DG Dr Daryl Moran
In 1985, a history book of Rotary International entitled ‘The Golden Wheel’ was published to mark Rotary’s 80th birthday. The Foreword was written by a fellow Rotarian, the late Prince Philip the Duke of Edinburgh, and his words still ring true some 36 years later. In commenting on statistics about the large number of Rotarians and clubs in the world he said, ‘these numbers really mean nothing at all, unless the members are inspired by Rotary’s challenging philosophy, expressed by its splendidly simple motto, ‘Service Above Self.’
 
How appropriate that our Rotary theme for 2021-22 should be that of ‘Serve to Change Lives’, as our President of Rotary International, Shekhar Mehta inspires and encourages us to put Service First in all our Rotary endeavours. We know that one of the key reasons people join Rotary and indeed one of the reasons why we stay, is to take part in grassroots community service and to do good in the world. In fact, these two factors should be the only ‘useful purpose’ of our clubs and help to guide all that we do.
 
I look forward to working with all of you as our District embarks upon its fortieth year of Service Above Self in this part of Victoria and the wider world. I encourage you to remember why you joined Rotary and reflect on whether those reasons still exist or have disappeared. I encourage you to look to remove barriers to club membership and review the actions of your club to make them better focused and engaging. Be audacious in working hard to respond to the District Governor’s Four Challenges in the areas of Club Excellence, Club Innovation, Rotary Family and Rotary Support.
 
By being People of Action all of us can more positively respond to our ‘splendidly simple motto – Service Above Self.’

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