Editor’s Note: The following is a comment in response to the post “How can Rotary stop its implosion throughout the Anglo world”
By Nick Phillips, PDG District 9370
On dialogue, as an African Rotarian, we are keenly aware of the divide between us and the rest of the Rotary world, more so because we do not have platforms to convey our realities to our Rotarian colleagues elsewhere. Africa is probably the largest net receiver of Rotary support but there are still elements of patronising and a failure to engage us as competent professionals with a special penchant for resourcefulness. With fifty-four countries embracing many cultures Rotary unification needs to be much more than the recognition that we live on the same continent and the current Rotary organisational structure doesn’t help at all.
Your comment that we are a closed system of competing elites is particularly telling. As someone who has hovered on the fringes of the hierarchy for a decade, I can attest to the energy wasted in the perpetuation of a system that could be more productively channelled towards creating a more inclusive and effective Rotary.
Of course, I wouldn’t have changed my experience for anything but, in hindsight, I echo your views and wish for a cultural revolution in Rotary that might unlock the shackles that prevent us from realising our full potential.