By Rotr. Ikedi Kevin Ohaegbu
So many a time we strive to DEVELOP OUR RESOURCES, it all fell like a hard nut to crack, Rotary came in, made it SIMPLE by employing us to ENLIST-EXTEND-EXPLORE-SERVE, these we were all asked to do to HELP SHAPE THE FUTURE. We VITALIZED, PERSONALIZED, BUILT BRIDGE OF FRIENDSHIP because You and I, we are Rotary – We’ve got to live it.
We started growing, we AIMED FOR ACTION, COMMUNICATION FOR UNDERSTANDING, TEST FOR LEADERSHIP, all to KINDLE THE SPARK WITHIN even though along the line CHALLENGES set in, but then You and I, we are Rotary – We’ve got to live it.
There came the era of ACTION, CONSOLIDATION and CONTINUITY, the era of a BETTER WORLD THROUGH ROTARY but we needed to make our MEMBERSHIP EFFECTIVE, so we are asked to PARTICIPATE, REVIEW, RENEW, and BRIDGE THE GAP that has kept us apart because the GOODWILL we preach BEGINS WITH US.
Now it’s time to TAKE A NEW LOOK, A TIME FOR ACTION, A TIME TO RENEW THE SPIRIT OF ROTARY, TO DIGNIFY HUMAN BEING; Because WE BELIEVE IN ROTARY, we came to SERVE TO UNITE MANKIND, to REACH OUT and to LIGHT THE WAY.
If only we can PUT LIFE IN ROTARY, then we can DISCOVER A NEW WORLD OF SERVICE because WE ARE THE KEY, THE HOPE ROTARY BRINGS, so ENJOY THIS WORLD ROTARY BRINGS and HONOUR IT WITH FAITH AND ENTHUSIASM.
LOOK BEYOND YOURSELF, REAL HAPPINESS IS IN HELPING OTHERS. BE A FRIEND, SERVE WITH LOVE, WORK FOR PEACE, BUILD THE FUTURE WITH ACTION AND VISION, show the people around you that WE CARE. MAKE MANKIND YOUR BUSINESS by SOWING THE SEED OF LOVE and LENDING A HAND and lets CELEBRATE ROTARY because it is a SERVICE ABOVE SELF.
Let me remind us that the FUTURE OF ROTARY IS IN OUR HANDS, to REACH WITHIN, to EMBRACE HUMANITY AND CHANGE LIVES.
Finally, dear partners in service, I want to enjoin you all to LIGHT UP ROTARY and BE A GIFT TO THE WORLD through SERVING HUMANITY for it is only when we do this, we can MAKE A DIFFERENCE and BE THE INSPIRATION the world seeks.
ROTARY THEMES FROM 1955 TO DATE
2018-2019 Be the Inspiration
2017-2018 Rotary Making a Difference
2016-2017 Rotary Serving Humanity
2015-2016 Be A Gift to the World
2014-2015 Light Up Rotary
2013-2014 Engage Rotary Change Lives
2012-2013 Peace Through Service
2011-2012 Reach Within to Embrace Humanity
2010-2011 Building Communities Bridging Continents
2009-2010 The Future of Rotary is in Your Hands
2008-2009 Make Dreams Real
2007-2008 Rotary Shares
2006-2007 Lead the Way
2005-2006 Service Above Self
2004-2005 Celebrate Rotary
2003-2004 Lend A Hand
2002-2003 Sow the Seeds of Love
2001-2002 Mankind is Our Business
2000-2001 Create Awareness…Take Action
1999-2000 Act with Consistency, Credibility, Continuity
1998-1999 Follow Your Rotary Dream
1997-1998 Show Rotary Cares
1996-1997 Build the Future with Action and Vision
1995-1996 Act with Integrity – Serve with Love – Work for Peace
1994-1995 Be A Friend
1993-1994 Believe In what You Can Do – Do what You Believe In
1992-1993 Real Happiness is Help Others
1991-1992 Look Beyond Yourself
1990-1991 Honor Rotary with Faith and Enthusiasm
1989-1990 Enjoy Rotary
1988-1989 Put Life in Rotary – Your Life
1987-1988 Rotarians – United in Service Dedicated to Peace
1986-1987 Rotary Brings Hope
1985-1986 You Are the Key
1984-1985 Discover a New World of Service
1983-1984 Share Rotary – Serve People
1982-1983 Mankind is One-Build Bridges of Friendship Throughout the World
1981-1982 World Understand and Peace
1980-1981 Take Time to Serve
1979-1980 Let Service Light the Way
1978-1979 Reach Out
1977-1978 Serve to Unite Mankind
1976-1977 I Believe in Rotary
1975-1976 To Dignify the Human Being
1974-1975 Renew the Spirit of Rotary
1973-1974 A Time for Action
1972-1973 Let’s Take a New Look and Act
1971-1972 Good Will Begins with You
1970-1971 Bridge the Gaps
1969-1970 Review and Renew
1967-1968 Make Your Rotary Membership Effective
1966-1967 Better World through Rotary
1965-1966 Action, Consolidation and Continuity
1964-1965 Live Rotary
1963-1964 Meeting Rotary’s Challenge in the Space Age
1962-1963 Kindle the Spark Within
1961-1962 Act. Aim for Action. Communication For Understanding. Test for Leadership.
1960-1961 You are Rotary – Live it!
1959-1960 Vitalize! Personalize! Build Bridges of Friendship
1958-1959 Help Shape the Future
1956-1957 Keep Rotary Simple
1955-1956 Develop Your Resources