Rotary's Dream for the Future

An 18-point document adopted by the Rotary International Board.

1.        HEALTH CARE - ROTARY FOR A HEALTHY WORLD

2.        DISASTER RELIEF

3.        HUNGER

4.        CLEAN WATER FOR EVERY COMMUNITY

5.        CHILDREN – CARE AND EDUCATION

·         Rotary clubs are encouraged to commit to projects that directly implement the Rights of Children, so that all children have opportunities for basic education, health, food, and growth to meaningful adulthood;

·         Both Rotary International and The Rotary Foundation are encouraged to have a specific focus on providing children of the world with access to primary education;

·         A Children’s Trust should be established within the Permanent Fund to attract financial contributions to support future projects meeting the fundamental needs of children

·         Rotary clubs are encouraged to reach out to orphaned and abandoned children by encouraging their adoption and providing for their needs.

6.        THE ENVIRONMENT AND ENERGY SOURCES

·         Rotary clubs are encouraged to continue their focus on environmental concerns.

7.        USE OF TELECOMMUNICATIONS AND NEW TECHNOLOGY

·         Rotary clubs and Rotary International are encouraged to increase their use of new technologies;

·         RI World Headquarters should establish a center to support global communications between clubs and districts during conferences, conventions, institutes and training activities.

8.        YOUTH AND YOUNG PEOPLE

·         Rotary clubs are encouraged to develop programs for the benefit of young people.

9.        PEACE, GOODWILL AND UNDERSTANDING

·         Rotary clubs around the world are strongly encouraged to foster peace through international friendships and humanitarian service, thus reaffirming the Object of Rotary.

10.     ENHANCING ROTARY CLUB MEETINGS

Rotary clubs around the world should seek new vitality through

·         more interesting formats;

·         the elimination of outdated formalities and procedures;

·         greater membership participation; greater membership participation;

·         positive training programs for club leaders to offer revitalized weekly club operations;

·         inclusion of Rotary information in weekly meetings;

·         enhancing the image of club presidents as important Rotary leaders;

·         requiring all club presidents to attend president-elect’s training as a condition for holding the office.

11.     ROTARY CLUB MEMBERSHIP OPTIONS

·         Types of membership in Rotary should be simplified and creative new options for membership should be developed.

12.    THE COUNCIL ON LEGISLATION

·         Conveners of Rotary zone institutes in the year prior to a Council on Legislation should be requested to include a program of training for Council representatives to ensure that all representatives fully understand the rights and responsibilities of a Council representative, the Council’s policies and procedures, and the importance of change to the future success of Rotary.

13.     PUBLIC IMAGE OF ROTARY

·         Rotary clubs are encouraged to insure that their projects and programs in the community are of sufficient quality that they would command the attention of the community;

·         Rotary International should take every opportunity to portray Rotary’s image to the public.

14.     INVOLVEMENT OF WOMEN ROTARIANS

·         Women Rotarians should receive the full, international acceptance in an environment which supports the dignity, respect and opportunities afforded to all Rotarians.

15.     ROTARY VOLUNTEERS

·         The benefits of The Rotary Foundation should be expanded to provide opportunities for Rotary Volunteers to use their talents and experience in both short (10 days) and long (one month to 2 years) through

§         special consideration of grant applications which utilize Rotary Volunteers;

§         a Rotary International system to seek out both volunteers and volunteer opportunities to arrange for successful volunteer matches.

16.     ANNUAL PROGRAMS FUND FOR THE ROTARY FOUNDATION

17.     THE PERMANENT FUND OF THE ROTARY FOUNDATION

18.     MEMBERSHIP

·          A dynamic five-year action plan should be implemented beginning in the year 2000 to retain and expand Rotary’s membership to assure Rotary International remains a vigorous, energetic service organization.