RI President Message

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Dear fellow Rotarians,

Ask any Rotarian what led them to Rotary, and you’ll usually get different answers. Why?

Because joining Rotary is a personal journey. For me, it all began as a way to expand my business. My accounting practice was new and I was looking to network, so I joined a local Rotary club. Soon, I was making more than just business contacts, I was making friends and, most importantly, I was making a difference in my community and beyond.

No matter the path that took you to Rotary, we all have one thing in common: the belief in putting Service Above Self. It is because of this commitment to serving others that we are able to confront some of the world’s greatest humanitarian challenges. But we all know that our work isn’t nished yet. It can’t be, as long as polio still affects any children anywhere, as long as water is still scarce for some, and as long as education is still treated as a privilege rather than a right.

After 110+ years, our work is just getting started.

I hope you will continue your journey with us, as we continue to serve our communities so that future generations can thrive through Rotary: Making A Difference.


Ian H.S. Riseley
President, Rotary International 2017-18