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Written by Corina Mihaela Paraschiv   
Wednesday, 05 December 2007 23:32
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The idea of social responsability not only towards the community, but also towards its very members, finds an echo in Rotary International President Wilfrid J. (Wilf) Wilkinson in his December 2007 message to Rotarians :

 

“ When you put the family of Rotary idea next to such enormous needs as nutritious food and clean water, it might seem much less important. After all, as Rotarians, we’re here to help everyone and look out for all those who need us. [...] But if we focused all our attention on nothing but that lifesaving and life-altering work, then that work would eventually come to an end. Rotary would die out in a generation if we did not also pay attention to the health of our own organization – our members, our clubs[...]. Our [2 million members] family is strong because it’s close, and because it’s always forming new ties.”

 

This view of serving members is not incompatible at all with that of serving the less fortunate, because if a leader's mandate is to create a community, that leader also builds a sense of citizenship by doing so. Citizenship is a positive aspect for members as they are granted benefits and rights for their participation in the Rotaract Club. It is also beneficial for the Clubs, as citizens also have responsibilities towards their community. Those responsibilities can encompass service to their local community, service to international communities and friendship amongst each other.

 



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