Rotary Connects the World’ and my connection with Rotary took another giant step forward on the 30th June 2019 when I received the honour of becoming the District Governor for the wonderful District 9630. Thank you to all our district members, Friends of Rotary, family and my local community for your support and the opportunity to continue to ensure the power of connection makes our members, club and district strong as we all make a difference in our communities. When Rotary International President Mark Maloney announced our theme for this Rotary year I was overcome with tears as I was only in San Diego because of the wonderful connections I had made within our district and throughout my personal life. Connection. One word, so many meanings including the way in which two people, facts, ideas, events etc. are related to each other, and one is affected or caused by the other. We can learn the meaning of connection from books but the power of Connection is something we feel. ‘Community is all about Connection. A Community is by definition, Connected’ (Quote from D John Carlson). Rotary is a community within our communities and across the world. We are ‘People of Action’ with values that assist us as we give Service Above Self. Our strength is in our connection. As President Mark said ‘That connection is what lies at the heart of the Rotary experience. It is what brings us to Rotary. It is why we stay. It is how we will grow Rotary. In this ever more divided world, Rotary connects us all. Through Rotary, we connect to the incredible diversity of humanity on a truly unique footing, forging deep and lasting ties in pursuit of a common goal. I am looking forward to spending this year, including my 1 extra day with 2020 being a leap year, connecting with all our members and helping clubs to look for new people, communities and ways of connecting and strengthening the connections within our clubs. In my first 28 days I have had so much fun meeting club members, family, friends and people from the local and business communities. It is amazing to see the way everyone enjoys the friendship that can quickly build when people connect with common goals. District 9630 members, you are incredible and together we will grow Rotary and make an even bigger difference to the communities you serve. Ros Kelly District Governor 2019-2020District Conference:Chinchilla Conference 2021 – Looking Back - Moving Forward.Scheduled for 5-7th March 2021, in Toowoomba this conference will be a culmination of ‘Looking Back’ on our achievements and ‘Moving Forward ‘ to the new era of Rotary. It will be the time to celebrate District 9630 as it transitions to District 9620 in July 2021. 2019/20 Rotary Theme:RI President-elect Mark Daniel Maloney’s theme for 2019-20, Rotary Connects the World, asks Rotarians to strengthen the many ways that Rotary Connects the World, building the connections that allow talented, thoughtful, and generous people to unite and take meaningful action through Rotary service.
What is Rotary?
WE TRANSFORM COMMUNITIES
We take action locally and globally.
Each day, our members pour their
passion, integrity, and intelligence
into completing projects that have
a lasting impact. We persevere until
we deliver real, lasting solutions.
WE CONNECT PEOPLE
Rotary unite more than a million
Through Rotary clubs, people from all
continents and cultures come together
to exchange ideas, and form friendships
and professional connections while
making a difference in their backyards
and around the world.
WE SOLVE PROBLEMS
No challenge is too big for us.
For more than 110 years, we’ve
bridged cultures and connected
continents to champion peace,
fight illiteracy and poverty, pro-
mote clean water and sanitation,
and fight disease.
People of ActionRotary is where neighbours, friends, and problem-solvers share ideas, join leaders and take action to create lasting change.
Our District consists of 52 clubs and almost 1200 Rotarians covering an area from Redland Bay, south of the Brisbane River to Beenleigh, along the western line to Charleville and south to St George. Each club has its own unique character, its own short and long term goals and projects, its own mixture of members, gender, ages, vocations and experience but the one thing that unites us all is the desire to serve and to make a difference in the world. Rotary’s core values are service, fellowship, diversity, Integrity and leadership. These core values form the foundation on which we perform and conduct ourselves. They define what we stand for and inspire us to support the ideal of Service above Self. As the world is changing, we too as an organisation, need to change or adapt, however, our core values will never change.In the 2017-18 Rotary year our theme was Rotary Making a Difference and we were encouraged to broaden our horizon. This year, 2018-19 our goal is to Be The Inspiration in the world, in our communities and in the lives of others. How we do this is up to each individual and each club but the one common factor in everything we do is our commitment to our core values and the ideal of service above self.We live in a changing world, the way we act, communicate and conduct our daily lives is changing. If Rotary is to grow and prosper in this changing world then we need to adapt to these changes. We need to be relevant to our membership and to the members we are trying to attract to our organisation. I am honoured and privileged to serve you as your District Governor for 2018-19. I know each and everyone one of you have commitments outside Rotary, to family and friends and to work, and rightly so. I ask that you do what you can and when you can, to help make a difference in our communities and across the world.YIRSJitendra PrasadPast District Governor 2018-2019