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

                 President 2021 - 2022                

The report prepared for Rotary International by Johns Hopkins found that Rotary members volunteered a total of 5.8 million hours over a four-week period. Extrapolating these results over a full year, the report provides an estimate of nearly 47 million volunteer hours performed by Rotary members in a typical year.

1 June 2021 - June is designated Rotary Fellowship Month. It reminds us to recognise the importance of international fellowship, goodwill and understanding among Rotarians outside our own club, district, and country. Fellowship is wonderful as these lifelong friendships enhance our Rotary experience.

We continue to share our Rotary moments – knowing we belong to a global network of neighbours, friends, leaders, and problem-solvers who see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change – across the globe, in our communities, and in ourselves. Solving real problems takes real commitment and vision.

Thank you for your commitment and leadership. I have learnt so much from you.

Some of my learnings…
• Trusting in your struggle and having faith in the
greater good as it lays a solid foundation.
• When we focus on creating, rather than
competing, our energies are used positively.
• It is so important to prepare and be prepared,
but remember to…
• always show up – and have fun!

Read more in the District 9400 DG Newsletter June 2021 Issue

Sincere condolences from DG Annemarie and D9400, to his family and the people of Zambia. We were so honoured to recently recognise His Excellency when he addressed us at the Rotary Africa Centennial Celebrations.