Rotary Club of Sambalpur City
Central Building, Hirakud Colony, Sambalpur,
Odisha - 768001
Newsflash: Tree Plantation is on 05/08/2017 7:30am at Gopal ji Vidya Mandir (Our Projected Happy School )
Hello Rotarians and friends;
Welcome to the Rotary year 2017-18
Theme: “Make a Difference!”
As I prepare to take charge of the duties of my club (Rotary Club of Sambalpur City) as a President (from Jantinder Sharma: President 2016-17) let me share the vision I have for this year.
I and my administration team will be proud to take our club to new heights this year by rendering our services to humanity and society through our club projects. We shall continue the work of our last year’s projects like run for literacy, WinS (Wash in Schools) projects and our hockey academy. This year I would like to present new projects such as blanket distribution, care for animal welfare, health camp, formation of Interact Club (clubs for students from ages 12-18), new WinS projects, distribution of sewing machines to widow ladies, cold water tank fittings, tree plantation and adoption of school children for support of their future studies from our Happy School.
As our District Governor Rtn. Harjit Singh has identified all of us as a ‘trend setters” this is the time to set a major change a to 'make a difference' this year and to do justice to our theme in our district Rotary 3261.
I request all the Rotary Club of Sambalpur City members to coordinate together and show strong support our club throughout the year 2017-18 through regular meeting attendance and enthusiasm for upcoming projects. Let's make a difference!
Rotary Club of Sambalpur City
Some years ago, a new acquaintance asked me what should have been a simple question: “What is Rotary?” I opened my mouth to reply
and then stopped short with the realization that I simply did not know where to begin. The problem wasn’t that I didn’t know what Rotary was. The problem was that Rotary was — and is — too large and complex to easily define. We are a member-based organization, a club-based organization, and a service based organization; we are local, regional, and international; we are community members, business people and professionals, working and retired, active in nearly every country in the world. Every one of our 1.2 million members has a unique set of goals, experiences, and priorities; every one of us has a unique understanding of Rotary.
To me, Rotary is defined not by who we are, but by what we do — by the potential that Rotary gives us, and the ways we realize that potential in meaningful and lasting service. Rotary has been around for a long time: 112 years. In some ways, we’ve changed tremendously, as we’ve grown, matured, and adapted to the changing needs of our members and communities. In our fundamentals, however, we remain the same: an organization of people with the desire — and through Rotary, the ability — to make a difference in our communities, and the world.
We answer the question “What is Rotary?” with our actions, by making a difference through our service. As an organization, we recognize how important it is that the world understand what Rotary is, and what we do. At the same time, we know that it is more important than ever to allow our clubs to define Rotary service for themselves. As Rotarians, we have more flexibility than ever to decide how we want our clubs to meet, work, and grow. We’re focused more than ever on making sure that Rotary reflects the people it serves, with more women and a more diverse membership. And we’re working hard to ensure that Rotary remains the world’s pre-eminent volunteer service organization, by emphasizing long-term planning, sustainable service, and continuity in leadership on every level.
In 2017-18, we will answer the question “What is Rotary?” 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 sanitation, training conflict mediators or midwives, we know that the work we do will change people’s lives — in ways large and small
— for the better. Whatever motivation each of us had for joining Rotary, it is the satisfaction we find in Rotary that causes us to remain, the satisfaction of knowing that week by week, year by year, we are part of Rotary: Making a Difference.
Ian H.S. Riseley
President, Rotary International, 2017-18
Rtn. Harjit Singh
District Governor 2017/18
Dear Friends in Rotary,