In his inaugural address, U.S. President John F. Kennedy made this often quoted exhortation: “Ask not what your country can do for you – ask what you can do for your country.”
The same sentiments could be applied to the membership of Rotary.
Whether Rotary will survive or whether it will falter, whether our service will mean much to many or little to few, whether Rotary is known with respect or seen as a relic of days gone by, will be up to each and every Rotarian.
There is so much to be done in our world – to educate the illiterate, feed the hungry, provide shelter to the homeless. Our world is still ill divided, and the gap is not shrinking between the haves and the have-nots. But to whom much has been given, much is expected.
The most important people in Rotary are not the directors of the Board or the trustees of our Rotary Foundation, but the individual Rotarians working quietly in their clubs to assist those in communities who are less fortunate than themselves, for whom they know the need is great. This is Rotary at its finest: Rotarians identifying a need and responding to it.
For many, this is a special time of year. May it bring to each of you the blessings that it offers.
As we Light Up Rotary, let us remember that the future of our Foundation is in your hands.