The first RI president to present a “Theme” to Rotarians during the International was S. Kenner Guernsy, RI President in 1947-48. His Theme was:
“Enter to learn, go forth to serve.”
Rotarians at the International Assembly held in Quebec, 1948.
Photo © Rotary International.
The International Assembly, is Rotary's annual event for governors-elect. It was first held in Chicago in 1919. Between 1928-1950, it was held before the convention, at a site near the convention city. It then moved to Lake Placid, New York, for more than 20 years. In recent years, it has been held in San Diego, California, USA. It's now held much earlier to allow incoming governors more time to prepare for their year as governor.
The first “Theme” and “Logo” combination was presented by PRI Herbert J. Taylor, the creator of the 4-way test, and RI President 1954-55. PRIP Herbert Taylor had a Theme of six objectives for Rotarians to follow. His Theme logo was a card to each Rotary Club President congratulating them on their election as President of their Club during that “Golden Anniversary Year” (50 years) and suggesting that they study the six goals that he had put forth. From that start, each incoming RI President has created a “Theme” and a “Logo.” That combination is presented to the incoming District Governors each year during the International Assembly.
Six Objectives for 1954-55:
1. glean from the past and act
2. share with others
3. build with Rotary’s Way Test
4. serving youth
5. international good will
6. good Rotarians are good citizens.
The Theme for the year 2016-17 as presented by Incoming RI president John Germ in San Diego last week is:
Many of the Maryborough Rotary members may remember Ravi from his visit to the club
It is not often that you see a Consul General swim in sewage infused flood waters to help more than a thousand stranded people! This is what Mr.Ravi Raman did. The Honorary Consul of Mauritius for South India and Managing Director of RR industries owns RR Towers in Guindy Industrial Estate,Chennai, which houses more than 40 IT and other companies including Wipro, Quadrant, Bharat Matrimony etc.
When rains battered and flooded Chennai, Ravi did not sit around and send financial aid or delegate rescue and relief for people in and around his towers whose lives were threatened. Instead, he took it upon himself to personally go, rescue and supervise all arrangements despite his buildings being under 12 feet of water. There were some 50 employees of his tenants plus his own maintenance staff who were stuck in his buildings RR Tower 3 and 4 and another 1000 from the neighbouring labourer’s colony whose houses were washed away in the floods, who needed immediate help. Ravi risked his life and drove till the point where he could, and parked his car and got into his swimming trunks to swim in the oily, mucky and highly contaminated water for almost a kilometer before he reached his building to assess the situation first hand. Ravi describes the experience “ The water was more than 8 feet deep and the currents were very strong. It took me more than an hour to reach the spot and it was not easy swimming for so long but I was determined to reach the people whose lives were at risk. On the way, I rested on cars which were submerged in water and swam along. I was shocked to see what lay in front of me; the area resembled a large lake, the entire basement was covered in water and the cars were submerged deep under. The nearby slums and houses of labourers were all under water”. Ravi has lived all his life in Chennai and says that he had never seen anything of this magnitude ever.
Traditionally, RAWCS has been the Australian arm of Rotary International that assists Rotary Clubs with the development and management of International projects. As a result of its recent re-organisation into a National Rotary body, RAWCS now offers more diverse opportunities for service projects here in Australia and overseas
RAWCS is the largest and fastest growing arm of Rotary in Australia.
The RAWCS vision is to support Australian Rotarians and Rotary Clubs in assisting disadvantaged communities and individuals with humanitarian aid projects.
RAWCS consists of several committees integrated together within the same organization
DONATIONS IN KIND (DIK)
ROTARIANS AGAINST MALARIA (RAM)
SAFE WATER AND SANITATION SAVES LIVES (SSWSL)
ROTARY AUSTRALIA BENEVOLENT SOCIETY
ROTARY AUSTRALIA DISASTER FUND
The devastation caused by the Scotsburn fires on December 15, saw the people of Ballarat and district rallying to help those who had been affected by the disaster .
Through the coordination efforts of the Buninyong Lion’s Club the Rotary Clubs of the Ballarat region, we were able to provide support to the volunteer workers by preparing and serving meals .The Rotary Clubs involved worked on a roster system with other organisations such as CFA, CWA and Lion’s.
A wonderful effort by all, demonstrating that when disasters happen, volunteer organisations like Rotary are always ready to answer the call for help. (picture shows volunteers with a number of fridges ready to be used to assist in the task of supporting those who had lost their homes) You will find detailed reports on the left hand side of this page under Scotsburn Fires 2016.
- See more at: http://www.rotary9780.org/Stories/volunteer-organisations-working-together-to-help-after-the-recent-scotsburn-fires#sthash.nFl9x135.dpuf