My fellow Rotarians and friends of Rotary
In February 2020, as the
COVID-19 crisis was beginning, a newspaper columnist's concerns struck me.
Would we willingly self-isolate, she wondered, changing our work, travel,
and shopping habits so others wouldn't get sick? "This isn't just a test of
clinical resources," she wrote, "but of our willingness to put ourselves out
for others." Suddenly, the need for virtue was front-page news.
can be hard to consider others' needs while we are anxious about our own.
Thankfully, we're not left with willpower alone, to meet the demands. We as
Rotarians always practise our motto, "Service above self". This gives us
love to replace our indifference; joy to counter sadness; peace to replace
our anxiety; forbearance (patience) to push out our impulsiveness; kindness
to care about others; awareness to see their needs; faithfulness to keep our
promises; gentleness instead of harshness; and self-control to lift us
Do we have the capacity to
make sacrifices for the sake of others?
At times, it would be
interesting to do a self-analysis to see how our club changes and evolves
through new generations, diversity and most importantly, an unprecedented
pandemic. We, the Rotary Club of Strathfield, as a human service
organization, adapt and grow. But we also make sure our community adapts and
grows. During the last few years, the nature and the complexity of our
community's problems and challenges experienced by them continuously evolved
and expanded. These challenges call for us to lead and facilitate social
change that can have a lasting impact on communities.
The Strategic Plan we
developed to align our goals, is helping our club. It is always good to
recall our strategic priorities and the main characteristics of our
We always focus on Our
1. Increase our
2. Expand our
4. Increase our
ability to adapt
As we unite and take action to
create lasting change, we aspire to be a Rotary club with the following
1. Truly, diverse
2. A strong and
sustainable financial base
powerful fundraising engine
4. A genuine, warm
and satisfying friendship
5. A pillar of
service leadership in our community
6. A modern club,
leveraging technology to do good
A firm plan will always help
any institution to stand firm withstanding any adversity and external
believe we can change the world one life at a time"