the “grass-root level,” each with a common goal to serve others and change
lives for the better.
Recent-Past Rotary International President, Sakuji Tanaka, once said: “When we see the needs of others as more important than our own needs – when we focus on a shared goal that is for the good of all – this changes everything. It changes how we relate to the world. It changes priorities. And it changes how we understand the idea of peace.”
I have found in my own travels that the first step towards peace and harmony is gaining an understanding of and accepting other points of view. Rotary provides opportunities for peoples of countless backgrounds, cultures and societies to better understand the richness of what each can offer to all of us.
As Rotarians, we strive for peace and to change the lives of others in our community and throughout the world, actively embracing the Rotary motto, “Service Above Self”. And so it is for Rotarians everywhere. Our beliefs are very well described by this year’s Rotary International theme: “Engage Rotary, Change Lives.”
One of Rotary’s most important international service projects has been to provide resources to immunize and thereby protect every child on our planet from the effects of polio. This is a tremendous undertaking; but, we are determined to eliminate that terrible disease in our lifetime, and change the lives of children and their children for the better, forever. We are so close to achieving our goal! This can happen; this will happen!
Our club gathers weekly to share opportunities for networking, fellowship, social and intellectual engagement, and for fun on Wednesday in the Redstone Federal Credit Union’s Conference facility on Wynn Drive; lunch starts at noon and ends at 1PM. We also meet in smaller groups to accomplish our service projects in the community, or to just socialize and discuss innovative ways that we can make a difference and change the lives of those less fortunate than us.
Learn more about Rotary International and our world-wide humanitarian and peace programs at www.rotary.org.
So, please gather with us, have fun learning about what we are doing in our community, and learn for yourself how Rotary can enrich your life.
Edward L. Stone
Rotary Club of Greater Huntsville, Alabama