This speech was drafted for Rotary Club of Koronadal 2018-2019 Induction and Turn over Ceremony. Some of the contents were copied straight from Rotary.org website and no plagiarism intended.
Be the inspiration.
To Serve Above Our Selves. To Be The Inspiration. To be the agent of positive and sustainable change.
More than 110 years ago, a Chicago based lawyer setup a group of professionals with diverse backgrounds so that it could exchange ideas, form meaningful, lifelong friendships, and give back to their communities. It was dubbed as ROTARY – as it came from the group’s early practice of rotating meetings among the offices of its members.
Who would have thought, but after century and from 4 members Rotary now links 1.2 million members to form an organization of international scope. In fact, just 16 years after it has founded Rotary has clubs across six continents. It persevered through hard times. During World War II, Rotary clubs in Austria, Germany, Italy, Japan, and Spain were forced to disband. Despite the risks, many continued to meet informally, and after the war, Rotary members came together to rebuild their clubs and their countries. Rotary was not only witness to the world history, it became part of it.
Who would have thought too, on its 58th year, Rotary Club of Koronadal is having its induction and turn over ceremony? It is inspiring to note that I am not only a witness to this historic moment but also a part of it. I couldn’t have thought of it as well.
The goals and aspirations of Rotary may have changed over the course of years. But whatever Rotary may mean to us, as what Paul Harris said, to the world, it will be known by the results it achieves.
Tonight, I will be taking the mantle to be your inspiring president. Though I got trouble accepting it due to financial burden; the cause of this organization, however, inspires me to heed to such call.
I wish and pray that we continue to be an inspiration to the community by taking responsibility on the world’s persistent needs.
We will continue promoting peace, fighting diseases, providing clean water, sanitation, and hygiene, saving mothers and children, supporting education, and growing local economies.
We will continue the fight to end polio, a terrible disease that robs our children a bright future.
We will then inspire the young ones, not only to serve but also to take real life leadership by joining Rotary and use their talents, skills, and resources by doing good in the world.
The Rotary Club of Koronadal’s affair doesn’t end just here tonight. It is a start of challenging yet fulfilling tasks ahead.
To fellow Rotarians, honourable guests, family, and friends. I am voluntarily accepting, without mental reservation or purpose of evasion, the call to be this year’s President of the Rotary Club of Koronadal.