Behind us is the 111th anniversary of Rotary International and the 25th anniversary of the Rotary Club of Rijeka, one of the most successful years of our Rotary Club. We are part of Rotary family, which has 1.2 million of rotarians in 28,000 clubs in 160 countries of the world what I consider of a great honor and privilege. The task of each rotarian is to strive constantly towards better and more active serving the community. Let's look at this as opportunity to do something good for the community in an environment of quality people and therefore that we feel good. Prerequisite for successful operation is good and harmonious team. We are happy and proud of the steady growth of membership in previous period. The fact is that we are now among clubs with the largest membership in our district 1913. Therefore it imposes an obligation all of us from new friends to make a good and quality rotarians.
The goal of Rotary is willingness on helping in daily life - "Service Above Self".
Rotary organization seeks to achieve this goal by implementing the following principles:
that cultivating a friendship is beneficial to others
by accepting of high ethical principles, both in private as well as in business life, and respecting the values of each act for the common good
by promoting responsible activity of all rotarians in the private, business and public life
by fostering good will for understanding and peace among nations by means of world community of buisness people, united in ideal, to help people.
I also remind to the Four-Way test:
Is it the TRUTH?
Is it FAIR to all concerned?
Will it build GOODWILL and BETTER FRIENDSHIPS?
Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?
Rotary Club of Rijeka in the past two years has been significantly rejuvenated. More importantly is that in club still actively operate some of the founders, which certainly guarantees stability and good future of RC Rijeka.
The Rotary year of 2016/2017 will be the "year of club" in which we will, with our projects, additionally devote to each other, to strengthen our mutual relations and create a stronger and more active team.
We will renew and strengthen ties with our friendly clubs, establish contacts with clubs from neighboring districts and continue with the obligation that every member of club visits at least one club during year.
Responsibilities and duties in the club do not refer exclusively to the board of directors and to other boards of the club, but are related to each member because service and activity in the community is the path that we have chosen with the entry in the Rotary family.
We continue with a starting projects for Center for the rehabilitation of children Fortica in Kraljevica, with Humanitarian concert "Be Here" for the children's hospital Kantrida, with projects directed towards a blind and visually impaired children attending a specially suited program in elementary school Pecine and with support to gifted children through the Foundation of dr. Viktor Ruzic.
We plan to launch new projects about which will be further discussed during the next Rotary year of 2016-17.
We must not forget to mention our very active and successful Inner wheel club Rijeka, Rotaract club Rijeka, and the plan of establishment of Interact Club, what also presents one of our focuses.
The whole team will actively work on organization of lectures, of quality gatherings, of interesting trips and projects of our club.
I expect from each member and a friend that with their active devotion contribute to the successful implementation of all planned targets in the rotarian year of 2016/2017.
I conclude my speech by quoting the message of the President of Rotary International, 2016-17 John F. Germ:
Rotary Serves Humanity.
I wish to all of us a successful rotarian 2016-17 year!
President of RC Rijeka
Every Monday at 7:00 p.m. (19:00)
Rotary Palace Ruzic
51000 Rijeka, Croatia
Is it the truth?
Is it beneficial to all concerned?
Will it build goodwill and better friendships?
Is it fair to all concerned?
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