I wish each one of you and your families a great Rotary New Year! Together, let us make it one of the best years of our lives, by making it a year to grow more and do more. Let this be a year of changemakers and let us begin with our membership.

That is precisely why the Each One, Bring One initiative is so important. If each member introduces one person to the Rotary our membership can increase to 1.3 million by July 2022. So, let's just do it!

Imagine the change we, as Rotary members, can make when there are so many of us! More people to care for others, more people to Serve to Change Lives, more members will enable us to embark on bigger and bolder service projects.

One element that we can incorporate into all of our service initiatives is empowering girls. Unfortunately, even in this day and age girls and young women face disproportionate challenges all over the world. Empowering girls and young women to have greater access to education, better health care, more employment, and equality in all walks of life should be embedded in every Rotary project we launch. Girls are future leaders, so we must ensure that we help them change their future.

So, friends let us save to change lives.

Shekhar Mehta

Rotary Club of Calcutta-Mahanagar

                 President 2021 - 2022                

Excerpt from speech made from exiting DG Annemarie Mostert
“A special highlight of the year is to recognise the people who made the year special and memorable, and I’d like to do that now. With the COVID restrictions in place, we weren’t able to do a large in-person event, and I just have a core of my team with me in person today. I’m so pleased that many of my fellow Rotarians, friends and family are connecting from the world over. Thank you for helping us celebrate.” – Former DG Annemarie Mostert
 
A Strategic Advisors Award were presented to
- Ian Robertson and Robert Kydd from district 9350
- Sharon Robertson and Sarah van Heerden at Rotary Africa-South
- PDG Mark Doyle who couldn’t join us today, but has sent good wishes to all…
- Haroon Noor Mahomed – also from the E-club, who has contributed richly in fostering relationships with the diplomatic corp
- And then last, but not least Ndumi Mazibuko from Hunter Group, who could always be relied on to help us share the Rotary story
District Service Awards were presented to…
- Kobla Quashie, Sue Paget and Martin Forsyth-Thompson : who have established the relationship between RFHA Inc and the Kingdom of Eswatini
The following leaders in our District will represent us on Regional Level:
Nong Serote, Charles Deiner, Jankees Sligcher, Francis Callard and David Grant
I also want to recognise our newest Major Donor, Carol Stier for her generosity and commitment to making the world a better place.
For unwavering support and commitment to District, we award the following people:
Anton Meerkotter
Annie Steijn
Kevin Wolhuter
Paul Westcott
Alice Meyer
Sonja Shear
Kevin Norris
Vocational focus: David Grant and John Wesson
Exceptional Club Leadership – Ian Widdop
"I also want to acknowledge Jacqueline Weitz and Mariana Purnell for advancing the Rotary motto of "service above self" through their invaluable District service and creative input." - Former DG Annemarie Mostert
Public Image (Newsletters)… The Club Newsletter competition was not judged by me – but by an independent team.
"I would like to take this opportunity to announce the results -
WINNER-Rosebank Rotary Club "The Rosebank Ramble"
FIRST RUNNER UP-JHB New Dawn Rotary Club "Rising Sun"
SECOND RUNNER UP-Rotary E-Club of Southern Africa D9400
The District Meritorious Service Award. This highest recognition in my year is awarded to these recipients for their considerable impact and invaluable assistance during this last year." - Former DG Annemarie Mostert
The Meritorious Service Award is presented to:
Grant Daly
Carolyn Khoury
The Rotary Anns of District 9400
 
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Do you know an outstanding Rotary or Rotaract member or Peace Fellow working to empower girls?

Nominate them now through 23 July! Honorees will be recognized at key Rotary events, including Rotary Day with UNICEF in fall 2021.

Nomination Guidelines
 Submission Deadline: Friday 23 July 

 Equality is a fundamental human right that’s necessary for a peaceful, prosperous, and sustainable world. Still, girls and women worldwide face inequities in areas including health and education, and they experience violence and poverty at higher rates than boys and men.

In keeping with 2021-22 Rotary International President, Shekhar Mehta's goal of encouraging clubs and districts to empower girls in all of the service initiatives they undertake during his Presidential year, Rotary will honor six individuals – Rotarians, Rotaractors, and/or Rotary Peace Fellow Alumni - as Rotary People of Action: Champions of Girls' Empowerment during Rotary Day with UNICEF on 29 October. 

 

These distinguished individuals will be honored for their commitment to using their time and talents to improve access to education, health and sanitation resources and create environments where girls under the age of 18 can flourish. Empowering girls means supporting them to ensure that their basic needs are met while working to transform the structures and institutions that reinforce and perpetuate gender discrimination and inequality. It includes helping girls develop self-confidence and make their voices heard.
 
2021-22 District Governors (in consultation with the current 2020-21 governors), Rotarians, Rotaractors, and Rotary Peace Fellow Alumni have the opportunity to nominate one individual that meets the recognition criteria on the link below.

Recognition criteria

 
At its June meeting, the RI Board of Directors, with guidance from the DEI Taskforce, took additional steps to ensure our organization values and lives the principals of diversity, equity and inclusion by revisiting and strengthening Rotary's 2019 DEI statement. The result is a new Commitment to Diversity Equity and Inclusion adopted in June 2021:
At Rotary, we understand that cultivating a diverse, equitable, and inclusive culture is essential to realizing our vision of a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change.
We value diversity and celebrate the contributions of people of all backgrounds, across age, ethnicity, race, color, disability, learning style, religion, faith, socioeconomic status, culture, marital status, languages spoken, sex, sexual orientation, and gender identity as well as differences in ideas, thoughts, values, and beliefs.
Recognizing that individuals from certain groups have historically experienced barriers to membership, participation, and leadership, we commit to advancing equity in all aspects of Rotary, including in our community partnerships, so that each person has the necessary access to resources, opportunities, networks, and support to thrive.
We believe that all people hold visible and invisible qualities that inherently make them unique, and we strive to create an inclusive culture where each person knows they are valued and belong.
In line with our value of integrity, we are committed to being honest and transparent about where we are in our DEI journey as an organization, and to continuing to learn and do better.
The Board of Directors convened the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Taskforce in 2020 and tasked it with assessing the current state of DEI within Rotary and developing a comprehensive plan of action with achievable, measurable, and meaningful outcomes for Rotary. This plan is currently in development and will be presented to the Board of Directors in October 2021.
Additionally, the Board agreed to:
- Provide DEI training for incoming, current, and past RI officers
- Promote the Rotary Code of Conduct
- Establish protocols to report Code of Conduct violations
 
More information about these decisions, and our ongoing focus on DEI, will be available on rotary.org/dei in the coming weeks.
The Board thanks the taskforce for its ongoing commitment to creating a more just, open, and welcoming Rotary experience during this past year. The taskforce's work is critical to the organization's long-term success. The Board also extended the work of the DEI Taskforce through June 2023.
If you witness or experience someone acting in a way that violates Rotary's DEI statement, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
- Rotary International
 K.R. Ravindran
Trustee Chair 2020-21
 
“I have no fear of the future,” Winston Churchill once said. “Let us go forward into its mysteries, let us tear aside the veils which hide it from our eyes, and let us move onward with confidence and courage.”
Churchill used the phrase “let us go forward together” in some of his most famous speeches. He had no other choice but to look forward as he led his war-battered nation with courage.
Each generation inherits its own share of challenges; we are living through ours, never once stopping in the face of this challenge. In a year when people were unable to meet, families stayed secluded, and businesses struggled to flourish, we still managed to go forward together in many areas. Through Rotary Foundation grants, clubs and districts brought creative solutions to their pandemic-hit communities. Since March 2020, the Foundation has awarded over $34 million in grants to initiatives related to COVID-19.
The demand for our global grants was high. They were so popular that we had to make adjustments to grant funding policy that will begin 1 July in a prudent effort to balance demand with resources, so that more districts can participate.
This year, The Rotary Foundation took bold steps forward, breaking new ground: The Foundation expanded its reach with recognition of the environment as an area of focus and awarded our first Programs of Scale grant to a Rotarian-led program that aims to greatly reduce malaria for severely affected communities in Zambia.
Even though our polio immunization activities paused for a few months in 2020 because of the pandemic, they began to resume in midyear. We also were finally able to celebrate a huge step forward in our journey together to a polio-free world: the World Health Organization (WHO) declaration that the African region is now free of wild poliovirus.
And the Otto and Fran Walter Foundation signed an agreement with us to fully fund the establishment of a Rotary Peace Center in the Middle East and North African region. This welcome development gives Rotary the opportunity to make a tangible contribution to an area where lasting peace has been so elusive.
Our accomplishments are a reminder that Rotary is a great force for good everywhere and that you are the reason we did not stop. At this writing, we’ve raised more than $282 million, putting us on track to reach our $410 million fundraising goal. The great work we have done this year, and the work we will do next year and in the years ahead, is all thanks to your support. On behalf of The Rotary Foundation Trustees, I thank you from the bottom of my heart for keeping the Foundation — one of our greatest gifts to the world — thriving.