Incoming district governors excited to Light Up Rotary

140114_themelogoBy Daniela Garcia, RI editorial staff

Incoming district governors enthusiastically greeted the theme for 2014-15, Light Up Rotary, during the first plenary of the International Assembly, Rotary’s annual training event for future leaders. RI President-elect Gary C.K. Huang explained he was inspired by the teachings of Chinese philosopher Confucious who said: “It is better to light a single candle, than to sit and curse the darkness.”

I asked several of the future leaders their thoughts about the theme, moments after it had been unveiled here in San Diego, California, USA. Here is what they said:

Ramesh Agrawal, governor-elect of District 3052 (India): ”This theme gives us a new idea and it’s very easy to understand, very easy to communicate to everyone so we can spread the Rotary movement to more people. More people will join Rotary, and then we’ll have more hands for service in the future.

Arturo Ruiz Juarez, governor-elect of District 4150 (Mexico): ”The theme for next year is very motivating. With this idea, we can reach the hearts of many people who want to do good, who want to serve Rotary.”

Kirenjit Kaur, governor-elect of District 3300 (Malaysia): ”The theme is inspiring, it connects with us. I think it really works with having women and younger people join Rotary.”

Gary Earl Bray, governor-elect of District 7670 (North Carolina,USA):  “I think one of the best things about this theme is that it’s open to interpretation by clubs as to how they would like to think about improving Rotary and getting Rotarians actively engaged in projects, as well as enthusiastic about their clubs.”

Josephine Weber, governor-elect of District 6980 (Florida,USA):  “The new theme is gonna light everybody sky up, it’s off the charts, tons of brainstorming, and it’s like fireworks forever.”

Source: Rotary Voices

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