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Frank J. Devlyn


Frank J. Devlyn
Rotary International President-elect
ROTARY FOUNDATION SPEECH

¡BUENoS dias!

¿CUÁNTOS HABLAN ESPaÑOL?

IT’S A PLEASURE BEING WITH YOU THIS MORNING AND TO SEE SUCH OVERWHELMING SUPPORT FOR ROTARY AND FOR THE ROTARY FOUNDATION.

IT’S GREAT TO HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO BE HERE.  I’M HAPPY TO SEE OLD FRIENDS…AND I’M HAPPY TO BE WITH NEW FRIENDS… FAST TRACK FRIENDSHIPS . . .THANKS TO ROTARY.  COMING HERE, I WAS THINKING…THIS WORLD OF ROTARY . . .

  • MORE THAN 29,700 CLUBS

  • 1.2 MILLION ROTARIANS

  • SIMILARITIES AND DIFFERENCES . . . A GREAT DIVERSITY

IT INTRIGUES ME WHY PEOPLE JOIN ROTARY.  I HAVE COME TO THE CONCLUSION PEOPLE JOIN ROTARY BECAUSE 

  1. FRIENDSHIP

  2. PRESTIGE OF BEING A ROTARIAN

  3. AN OPPORTUNITY TO NETWORK

THEN SOMETHING HAPPENS.  YOU FIND OUT THAT BESIDES FRIENDSHIP, PRESTIGE AND NETWORKING OPPORTUNITIES, ROTARY PROMOTES HIGHER ETHICAL VALUES.  THEN THE MAGIC OF ROTARY OCCURS.  THE TRANSFORMATION…

  • ROTARIANS FIND OUT THAT THEY CAN DO SOMETHING WORKING TOGETHER  - COMMUNITY SERVICE.

  • THEY FIND OUT THEY CAN HELP COMMUNITIES IN FAR AWAY PLACES.  THE BIG TRANSFORMATION OCCURS.  THAT’S INTERNATIONAL SERVICE!

IT’S HARD TO EXPLAIN HOW IT HAPPENS.  IT JUST HAPPENS.  THE INTERNATIONAL TRANSFORMATION.  THAT’S THE MAGIC OF ROTARY

THE MAGIC OF ROTARY INVOLVES SO MANY THINGS.  IT INVOLVES TRUST, FUNDAMENTAL CONNECTION:

MY 1ST MAKE UP WAS IN AMSTERDAM DURING THE INTERNATIONAL FEDERATION OF OPTOMETRIC ASSOCIATIONS . . . AN OPHTHALMOLOGISTS EXPO.  AN OPHTHALMOLOGIST POINT AT MY PIN

SO MANY EXAMPLES AND INCIDENTS.  THEY ARE ALL PART OF THE MAGIC OF ROTARY.

I HAVE A SPECIAL PREFERENCE FOR EVERYTHING INVOLVING INTERNATIONAL SERVICE.  THE ONE THING THAT DISTINGUISHES US FROM OTHER clubS IS OUR INTERNATIONALITY.  the rotARY foundation makes our INTERNATIONALITY shine.  AS ROTARIANS, WE CAN BE PROUD OF OUR FOUNDATION. 

A STORY OF A FOUNDATION CREATED TO DO GOOD.  THE OBJECT BEING TO PROMOTE BETTER UNDERSTANDING, TO PROMOTE GOODWILL.

rotARIANs who support tHE ROTARY FOUNDATION ARE BETTER ROTARIANS.  PAUL HARRIS FELLOWS . . . SUSTAINING MEMBERS . . . CENTURIONS.

our different ROTARY FOUNDATION. programs are helping to:

  • ALLEVIATE HUNGER AND PAIN 

  • ALL THE PROBLEMS THAT FACE US

  • AND AT THE SAME TIME THEY PROMOTE WORLD UNDERSTANDING.

WE ARE ONE OF THE WORLD’S IMPORTANT FOUNDATIONS.  I DON’T KNOW THE EXACT RANK — YOU SEE SO MANY REPORTS…#1 FOR ROTARY.  I DON’T WANT TO SATURATE YOU WITH THE FACTS AND FIGURES.  ALL THE CURRENT INFORMATION CAN BE FOUND IN THE LATEST ANNUAL REPORT --DUE OUT IN DECEMBER.  I’D RATHER SHARE SOME EXPERIENCES I’VE HAD RELATED TO OUR FOUNDATION AND OUR INTERNATIONAL ENDEAVORS

JANUARY 1999 – ri WORLD HEADQUARTERS:  RI GLOBAL MEETING OF THE POLIOPLUS PARTNERS (WHO, UNICEF, CDC'S).  ALL SPOKE WELL OF ROTARY’S GOOD WORK, ESPECIALLY OUR GOAL TO ERADICATE POLIO.  CONTROL POLIO BY 2000 AND CERTIFY ITS ERADICATION BY 2005.  WE'RE MAKING WONDERFUL PROGRESS:

  • 1985: 100 POLIO-ENDEMIC COUNTRIES

  • 1999:  48 POLIO-ENDEMIC COUNTRIES  IT HAS BEEN MORE THAN TWO YEARS SINCE A CASE OF POLIO WAS RECORDED IN THE WESTERN HEMISPHERE.

  • THANKS TO ROTARY, THERE WAS A RECORD LEVEL OF IMMUNIZATIONS IN 1998: 

  • 74 COUNTRIES HAD NID'S.

  • OVER 450 MILLION CHILDREN RECEIVED ORAL VACCINE.  75 PERCENT OF ALL THE WORLD’S CHILDREN UNDER AGE 5.

AT THE NID'S, YOU ARE THERE.  THAT VACCINE, THOSE  TWO DROPS, THEY COME FROM YOUR CONTRIBUTIONS.

THE ANNUAL NID'S IN INDIA WERE A HUGE SUCCESS.  PEOPLE KNOW OF OUR GOOD WORK.

IN JANUARY OF 1999, WORLD FORUM 2000 WAS HELD IN MONTERREY, MEXICO. WITH 700 YOUNG LEADERS AND NOBEL LAUREATES IN ATTENDANCE.

  • LECH WALESA

  • DESMOND TUTU

  • OSCAR ARIAS

  • JODY WILLIAMS

AND ROTARY WAS THERE:

  • CARLOS CANSECO

  • SUDARSHAN AGARWAL

  • CARL STEINHAMMER 

I WAS ABLE TO TALK TO THESE YOUNG LEADERS ABOUT ROTARY AND THE ROTARY FOUNDATION . . .THE MAGIC OF ROTARY.  THEY KNOW OF ROTARY BECAUSE OF ROTARY FOUNDATION PROJECTS.  THESE YOUNG LEADERS WANT TO COME INTO ROTARY.

LAST FEBRUARY IN EL SALVADOR.  THERE WAS A BI-DISTRICT CONFERENCE FOR ALL OF CENTRAL AMERICA.  PRESIDENT ARMANDO CALDERON SOL THANKED ROTARY.

ROTARIANS ARE REACHING OUT TO HURRICANE MITCH VICTIMS

THE HURRICANE DEVASTATED HONDURAS – NICARAGUA – EL SALVADOR AND GUATEMALA.  WE WERE THERE IMMEDIATELY AFTER THE DISASTER AND NOW WE'RE THERE.  ROTARY HAS MADE A LONG-TERM COMMITMENT TO GETTING THESE PEOPLE BACK ON THEIR FEET.  

YOUR BROTHER AND SISTER ROTARIANS ARE THERE, HELPING WITH YOUR CONTRIBUTIONS AND THEIR CONTRIBUTIONS.

THE MAGIC OF ROTARY . . .

THE ROTARY FOUNDATION REACHED OUT TO THE INNOCENT VICTIMS OF THE CONFLICT IN KOSOVO - ESPECIALLY THE CHILDREN.  WE SET UP A DISASTER RELIEF ACCOUNT TO PAY FOR FOOD, MEDICINE, AND OTHER BADLY NEEDED SUPPLIES.  IT IS YOUR COMMITMENT TO OUR FOUNDATION THAT ENABLES US TO PROVIDE THIS KIND OF SUPPORT IN TIMES OF CRISIS.

IT IS YOUR COMMITMENT TO OUR FOUNDATION THAT ENABLES US TO PROVIDE THIS KIND OF SUPPORT IN TIMES OF CRISIS.

SIMILAR SITUATIONS ALL AROUND THE WORLD THIS YEAR.

  • EARTHQUAKES IN TURKEY AND TAIWAN

  • HURRICANE FLOYD

  • HURRICANE MITCH

YOUR CONTRIBUTIONS ARE HELPING

THE MAGIC OF ROTARY…I’VE SEEN SO MANY ROTARY FOUNDATION PROJECTS

THE MAGIC OF ROTARY…

  • TOTOMAC INDIANS - CALIFORNIA HEALTH PROMOTERS - 3-H

  • COMPUTERIZED BRAILLE PRINTING PRESS,1ST IN LATIN AMERICA – 3-h

  • ARTIFICIAL LIMB CAMPS MEXICO CITY / TORREON – MG

as we look toward the year 2000, I'D LIKE TO SEE THE WORLD'S ROTARY CLUB'S BECOME EVEN MORE PROACTIVE IN UTILIZING THE ROTARY FOUNDATION . . . PARTNERING WITH OTHER ROTARY CLUBS AND DISTRICTS TO ADDRESS THE MANY CHALLENGES THAT STILL FACE US: 

  • ILLITERACY

  • AVOIDABLE BLINDNESS

  • HUNGER

  • POPULATION CONCERNS

  • SO  MUCH TO DO . . . .

THE ROTARY FOUNDATION ALLOWS US TO BE PROACTIVE . . . TO GET THINGS DONE.  THROUGH THE ROTARY FOUNDATION WE EXPERIENCE THE MAGIC OF ROTARY . . . 

  • HELPING OTHER PEOPLE - OTHER COMMUNITIES - CLOSE TO HOME - FAR FROM HOME.  

  • I HOPE THAT YOU WILL FIND INNOVATIVE WAYS TO WORK THROUGH OUR FOUNDATION TO ADDRESS THE MANY ISSUES & CONCERNS THAT FACE US.  THE FUTURE OF ROTARY – THE FUTURE OF THE ROTARY FOUNDATION  --   IS IN YOUR HANDS…WHAT YOU DO WILL MAKE A DIFFERENCE.

SO LET’S CREATE AWARENESS AND TAKE ACTION TO MAKE THE MAGIC OF ROTARY CONTINUE FAR INTO THE NEXT MILLENNIUM!

¡GRACIAS!

First given by President-Elect, Frank Devlyn
at a Meeting of the Rotary Club of Heirisson, Australia
3 November 1999

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