Message From Our President and Trustee Chair

“In 2013-14 we worked strategically to serve our communities now, while ensuring Rotary’s ability to serve even more effectively in the future: with more members, more vibrant clubs, and a stronger Rotary Foundation.”
— Rotary International President Ron D. Burton and Rotary Foundation Trustee Chair Dong Kurn (D.K.) Lee

Message

Increasing our ability to bring lasting change

In Rotary, we know that what really matters is not how much we ourselves achieve, but how much all of us achieve together. With that in mind, in 2013-14 we worked strategically to serve our communities now, while ensuring Rotary’s ability to serve even more effectively in the future: with more members, more vibrant clubs, and a stronger Rotary Foundation.

Membership was a top priority in this Rotary year. We began to implement our new regional membership plans, helping Rotarians grow their clubs and districts in a way appropriate for them. We also reached out to younger members of the Rotary family through a series of New Generations conferences in Rotary countries around the world. The talent and dedication we saw at these events inspired us — and reminded us of how important it is to bring in younger members, to keep our clubs healthy, and to ensure quality leadership in years to come.

This was also a year of milestones in Foundation giving. Despite the globally challenging economic situation, we are closer than ever to our Every Rotarian, Every Year goal, with record Annual Fund giving of $116.6 million.

We also successfully concluded the first year of our End Polio Now: Make History Today campaign. We fully met our agreement with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, by which the $35 million we committed to polio eradication was matched 2-to-1 by the Gates Foundation, resulting in $105 million of new funding for eradication efforts. Your longstanding support helped all of Southeast Asia, including India, become certified polio-free this year. And the funds from this joint campaign will provide crucial support to the polio endgame plan and our goal of complete eradication by 2018.

Every Rotarian is a link in a chain that stretches back 109 years, to the days of Paul Harris. And every one of us knows that the more we give to Rotary, the more it gives back to us — in friendship, in new experiences, and in the joys of service. In the pages of this annual report, you will see the many ways that you, and your fellow Rotarians, have chosen to Engage Rotary, Change Lives.


Ron D. Burton
2013-14 President
Rotary International


Dong Kurn (D.K.) Lee
2013-14 Trustee Chair
The Rotary Foundation

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Rotary’s 2013-14 President Ron D. Burton and Trustee Chair Dong Kurn (D.K.) Lee thank you for helping change lives through Rotary.

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