|RI President Glenn Estess Sr.|
RI President Glenn Estess Sr. took office on 1 July with a call to celebrate Rotary's achievements of the past 100 years and work for a second century of success through initiatives that promote the ideals of the organization.
"When I consider the possibilities of Rotary's second century, I have the audacity to believe that Rotary and its Foundation can help make it possible for peoples everywhere to have three meals a day for their bodies, education and culture for their minds, and dignity, equality and freedom for their spirits," says President Estess. "That is why, first and foremost, we will Celebrate Rotary this year by putting Service Above Self and showing the world what Rotary can do to uplift millions of people who remain trapped in poverty."
As the Centennial president, Estess appropriately starts the year with a schedule of Founders' Day events at venues in the United States to recognize the four original members of the world's first Rotary club: Paul Harris and Silvester Schiele in Crestwood, Illinois, on 19 July; Gustavus Loehr in Carlinville, Illinois, on 20-21 July; and Hiram Shorey in Portland and Litchfield, Maine on 23-24 July.
To translate the 2004-05 Rotary theme, "Celebrate Rotary" into action, Rotarians will devote their professional and business skills to serve in their own communities and internationally through activities that reflect the year's presidential emphases on health concerns, literacy, water management and the Family of Rotary.