Dear Club President & Members Rotary Club of Pokhara Newroad Dear fellow Rotarians:
ROTARY: MAKING A DIFFERENCE
Ian H.S. Riseley
Some years ago, a new acquaintance asked me what should have been a simple questi a�?What is Rotary?a�? I opened my mouth to reply and then stopped short with the realizati that I simply did not know where to begin. The problem wasna��t that I didna��t know what Rotary was. The problem was that Rotary was-and is-too large and complex to easily defi We are a member-based organizati a club-based organizati and a service based organizati we are local, regional, and internati we are community members, businesspeople and professionals, working and reti ed, acti e in nearly every country in the world. Every one of our 1.2 million members has a unique set of goals, experiences, and prioriti every one of us has a unique understanding of Rotary.
To me, Rotary is defi d not by who we are, but by what we do-by the potenti that Rotary gives us, and the ways we realize that potenti in meaningful and lasti service. Rotary has been around for a long ti 112 years. In some ways, wea��ve changed tremendously, as wea��ve grown, matured, and adapted to the changing needs of our members and communiti In our fundamentals, however, we remain the same: an organizati
of people with the desire-and through Rotary, the ability -to make a difference in our communiti and the world.
We answer the questi a�?What is Rotary?a�?
with our acti by making a difference through our service. As an organizati we recognize how important it is that the world understand what Rotary is, and what we do. At the same ti , we know that it is more important than ever to allow our clubs to defi Rotary service for themselves. As Rotarians, we have more fl xibility than ever to decide how we want our clubs to meet, work, and grow. Wea��re focused more than ever on making sure that Rotary refl the people it serves, with more women
and a more diverse membership. And wea��re working hard to ensure that Rotary remains the worlda��s pre-eminent volunteer service
organizati by emphasizing long-term planning, sustainable service, and conti in
leadership on every level.
In 2017-18, we will answer the questi a�?What is Rotary?a�? with the theme Rotary: Making a Difference. However each of us chooses to serve, we do it because we know our service makes a difference in the lives of others. Whether we are building a new playground or a new school, improving medical care or sanitati training confl mediators or midwives, we know that the work we do will change peoplea��s lives a�� in ways large and small a�� for the better. Whatever moti ati each of us had for joining Rotary, it is the sati facti
we fi in Rotary that causes us to remain, the sati facti of knowing that week by week, year by year, we are part of Rotary: Making a Difference.