Friday, March 10, 2006

Rotarian Trish

Rotary International President’s Visit

Carl Wilhelm-Stenham, RI President for 2005-06, captured the hearts and minds of hundreds of Rotarians from New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania on March 7th at the Hanover Inn at East Hanover, New Jersey. His engaging and authentic style of speaking inspired new and seasoned Rotarians to focus efforts within their own clubs as he described the “courage and daring” necessary to sustain the expansion of Rotary.

Dr. Wilhem-Stenham spoke eloquently about opening Rotary in Russia, China, and Cuba. He spoke of the challenges and successes that are part of this process for which he has dedicated his presidency, and urged members to be supportive of efforts regarding Rotary expansion throughout the world. In light of decreasing US membership, he targeted the need for Rotarians to make Rotary meaningful to young people, the need to find leaders, both men and women, in the community…and invite their participation. “A party without guests is nothing!” he stated in his address.

The President is on an International Tour as he carries the message of Rotary. As a new Rotarian, it was an honor to hear his inspiring speech and to meet him personally. Thanks to District 7490 and7470 for offering me and others the chance to hear this wonderful leader.

Trish Rubin

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