Rotary Theme 2017-2018: Rotary: Making a Difference

Rotary International President-elect Ian H.S. Riseley announced on Monday that protecting the environment and curbing climate change are essential to Rotary’s goal of sustainable service.  Riseley, a member of the Rotary Club of Sandringham, Victoria, Australia, unveiled the 2017-18 presidential theme, Rotary: Making a Difference, to incoming district governors at Rotary’s International Assembly in San Diego, California, USA. Environmental degradation and global climate change are serious threats to everyone, Riseley said. “They are having […]

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Rotary Theme 2016-2017: Rotary Serving Humanity

Rotary International’s President-elect John F. Germ unveiled the 2016-17 presidential theme, Rotary Serving Humanity, to incoming district governors on 18 January at the International Assembly in San Diego, California, USA. Rotary’s founder, Paul Harris, believed that serving humanity is “the most worthwhile thing a person can do,” Germ said, and that being a part of Rotary is a “great opportunity” to make that happen.  “I believe everyone recognizes the opportunity to serve Rotary for […]

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Rotary Theme 2015-2016: Be a Gift to the World

During the International Assembly, Rotary International’s President-elect, K.R. “Ravi” Ravindran, announced his presidential theme for 2015-2016: Be a Gift to the World.  He asked Rotarians around the world to use their talents, expertise, and leadership skills to transform the lives of others.  Incoming district governors enthusiastically agreed that this theme exemplifies the true meaning of being a Rotarian.  “The fact of the matter is, it’s about sharing. This is why we’re here and what […]

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Rotary Theme 2014-2015: Light Up Rotary

Rotary International President-elect Gary C.K. Huang chose Light Up Rotary as his theme for 2014-15. Huang was inspired by the teachings of Chinese philosopher Confucius who said: “It is better to light a single candle, than to sit and curse the darkness.”  “There are so many problems in the world, so many people who need help.  Many people say, ‘There’s nothing I can do.’ So they sit there doing nothing. Meanwhile everything stays dark,” Huang […]

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Rotary Theme 2013-2014: Engage Rotary, Change Lives

Rotary International President-elect Ron Burton will ask Rotarians to Engage Rotary, Change Lives in 2013-14. He unveiled his theme during the opening plenary session of the 2013 International Assembly in San Diego, California, USA, the annual training event for incoming district governors.  “If we really want to take Rotary service forward, then we must make sure that every single Rotarian has the same feeling about Rotary that each one of us here has today,” […]

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Rotary Theme 2012-2013: Service Through Peace

At the 2012 International Assembly, Rotary International President-elect Sakuji Tanaka asked Rotarians to build Peace Through Service in 2012-13.  He  unveiled the theme for his presidential year during the opening plenary session of the 2012 International Assembly, a training event for incoming Rotary district governors.  “Peace, in all of the ways that we can understand it, is a real goal and a realistic goal for Rotary,” he said. “Peace is not something that can […]

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Rotary Theme 2011-2012: Reach Within to Embrace Humanity

Rotary International President-elect Kalyan Banerjee encouraged Rotarians to Reach Within to Embrace Humanity during the 2011-12 Rotary year. Banerjee unveiled the RI theme during the opening plenary session of the 2011 International Assembly, a training event for incoming district governors.  He urged participants to harness their inner resolve and strength to achieve success in Rotary. “In order to achieve anything in this world, a person has to use all the resources he can draw […]

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Rotary Theme 2010-2011: Building Communities – Bridging Continents

The Rotary International theme for 2010-11 was unveiled today at the 2010 International Assembly in San Diego.  RI President-Elect Ray Klinginsmith announced the theme Building Communities – Bridging Continents.  In selecting the theme, Klinginsmith said he reviewed past RI themes and noted that only a very few spoke to non- Rotarians.  With this theme, he hopes to have changed that.  Klinginsmith said he arrived at the theme after reviewing RI themes of years past.  […]

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