My fellow Rotarians and friends
philosopher Aristotle once said that the essence of life is "to serve
others and do good". It seems that there's an increasing number of
people starting to wake up to that philosophy and realise why volunteering
is important. People are starting to understand why serving and helping each
other benefit, not just others but themselves too. The ethos of Rotary and
our motto of "Service Above Self" is still relevant and will be
relevant into the future.
People are looking
to organizations like our Rotary Club to mend the societal divide and
facilitate connections they are so desperate for. This is what our club is
thriving to do today.
want to be brought together, we all crave human connection, and this is
where Rotary has positioned itself for 115 years. We offer friendship and
make a tangible difference. To me, this is still what makes Rotary relevant,
this is what makes it special, and this is why I get encouraged to
contribute and be significant.
For the Rotary Club
of Strathfield to stay relevant, we need to keep up with what is going on in
the changing world around us. We must indeed recognize the importance of
tradition and the past that came before us. Rotary has established a history
that is so full of rich examples of service around the world. Our club
always embraces changes, and we tend to thrive on them.
In conclusion, I
would like to remind all my friends of two significant events happening this
1. Our Youth
Service Director, Ying Ho, is organising a Rotaract Club in Strathfield.
We have an information evening this Thursday (30th September 2021) at 7
pm. Please encourage any young adults you know to join the virtual
meeting. This is a good opportunity for them to check whether or not
they would like to join and serve with the Rotaract Club of Strathfield.
2. As we have
already discussed, our inaugural "Ahimsa (non-violence) Peace Symposium
2021" will be this Saturday on zoom at 4 pm. This is a cultural
diversity initiative of SRf Creatists and the Rotary Club of Strathfield.
We will commemorate Mahatma Gandhi's 152nd Birth Anniversary also
observed as the UN International Day of Non-Violence on 2nd October
2021. We would like to encourage all the members to join this symposium
which is chaired by our Assistant Governor and Community Service
Director PP Rick Vosila and our young and energetic Rotarian Saroni Roy.
We will have great keynote speakers covering some interesting topics
like non-violence, the UN's Sustainable Development Goals and the global
"Women, Peace and Security".
We have more
information in the
Bulletin (click) and on our
regarding the above-mentioned events.