June 2020

IUNIE - ROTARY FELLOWSHIPS

Friendship requires sincerity, integrity, honor, respect, trust, and is based on actions.

Only by forming lasting friendships, with authentic, sincere connections will we be able to create TOGETHER the change we want to see in the world.


Dear Rotary friends,

I want to thank those of you who have welcomed me with open arms in your clubs and listened to and understood my vision. You, who have understood that only TOGETHER we can really make a difference, that we are CONNECTED in a great nation of good, and you, who have chosen to support my projects in your communities and in Rotary.

The big project remains the reason we are in ROTARY and its development in our minds and lives. For me, the reason I've been in Rotary for almost 20 years is FRIENDSHIP, fellowship with those who have the same values as me, who are motivated to make a difference by deeds, not words.

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Without realizing it, Rotary has given me, in time, a second family: new friends I can count on, with whom I can do great things, with whom we transform lives and truly make a difference in the community, in the district from which we are part of, and more recently, at an international level. The things we have done together did not only transform lives, but they have a huge impact, which we still cannot really measure. The fact that we save lives, plant trees, educate new generations in the spirit of peace and understanding, cooperation and economic development, cannot be quantified in numbers. At least, not now.

Therefore, I want to thank all those who have planted trees, saved lives, educated, organized events to raise funds for those who had no other chance, all those of you who have given us your time, the most precious resource you have. I wish you get back a thousandfold! Now, at the end of my term, with the results in mind, I want to thank you for everything! We have had results and we managed, TOGETHER, to really make a difference! Alone, I (we) would never have succeeded.

Now, after all the results  we have seen from our projects, I invite you to relax. Let's rest and regain our strength. Let's do what our souls enjoy, let's give ourselves more time, let's follow our passions and hobbies with the same determination. Let's focus on self-service this month, get around more people who are passionate about the same things as us. Let us feel that we live this life full of joy, doing what delights us. In Rotary we have common interest groups, in which Rotary members and their families, program participants, and graduates, gather from around the world for a common interest, vocation, or recreational activity, with a primary goal of connecting and making friends. Rotary fellowships are international groups that share a common passion. Participating in the activities of such a group is a wonderful and fun way to make friends around the world, explore a hobby or profession, and enhance your Rotary experience. So, in June we celebrate the Rotary Fellowship and we will learn together about the different types of Fellowships available in Rotary!

Historical background:

Rotary common interest groups began informally in 1928, when Rotary members with a common interest in the Esperanto language came together in a group. In 1947, a group of boating enthusiasts began hoisting the Rotary flag, called the International Yachting of Rotarians Fellowship; this fellowship now boasts the longest continuous existence. The scope of Rotary common interest groups has changed greatly over the years, but today their goal is to unite the Rotary family in friendship and provide locations to enjoy your favorite recreational or professional activities.

Fellowships, today

Between 2018-2019, 73 common interest groups reported a number of 61,241 people in over 150 countries around the world. The average size of such a group is 838 members. More than 80 Rotary interest groups are now officially registered with Rotary International: from yoga (65 members), yachting (3608), publishers (18400), golf (1070), European philosophy (232), jazz (176), groups for doctors (405), lawyers (205), managers, LGBT (212), motorcycling enthusiasts (2636), wine (4500), rare books (630) or surfing (642). I'm sure you'll find new friends all over the globe, who share the same passion or interest as you. Being part of such a group is a fun way to make friends around the world, explore a hobby or profession, and enhance your Rotary experience.

Are you passionate about a certain subject? Visit the group's website to find out more: https://www.rotary.org/en/our-programs/more-fellowships

How to promote an interest group?

 

I would like to end with the main idea of this letter, the value that has guided my Rotary work for 20 years: FRIENDSHIP. We learn it as a child and, if we are wise, we develop and refine it until old age. Rotary is a school where we learn all our lives and where the main lesson is FRIENDSHIP. Every day we give unannounced tests, and in more complicated situations, unannounced exams. We are a network of friends, because being a Rotary member means nothing more than having the same values. Friendship requires sincerity, integrity, honor, respect, trust, and is based on actions.

 

We face great challenges not only in our communities, but around the globe. Our actions today determine our future. We build the future with every action we take. It all starts with you and with the choice you make for yourself. Change begins from within. The decision to live in integrity, to do what is right and good for everyone, to think and act in the long run is everyone's responsibility. When we understand that 1.2 million members, who think and act in the same direction, move the mountains together, we will understand that only through cooperation are we capable of greater things than we have ever imagined. Only then will we be unstoppable.

 

That is why, at the end of my term, I hope you will build friendships and have solidarity. Make new friends in your clubs, in the district and especially internationally. Be solidary with those whose districts are facing adversity. Open your mind and heart and connect authentically with each other. Realize that we are part of a whole, we act like a wheel that sets things in motion, that we are part of something more than we think, we are a common force of good, a united nation of people of action that does not want power, but they have understood that only through cooperation and friendship will they be able to create the much desired change. Thank you for all the support! I want you to connect truly, authentically, with each other, soul to soul, ideas with ideas, with your friends and with people from all over the globe, who share your values and projects.

 

Only by forming lasting friendships, with authentic, sincere connections will we be able to create TOGETHER the change we want to see in the world.



Rotary Connects The World!

Sincerely, 

Marian Neagoe. 



May 2020

MAY - YOUTH SERVICE If there is a closer cooperation between clubs, the younger generations will transform the way we create change for the better. When the mentor is ready, the student appears. 

WE ARE PEOPLE OF ACTION. Rotary is where neighbors and friends find solutions to problems, share ideas, join other leaders and take action to create durable change. 

WE CONNECT PEOPLE. Rotary brings together more than 1.2 million people. Together, we see a world where people come together and take action to create lasting change - around the globe, in our communities and in ourselves. 

WE SOLVE PROBLEMS. No challenge is too big for us. For more than 115 years, we have built bridges between cultures and continents to promote peace, combat illiteracy and poverty, promote clean water and sanitation, and fight disease. 2.5 BILLION children have been immunized against polio, as we managed to eradicate 99% of the polio cases. 

Our achievements have a colossal impact, but it can be even greater. Rotary believes in developing the next generation of leaders to take our organization's achievements further. Our programs help younger leaders develop leadership skills, promote the importance of education, and learn the value of volunteering for the community. 

Rotaract Clubs bring together people between the ages of 18 and 30 to exchange ideas with community leaders, to develop leadership and professional skills, and to have fun through the service above self. 

Interact clubs bring together people between the ages of 12 and 18 to develop leadership skills and learn about the world through projects and activities for the service above self. Interact Clubs organize at least two projects each year, one that helps their school or community and one that promotes international understanding. The Rotary Club sponsors and guides Interact clubs as they develop projects and develop leadership skills. 

Rotary Youth Leadership Awards - RYLA is a leadership development program for young people who want to learn new skills, develop their confidence and have fun. Events range from one-day seminars to long camps. RYLA is an intense leadership experience organized by Rotary clubs and districts. 

Rotary Youth Exchange - Rotary Youth Exchange builds peace. Students learn a new language, discover a different culture and truly become global citizens. Exchanges for students between the ages of 15 and 19 are sponsored by Rotary clubs in more than 100 countries. 

New Generations Service Exchange - The New Generations Service Exchange is a short-term, customizable program for students and professionals up to the age of 30. Participants can design exchanges that combine their professional goals with a humanitarian project. 

What do these youth programs have in common? They are all connected to a Rotary Club. In communities around the world, Rotary, Rotaract and Interact members work side by side to act through the service above self. From big cities to rural localities, young people change communities. They decide how to organize and run their clubs, manage their own funds and plan and carry out activities and service projects. Sponsors, ie Rotary Clubs, provide guidance and support, and work with Rotaract and Interact as service partners. 

Why is it so important that we at Rotary provide support and mentoring to the youngest? Because they are the future leaders of the communities. Therefore, we need to show them, first of all by actions, what our principles and beliefs are, and then offer them advice and support to develop their full potential. “Rotary Mentoring” is my first district project, launched in the 2015 - 2016 Rotary year with Gabriela Puskas: http://mentoring.rotary2241.org/ 

“Rotary Mentoring” is a mentoring program that addresses the entire Rotary family, creating a bridge between generations, through which a transformative experience is achieved on both sides. The main objective of the program is to train mentors and a young generation in the 2241 District in leadership skills and career guidance. Through mentoring, young people in Rotaract have access to a structured program that develops their thinking, in-depth understanding of Rotary, empathy, patience, leadership skills in volunteering and in their profession. These results will strengthen the relationships between generations of volunteers and it will increase the quality of Rotary members, through the transfer of information, good practices, know-how, and therefore it will improve the positive impact we have on society. 

Among the major benefits, that Rotary Clubs indirectly benefit from in this project, are the visibility, promotion and retention of young people with exceptional leadership and mentoring skills, which in the long run contributes to the training of the next generation of leaders. 

To become leaders, they need the right context: Interact, Rotaract, RYLA, Youth Exchange and Service Exchange. In these environments, guided by Rotary principles, we can help them: 

- connect with leaders in your community and around the world - build their professional skills and gain experience - be given the opportunity to enrich their professional experience through work - learn to build communication and problem solving skills - discover strategies to become a dynamic leader in school or community - learn more from community leaders, industry experts, and peer-to-peer mentors - unlock the potential to turn motivation into action - develop lifelong leadership skills - learn a new language and a new culture - become global citizens - have fun and create lasting friendship with young people around the world 

Let's focus our attention and always keep in touch with young people, not only for organizational matters, but especially because of our friendship. 

We have all reached a certain professional maturity in which we can offer our knowledge to those who need guidance. Think of those who have supported you even with a wise word at a crucial time in your life. I invite you to consider mentoring as a form of service above self, training leaders by sharing the Rotary experience. 

Not only will you support the new generation of leaders, but you will be surprised that you will learn as much from them as they did from you. I think Rotary really needs the vision of Rotaract and Interact to have an overview from several perspectives. I believe that closer cooperation between clubs and the younger generations will transform the way we create change for the better. Invite young people to express their views. You may be pleasantly surprised and you may even learn new things. 

When the mentor is ready, the student appears. 

Share with us the result and the impact of the actions you take and show us how you contribute to the promotion of young people in your community! 

Sincerely, Marian Neagoe Rotary D2241 Governor 

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April 2020

APRIL - MATERNAL & CHILD HEALTH

 

In 2017, Romania was leading the top of the EU countries with the highest infant mortality rate: 6.7 deaths per 1,000 live births, almost double the European average of 3.6. The situation in the Republic of Moldova is even more dramatic: the infant mortality rate is 3 times higher than the average of the European Union countries.

 

What lies behind these numbers? A phenomenon of dramatic proportions: children who die before turning 1, most often due to causes that could have been prevented or treated. Why does this tragedy happen? The medical system is not properly prepared or equipped to save these children. We already know, or maybe for some of you this is news: Romania has the lowest life expectancy in Europe. Do we want to do something about this? There will always be discussion about this topic. Mothers are the most important people, the ones who create life, the ones who create the world. A mother needs proper medical care during her pregnancy, she needs to be supervised and assisted by qualified people during childbirth, but she also needs proper care postpartum. A third of the infant mortality rate can be prevented, by creating support programs for mothers and children, by properly equipping maternities and newborn sections, with performant medical equipment and with qualified medical personnel.

 

Mothers give birth to the world. The way in which they are treated, protected, cared for and supported, establishes the wellbeing of their children, therefore of the nation. If mothers are strong and healthy, so will be their families, which means that the entire nation will be strong and healthy. Let us take a look at the prosperous countries that are also the happiest: Denmark, Norway, Sweden and the Netherlands. These are among the best places to be a mother, or a woman in general. Here is where mothers have their governments’ support, they have maternity leave and consistent allowances, general safety, but also the flexibility of the workplace, high-performance health systems, nurseries of the highest quality and top education systems. These countries have understood well: the future of the nation depends on the mother.

 

If mothers stopped caring for their children, if they stopped offering their children everything they needed to be able to go to school to learn, there would be no workforce, there would be no tax payers. Global economy would stop. Let us remember how important the first 7 years are in the life of a person. When we endanger mothers, we endanger humankind. When we make mothers the center of our care, we actually take care of our future. This is why Rotary pays great attention to mothers and children.

 

Rotary provides vulnerable mothers and children with high quality healthcare, so they can live longer and grow stronger. The Rotary Foundation reaches out to vulnerable mothers and children, providing communities with the help and training they need to take control of their own maternal and child healthcare. We are expanding access to quality care so that mothers and children everywhere have the same opportunities for a healthy future. It is estimated that 5.9 million children under the age of five die each year from malnutrition, inadequate medical care and poor sanitation - all of which can be prevented. Why doesn't humanity trigger a state of emergency for the unseen killers as well: corruption, bureaucracy, intolerance and indifference?

 

How do we prevent it?

HIV - Rotary offers education, immunization, birth kits and mobile health clinics. In some countries, women are taught how to prevent HIV transmission from mother to baby, how to breastfeed and how to protect themselves and their children from disease.

 

Mobile prenatal clinics - Haiti has the highest maternal and infant mortality rate in any country in the western hemisphere. Rotary offered a fully-equipped medical Jeep to volunteers and midwives to reach mothers and children in remote areas.

 

Cancer Screening - Rotarians have provided a mobile cancer screening unit and awareness training around Chennai, India, where there is a high mortality rate for women with breast and cervical cancer due to late diagnosis.

 

Injury and Death Prevention - Rotary members have launched a five-year, $3 million pilot project to save the lives of mothers and children during home births in Nigeria.

 

End Polio - Rotary is an international community that brings together leaders who take the step to meet the world's most challenging challenges, locally and globally. The eradication of polio is one of our longest and most important efforts. Together with our partners, we helped immunize over 2.5 billion children against polio in 122 countries. We have reduced polio cases by 99.9% worldwide and we will not stop until the disease is over. For more than two years, there have been cases of wild polio in only two countries, Afghanistan and Pakistan, but immunization must continue.

 

What are we doing in D2241 - Romania and the Republic of Moldova?

 

  1. For 20 years now, Rotary D2241 has provided maternity facilities with the medical equipment needed to save children born prematurely, and with problems. All of these actions have led to significant improvements in the health of the mother and the newborn. I want to congratulate all the clubs in the District that have been conducting educational activities for children, the best investment in health, for several years. I refer here to educational programs in schools and kindergartens in both countries, regarding the hygiene of the hands, and of the teeth. I also want to congratulate the clubs that provide medical equipment or renovate sections of hospitals, and invite clubs that do not yet have actions in this area to identify the needs of their community and move on to the facts. All your actions SAVE LIVES! The implication, your dedication saves lives! Your actions have a colossal impact, never forget this.

 

  1. Our district has this historic project to collect $100,000 in donations for the END POLIO campaign, so that all children around the world would be vaccinated and protected from this ruthless disease. Congratulations and thank you to all those who understood and donated. I was surprised by the generosity of some genuine Rotarians. We are part of a whole, Rotary, whose mission, for 30 years, is to eradicate the polio virus from across the globe. We act as a whole and intervene where we need to. We show that we are a reliable partner, in solidarity with the huge efforts of the organization and partners such as the Gates Foundation.

 

  1. A very special project is "Save the heart of a child" in partnership with the Emergency Clinical Hospital for Children "Grigore Alexandrescu", which aims to save children with heart conditions. Teams of specialized cardiologists come to Bucharest for regular missions, prepare Romanian medical staff and operate for free, thus giving children a chance at life.

 

Every life matters, which is why your attachment to Rotary is extremely important. We are lucky and blessed to do volunteering, we all felt this calling, and the statistics above show us that there is still much to be done: the most vulnerable beings need us and our involvement.

 

I want this letter to motivate you even more to get involved in projects dedicated to the health of mothers and children. You can equip sections of maternity hospitals, children's hospitals, you can put together information, you can do counseling, you can optimize prevention and treatment of acute diseases. I encourage you to partner with strong non-governmental organizations or even hospital institutions and agree on a phased endowment action strategy. Every city needs your intervention, and the contribution you make to your community will significantly improve the quality of life of newborns and their mothers. Share your actions with your community and show them how you are helping to improve the health of your mothers and children in your city! This will inspire others to join or support your actions with donations.

 

  1. All the clubs in Bucharest had a partnership with the organization  Dăruiește viață, in December. If you don't know who the two ladies are, I will only tell you that they raised over 15 million euros from the donations alone. These two ladies have shown that they can do it. "We Make a Hospital" is a phenomenon, a response to the belief that "nothing can be done in Romania", a challenge for Romanians everywhere to dare to believe in their own strength and in the strength of their community. Overcoming the position of the victim, not waiting to build the country they want. Brick by brick. I invite you to read their story here:

https://www.iqads.ro/articol/44009/carmen-uscatu-noi-facem-un-spital-este-un-fenomen-o-replica-la-credinta-ca-nu-se   

 

And I invite you all to prepare yourselves with creative and fun actions and charity events, parties and activities full of joy for fundraising in support of saving mothers and children projects. And, of course, share with us the result and impact of your actions and show us how you contribute to improving the health of mothers and children in your community! We want to multiply these gestures, these projects.


The END POLIO NOW project was a good workout. I think the strength of our organization can materialize into even more lives saved. I am confident in the power, strength, determination and dedication of those who decide to go through the deeds. That is why it gives me great honor to announce that in the END COVID NOW district project, we have exceeded $1,000,000 in club projects, and that we are optimistically moving toward $1,500,000.

 

I congratulate you with respect and admiration for your involvement and results!



Good health!

Marian Neagoe 

Rotary D2241 Governor

 

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Website https://www.marianneagoe.com

March 2020

In Rotary, March is the month dedicated to clean waters, because clean water, sanitation and hygiene education are base necessities. Without those, we cannot build a healthy environment and a productive life. When people have access to clean water and sanitation, diseases transmitted through water decrease, children stay healthier and go to school regularly, and mothers can spend more time helping their families.

 

Clean water and sanitation are vital elements for not only a decent life, but a healthy one too. However, without proper hygiene education, one cannot be healthy for very long. Let’s look at the simple gesture of washing our hands with soap: this is the most efficient and cheapest way to prevent different afflictions that leads to sickness for millions of children annually. Proper hands hygiene can save us from over 200 diseases, among which: diarrhea, food poisoning, pneumonia and respiratory infections, bacterial infections, hepatitis A, other viral infections, dermatological and ophthalmological diseases.

 

We must teach our children and adults as well, about this common gesture of hand washing, NOW, especially considering the speed with which the coronavirus is spreading in the world. Properly washing our hands is taught practically, by teaching gestures and then repeating them. There are 6 steps that must be repeated like a poem. This is why you must concentrate on practical actions, to go on the field, in schools and kindergartens, to inform mass-media about the correct movements of washing your hands. Make partnerships with local mass-media and health organizations in your county and regularly inform the population about what the correct moves are when it comes to properly washing your hands, so as to help prevent disease. This way, you can save paper, trees and the money you would have spent on flyers can be used to build toilets in schools and kindergartens in the rural area, thus making sure they have the proper hygienic conditions, worthy of this century.

 

Washing hands is the MOST EFFICIENT and the CHEAPEST investment in public health, because it saves more lives than vaccines do. Infections that can be prevented through proper hygiene are very expensive for the health system, and the economic losses connected to crises situations, quarantine, stopping production, lead to terrible effects on the world economy.

 

Hygiene education begins with washing hands. Go in schools, kindergartens, highschools, universities in your communities and talk about how important it is to wash your hands and how important it is to use water as a limited resource. These are things many adults know nothing about.

 

It’s been 30 years since the Revolution, and in 2020:

 

 

 

Let’s wake up and have the courage to admit the truth: life expectancy in Romania is one of the lowest in the EU and Moldova has the lowest. The reason behind this is the lack of education at a general level. The lack of education is the certain way to a low life expectancy, low wages, the dramatic decrease in the standard of living of the population, in a word: poverty. We cannot allow Romania and Moldova to be at the level of Africa in Europe. It is time to mobilize, to unite our efforts, to stop waiting for some kind of miracle, and to take control: the power to change is in our hands. We are people of action, ACTIONS speak for us, so let’s get to work.

 

Romania and Moldova need a healthy foundation. If we don’t have health, we cannot build on anything. Health is the foundation of a society. It’s here where it all begins. This is why, for the past 20 years, in the D2241 District, we have been providing medical departments with the latest equipment, we have been saving lives, we have been building toilets for children in schools and kindergartens, we have been teaching these children to wash their hands properly and we have provided clean waters to places forgotten by the world.

 

At an international level, Rotary offers people clean waters, sanitations and hygiene through multiple programs:



Rotary-USAID Partnership: Rotary has created a partnership with USAID in Ghana, Madagascar and Uganda, to implement durable programs, for providing clean waters, sanitation and proper hygiene.

 

WASH in Schools Target Challenge: Rotary has challenged our members to develop durable education projects for clean water, sanitation and hygiene in 5 countries: Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, India and Kenya.

 

WASH Projects: Since 2013, the Rotary Foundation has invested in over 1.000 WASH projects in over 100 countries. Through subventions from the Rotary Foundation and through fundraising by Rotary clubs, our volunteers have supported purifying water, hygiene education, building toilets and waste management.

 

In Rotary, we bring an unique perspective on projects we get involved in, different from other non-governmental organizations. We have connections with local leaders and we know the needs and the capacity of our communities. We form alliances with other organizations, local administrations to successfully complete projects.

 

What can you do?

 

Rotarians sit at a table with other organizations that solve the needs of hygienic and sanitary education and that provide the necessary solutions. We identify the needs of our community and establish an action plan and set specific, measurable goals, which can be achieved in a realistic, achievable period of time. Make sure you have a team dedicated to that project and that they successfully achieve their goals.

 

WASRAG is an international group of rotarians, family members, program participants and experienced students who have a passion for clean waters, sanitation and hygiene (WASH). WASRAG offers advice on WASH projects for the club and for the district, but they also offer resources for improving these initiatives. If your club wants to do a project in this field, you can go to www.wasrag.org to find the necessary information, to become a member or to ask for advice.

 

GRANTS. Since January 2020, Rotary International has introduced a competitive grant model, highly selective, that allows rotarians to implement projects that have a great impact. These projects will benefit a large number of people in a significant geographical area using a sustainable, evidence-based intervention with measurable results and impact. Each grant will support, for three to five years, activities that align with one or more of Rotary's areas of interest. To learn more about this ambitious opportunity for your club, go to rotary.org/grants.

 

ACTIONS. Information and education can be done occasionally or constantly, along with colleagues in your club or other local partners. What can you do in schools, kindergartens, high schools or in your community? 

 

 

Share with us the result and the impact of your actions and show us how you are contributing to improving the health level in your community!

 

Stay healthy!

Marian Neagoe

District Governor 2241, Romania si Republica Moldova

 

I invite you to follow me and what I am doing on my social media:

http://www.marianneagoe.com/

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USEFUL LINKS

GLOBAL GRANTS

GRANT MANAGEMENT SEMINAR LEADERS GUIDE

 

https://learn.rotary.org/members/learn/catalog

http://www.evenimenterotary.ro

https://brandcenter.rotary.org

 

TRAININGS (In Romanian)

Training-uri Membership

Training-uri Leadership

Training-uri Fundraising

Training-uri Imagine Publica

Training-uri Fundatia Rotary

 


 

February 2020

Dear friends,

In Ancient Greece, the idea of peace was strictly related to a primordial period of harmony, stability, and prosperity. In the Roman Empire, peace was brought in the area of values and it was brought to reality through Pax Romana, a stable way of organization of the social life and an international order system. Today, according to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, freedom, justice, and peace are based on the recognition of equal rights for all people.

 

Where there is peace, there is prosperity, therefore economic growth. Internal conflicts, discrimination, the type of regime, the social climate for building peace and the conflict with neighboring countries play a more important role than money, work, technology, and economic policies. Peace decreased insecurity, distrust, and risk, increasing economic growth. Where there is peace, there is prosperity.

 

It doesn’t come as a surprise that the Rotary mission is to offer services to others, to promote integrity, and to advance world kindness and peace through our community of leaders and businesspeople. How do we do this? Through the 6 areas of action: we support education, we save mothers and children, we fight against disease, we grow local economies, we assure access to clean waters, and we promote peace. However, none of these would be possible without peace. Peace is the base and the glue of all our areas of action. Just like conflict, peace feeds on itself: peace creates more peace, conflict creates more conflict.

 

The high number of conflicts in the world has brought forward the need for professionals who would consolidate peace. Our collaboration for the past 75 years with peace symposiums and peace forums of the UN is a declaration of continuity and dedication to building peace.

 

Peace is the value Rotary has dedicated 6 study centers to, so as to identify and train professionals to become peace agents. The world’s leaders of all time talk about peace as the supreme ideal of the human race. However, I’m proposing to shift our attention from the bigger picture to ourselves, because peace begins with our own person. Trying to bring peace to the world by changing individuals is difficult, but it’s the only way. As the great spiritual leaders say, love, compassion, and altruism are the bases of peace. Let’s stop for a few moments and ask ourselves: how do we grow these values in ourselves? How do we solve conflicts that show up in our lives and, yes, even in our clubs? Even more so, what are the best practices to solve these situations quickly and effectively, so as to promote peace?

 

Here are a few ideas for your club:

 

https://www.rotarianactiongroupforpeace.org/peaceincubator/ 

 

I invite you to share with us the projects created by your club and tell us about the impact peace projects have on your community. In Rotary, we see peace not as an abstract concept, but as a live expression of human progress and the way in which we leave our mark on the world. If we collaborate to create peace at a local level, we can create durable change on a global level.

 

On the 23rd of February, we celebrate the International Peace and Understanding Day and 115 years since our organization was founded in Chicago, Illinois USA. Rotary is one of the biggest non-governmental organizations in the world, dedicated to bettering the human condition in local communities around the globe. It is a reason for celebration. It is time we remembered the values that unite us. I invite you all to celebrate together through actions dedicated to the 115 years of service above self and to promote ou greatest success: reducing polio cases by 99.9% and vaccinating over 2.5 billion children. Rotary is a force of good that connects us to one another, through common values, and to the world, through our projects. Today, more than ever, we are called to become a source of inspiration through personal example for our family, our colleagues, friends, neighbors, and members of our communities, through the way we make a difference around us.

 

Armed with power and courage, for peace, for education and health, for friendship within the community as well as for our planet, for our children, for our future, now is the time to step ahead, arm yourself with all the necessary knowledge and honor the role of people of action. NOW is the time for change for each of us.

 

I am ending the newsletter dedicated to peace and resolving conflicts with the quote that, 115 years ago, founded a vision for humanity: “Whatever Rotary may mean to us, to the world it will be known by the results it achieves.” - Paul Harris.



Sincerily, 

Marian Neagoe

District Governor 2241, Romania si Republica Moldova

 

I invite you to follow me and what I am doing on my social media:

http://www.marianneagoe.com/

Facebook  |  Instagram   |  YouTube

 

USEFUL LINKS

GLOBAL GRANTS

GRANT MANAGEMENT SEMINAR LEADERS GUIDE

 

https://learn.rotary.org/members/learn/catalog

http://www.evenimenterotary.ro

https://brandcenter.rotary.org

 

TRAININGS (In Romanian)

Training-uri Membership

Training-uri Leadership

Training-uri Fundraising

Training-uri Imagine Publica

Training-uri Fundatia Rotary

 


January 2020

Dear friends,

 

January is Rotary Awareness Month, dedicated to Vocational Service, one of Rotary’s ways of serving the community.

 

What does Vocational Service really mean? It’s the service above self through our professions.

 

We can be useful to others using our unique abilities, being leaders in our professions, the reason behind why we were admitted to this organization, to answer to our community’s needs. We inspire others to act with integrity, following Rotary’s principles.

 

The idea behind the vocation services allows us to encourage:

- high ethical standards followed in our business and profession;

- the recognition of each profession’s dignity;

- honoring each Rotarian’s profession as an opportunity to serve society.

 

Vocational service is Rotary’s essence, the foundation out of which we are serving the entire world. We, the Rotary members, are a global network of 1,2 million neighbors, friends, leaders, problem-solvers, who see a world where people unite and take action to create durable change - on the globe, in our communities and in ourselves. They keywords that differentiate us are “take action”, that is why we identify as PEOPLE OF ACTION.

 

This beginning of year is a good reason to get some insight and to sincerely analyze the way we serve our communities. WHY ARE WE ROTARY MEMBERS? I noticed that, generally, clubs only have a handful of people who can actually be called PEOPLE OF ACTION. You know them well: these are those people who get involved in projects, not only in the beginning, but especially during the implementation process. These are those who put in time, money, talent and expertise. There are also those who cannot participate in the projects, but who make up for it by sustaining the projects financially. Or those who offer their skills to serve other people.

 

The value of the hours put in by the Rotary members around the globe amounts to $850 million annually. This would be the amount of money communities would have to pay if money were required for the service our volunteers are offering. The 1.2 million Rotary members are putting in 47 million hours a year. It’s obvious that the Rotary volunteering service is not only a calling that makes you feel good, or that allows you to enjoy the notoriety of being a Rotary member, but it’s one of the best opportunities we have to really contribute to real, measurable change of the communities we are part of. We, the Rotary members, are PEOPLE OF ACTION who act and who create the change we want to see in the world.

 

However, there are also members who do nothing, who are INACTIVE in their clubs, but who benefit from the organization’s notoriety made up by people who have invested valuable time, money, skills, support and feelings. You know these people well. If we tolerate such members, who are part of the club just to benefit from the organization without giving something back, we create a deficit in what concerns the image of this organization. It is unacceptable to have in Rotary, a volunteering organization with great notoriety, members who do nothing, but are members and they only appear to be doing things, they parade for hidden personal agendas. Once a club is charted, once a person becomes a member, we are connected to one another, we are part of a family, we can collaborate, we can engage in different projects dedicated to our communities, respecting Rotary rules. But we can do something about these people: we can motivate them to get them involved. Each of us can follow these suggestions:

 

 

Authentic professionals join a Rotary club only if they can find in the club valuable people in different jobs or activities. They can quickly find out if they have a chance to perform well inside your clubs.

 

Therefore, Rotarians have a double responsibility: to represent their skills inside their clubs and to showcase the Rotary ideals at their place of business. Rotary is a place where we are invited to come with passion, with an open mind and soul for friendship, for an authentic connection and for the service above self. This place should not consume our time, our financial resources, our energy, our health for occult, manipulative reasons, but it should be a place where we can happily give our time, money, skills and involvement.

 

No Rotarian should ever feel pressured to invest more time than a volunteer should ever invest or to neglect their family. This is a problem very common among young people in Rotaract, Rotary or potential members. This is the reason why one of RI President Mark Maloney’s priorities is to find balance between the Rotary requirements and the commitment to family and professional matters. Having children or partners at the club’s events encourages other parents or friends to join our club and to build a familial atmosphere. As president Mark Maloney says, we must promote a culture where Rotary does not compete with the family, but it completes it. Bringing your family to Rotary events is not only fun for them, but it also exposes them to the Rotary world.

 

This is the goal of our clubs as well: to make them become our second family, one where members can develop their skills, a space defined by the 4-Way Test and by a familial atmosphere. This is the reason why this newsletter is going to be more practical. How can we be useful through our profession?

 

IDEAS FOR PROJECTS:

 

FIND THE OTHERS

 

TAKE ACTION

 

OTHER ACTIONS

 

AT YOUR PLACE OF BUSINESS

As leaders in your business and professions, you can advance high ethical standards, by being a positive example for your colleagues and their communities. Here are a few specific ways to incorporate ethics in your day to day life:

 

This guide offers useful information, resources and ideas for projects related to vocational services.

You can get your copy here:  https://my.rotary.org/en/document/introduction-vocational-service

 

Rotary is not just an organization where you can do volunteer work. Rotary is, firstly, a philosophy that spreads, over time, in all areas of our lives. Older members say that Rotary is a way of life. It’s the 4-Way Test that shapes our thinking, then our speech, our actions and our impact in the world. I wish this newsletter encourages you to discover ways in which you can contribute even more to this world through your talent and skills. The fact that we can do volunteer work means we have something to offer others. Let’s be reminded that we are here for a short period of time, so we should think about taking action, to leave something beautiful behind. I invite you to contribute even more, to develop your communities in the simplest way possible: through your profession. May you have a happy new year filled with great achievements!

 

My motto: By giving, I’m becoming richer.

With friendship,

Marian Neagoe

District Governor 2241, Romania si Republica Moldova

 

I invite you to follow me and what I am doing on my social media:

http://www.marianneagoe.com/

Facebook  |  Instagram   |  YouTube

 

USEFUL LINKS

GLOBAL GRANTS

GRANT MANAGEMENT SEMINAR LEADERS GUIDE

 

https://learn.rotary.org/members/learn/catalog

http://www.evenimenterotary.ro

https://brandcenter.rotary.org

 

TRAININGS (In Romanian)

Training-uri Membership

Training-uri Leadership

Training-uri Fundraising

Training-uri Imagine Publica

Training-uri Fundatia Rotary

 


DECEMBER 2019

Dear friends,

Here we are, 6 months into the Rotary Connects the World year. It has been a very intense period, with much traveling, visits, events, but also with many reasons for celebrating together. I am writing this just a few days after we celebrated the National Day in Alba Iulia. Wearing our traditional costumes in the city of the Great Union, forming together the map of the District, in blue, yellow and red, getting together from all corners of the District - these are memories I will cherish forever.

My term of Governor has allowed me to meet old friends in Rotary, to meet new people, people of action, who make a difference, it has allowed me to be closer to the realities clubs are facing, to better understand each club’s diversity, each community’s needs, but even more than that - to understand and to clearly see that it’s the service above self that unites us all. In my club visits I can see that shine in your eyes, the shine only volunteers have, and it makes me very happy to see your enthusiasm. Never lose your enthusiasm, your passion for life and the desire to leave something beautiful behind you. These are the best presents you can give yourselves!

In the Rotary calendar, December is the month dedicated to preventing disease. Rotary International thinks that quality medical assistance should be made available for everyone. Even so, 400 million people in the world cannot afford or do not have access to basic medical care.

Disease causes misery, pain and poverty for millions of people in the world. This is the reason why treating and preventing disease is so important for our organization. We are doing big and small projects. We have created 5 temporary clinics, blood donation centers and training facilities in poor communities, that are fighting disease, and we have offered them access to healthcare. We project and build the infrastructure needed so doctors can have exceptional results for their patients and, indirectly, we are bringing value to communities, governments, companies that have healthier, more educated, more efficient, more productive employees.

Our members around the globe are fighting diseases like malaria, HIV/AIDS, Alzheimer’s, multiple sclerosis, diabetes and poliomielitis. Prevention is very important, it doesn’t only save lives, but it also saves billions of dollars, which is why we must focus on health education as well.

HOW DO WE HELP?

We educate and we supply communities with the necessary means to stop spreading diseases that might put their lives in danger. Rotary members have hundreds of ongoing health projects all over the world. In Romania and Moldova, there are tens of projects dedicated to preventing diseases and healthcare. I want to thank you all for your efforts and I want you to know that I appreciate greatly your dedication. Both as a Governor, and as a medic, I want to congratulate and encourage you to continue your projects, they are making all the difference! I know that prevention is about education and it takes a long time to implement, and that the efforts of your actions will only be seen years from now, and only in statistics. But every minute we spend educating or donating money, is going to save lives from suffering or even death.

We cannot solve all problems, but we can focus on solving a global problem. Rotary International started a historic mission 30 years ago: ending polio. Together with Bill & Melinda Gates, Rotary has eradicated polio by 99%! Only two more countries have reported cases of polio caused by the virus, but no child is safe until we vaccinate all the children. This is the main mission of our organization, and we must join this fight.

What can we do? We can go as volunteers in immunization campaigns. There are 2 members in our district that have participated in such an action. One is Viorel Bunea, who immunized in Africa more than 20 years ago, and Anamaria Gîndilă, RC Sibiu Cibinium.

ANAMARIA GÎNDILĂ - the only Romanian volunteer in the Indian mission, in February 2016, mentioned about her experience:

“I stayed for a week as part of the National Immunization Days program, organized by Rotary International with volunteers from around the world. India is a different world, a world of contrasts that cannot be described, it can only be lived. I immunized in key locations (subway stations, intersections, bus stops), but went from door to door as well.

I wanted to have this experience very much, it was a dream come true. I am very thankful to all the volunteers and medics that are involved in this global fight; only there did I understand the devastating effects of polio and how much of an effort we are making to end it. I visited the St. Stephan Hospital in Delhi where I saw children, who had the same age as my own children, and who had their legs amputated because of polio. It was an awful feeling, but it was then that I fully understood our mission.”

Volunteering with travel to endemic areas is a possibility of involvement, but it requires a lot of personal money, courage, time and dedication. We can support the END POLIO campaign in other ways. The simplest way is to donate money, and for this I thought about each member giving $30. I think that now, after 30 years, we can get involved in this project as well. It’s the least we can do to support our organization in its mission. Think about it - $30 actually means $90 because the Gates Foundation is tripling every dollar donated to Rotary. With $30 you will immunize 50 children, and with $90, 150 children. Clubs in our District have already started to gather the money and, at this moment, a quarter of the clubs have donated for END POLIO. I want to thank them for understanding how big the impact of this $30/member donation is and for responding so quickly to my invitation. Up until now, we have gathered $40,000 and we are only beginning. We are starting to act like a unitary force, like a family, like a team and look how powerful we are together!

I invite every club to be part of the Rotary mission and to donate $30/member. This is the smallest thing we can do, but our common effort, the effort of all the members of the 2241 District is going to be remarkable and we will be able to make a difference through the final result. We will celebrate this action together and we will award the special performances of our members during this jubilee year at the District Conference that will take place in Băile Felix between 7-10 of May 2020, where I hope to see many of you.

Let's join forces and gather in our desire to build rotary projects, awards and celebrations that define this mandate.

Will will award excellence in Rotary, during a unique, all-inclusive, District Conference that will give you access to the spa, aqua park, thermal waters, numerous pools and the possibility to spend a full vacation in Băile Felix

Because in Rotary December is the month for preventing diseases, let’s take a moment and be thankful for the health that we have.

Let’s be thankful to those who put in the work for this prevention, for immunization, education and research, so we can live longer and enjoy life more. Let’s celebrate and honor LIFE, let’s protect it and let’s continue to be a force for the good in the world, as others have been before us.

 

I wish you Happy Holidays with your loved ones!

I wish you a Happy New Year, with countless accomplishments!

 

With friendship,

Marian Neagoe

District Governor 2241, Romania si Republica Moldova

 

I invite you to follow me and what I am doing on my social media:

http://www.marianneagoe.com/

Facebook  |  Instagram   |  YouTube

 

USEFUL LINKS

GLOBAL GRANTS

GRANT MANAGEMENT SEMINAR LEADERS GUIDE

 

https://learn.rotary.org/members/learn/catalog

http://www.evenimenterotary.ro

https://brandcenter.rotary.org

 

TRAININGS (In Romanian)

Training-uri Membership

Training-uri Leadership

Training-uri Fundraising

Training-uri Imagine Publica

Training-uri Fundatia Rotary

 


NOVEMBER 2019

Dear friends,


November is the month dedicated to the Rotary Foundation, a month when we can profoundly understand what this organization means. I hope you can find in the Rotary Foundation programs the opportunities you need for your projects to support the community you are a part of. It is the perfect occasion to remember that everything we do (raising money, doing projects) is done out of generosity, affection, compassion, dedication and friendship. We should celebrate together the Rotary spirit through everything we think, say and do, this is what makes the difference.

 

Why are we different? What makes the difference? It's ACTIONS. Our actions speak the loudest.

 

We become Rotarians by acting and having results, by being constant and by sustaining values. Becoming a Rotarian is a long process, where the 4-Way Test becomes our inner compass. Only then can we really understand what Rotary is, what our purpose is and what unites us to the rest of the Rotarians in the world. Through this prism we can understand what People of Action and Rotary Connects the World mean.

 

Through everything we do, we build the future, the legacy we leave for the generations to come. We owe our children a better world than the one we found and we must teach them to do the same. We must show the world the impact of our actions, not to boast about them, but to show them it can be done and to inspire them.

 

Rotary is the only organization that has a foundation, a common donations fund. Let me carry you through our history so you can better understand who we are and where we are going.

 

More than a 100 years ago, a few people with a great vision gathered together to make sure the next generations are successful.

 

1917: Rotary International President, Arch C. Klumph, proposed the creation of a common donations fund, to help the world. The first donation was of $26.50. After that, the fund was called The Rotary Foundation and it became a distinct entity within Rotary International.

 

1919: The Foundation made its first donation of $500, to the International Society for Disabled Children.

 

1919: the first Foundation program, the forerunner of the Ambassadorial Scholarship of the Rotary Foundation

 

1965-66: three new programs are launched: Group Study Exchange, awards for technical instruction and grants for activities in accordance with the Rotary Foundation's objective, later called Matching Grants

 

1978: Health, Hunger and Humanity Grants — 3-H Grants

 

1980: Rotary Volunteers

 

1984-85: PolioPlus

 

1986: Scholarships for University Professors

 

1987-88: the first peace forums and programs for the study of peace and conflict.

 

During all this time, the Rotary Foundation has grown immensely. From its first donation of $26.50, in 1917, the Foundation has received donations of over $1 billion.

 

Only during 2003-2004, over $70 million was donated.

 

Until now, more than a million people who have donated $1000 to the Annual Program Fund, or who had this amount donated for them, have received the Paul Harris Fellows distinction.

 

Such strong support, together with the rotarians involved around the world and the partners who have joined our mission, assure a strong future for the Rotary Foundation, while it continues its vital activity for international and world peace.

 

The mission of The Rotary Foundation is to enable Rotarians to advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through the improvement of health, the support of education, and the alleviation of poverty. The Foundation is a non-profit corporation, supported by the contributions of Rotarians and their friends, of those who share the same vision of a better world.

 

Paul Harris said that whatever Rotary means for you and me, the world will know us through our results. We are committed to serving above self and we are not afraid to dream big or set bold goals. Our mission that started in the 1980s seemed impossible for most, but today, 30 years later, polio cases have been reduced by 99.9%. We CAN. But we CAN only do it together.

 

We are a nation of people who change this world through the service above self. Our contribution to the Rotary Foundation assures the resources our members need to project and implement durable projects, year after year.

 

The Rotary Foundation heightens the value of our donations, keeping and investing the initial contribution and only spending part of the profit. This strategy supports Rotary causes today, while generating funds that will help the activities of the future rotarians.

 

If you or your friends wish to annually support the Rotary Foundation, you can become members of the Paul Harris Society. The Society awards people who contribute with at least $1000 annually towards the annual programs, PolioPlus, PolioPlus Partners or the Humanitarian Grants program. Regardless of the amount, you can already see the lives of people and communities changing. What you do today will shape the next century of service. Your legacy is Rotary’s promise.

 

Since 1917 until now, the Rotary Foundation has spent over $3.7 billion to help people and communities through projects for clean water, sanitation, education, peace and ending polio. For more than 100 years we have proved that we are here to leave behind a better world, and now our impact can be amplified. Through the money gathered by the Foundation we can do projects that have huge measurable impact.

 

Between 22-24 November you can attend the annual training seminar of the Rotary Foundation that the clubs must attend to get their MOU. MOU is indispensable for the clubs that implement Global Grants, the money that comes from the Rotary Foundation that can be used to do projects that have a big and measurable impact. Find here all the information you need - http://www.evenimenterotary.ro

 

Stay connected to our social media to discover educational materials and news about the projects Rotarians are doing in the D2241 District.

 

 

 

Sincerely Yours,

Marian Neagoe

District Governor 2241, Romania si Republica Moldova

 

I invite you to follow me and what I am doing on my social media:

http://www.marianneagoe.com/

Facebook  |  Instagram   |  YouTube

 

USEFUL LINKS

GLOBAL GRANTS

GRANT MANAGEMENT SEMINAR LEADERS GUIDE

 

https://learn.rotary.org/members/learn/catalog

http://www.evenimenterotary.ro

https://brandcenter.rotary.org

 

TRAININGS (In Romanian)

Training-uri Membership

Training-uri Leadership

Training-uri Fundraising

Training-uri Imagine Publica

Training-uri Fundatia Rotary

 


 

OCTOBER 2019

Dear friends,


9.2 million dollars

The money The Rotary Foundation has spent last year on growing local economies and reducing poverty

795 million people - or 1 in 9 people - do not have enough food

60% of the hungry people of the world are women and girls

70% of the poorest people in the world live in rural areas and are dependent on agriculture and related activities to support themselves

These statistics are for the entire world, including Romania and the Republic of Moldova.

People fight poverty daily, their main job being related to subsistence farming and animal husbandry. What is more alarming is the fact that children who are in school fight hunger even during classes. They struggle to live in continued hunger and to ignore their empty stomachs daily.

We are no strangers to news about poverty and hunger, but we fully understand the reality of these numbers: Romania leads the European ranking on poor children with 51%, followed by Bulgaria, where 45,2% of the children are on the brink of poverty. Yes, Romanian children living in rural areas are the poorest children in Europe: 1 in 10 goes to sleep hungry because many families cannot afford more than 2 meals a day. Furthermore, the trend shows that the number of poor children will grow annually with 1%.

The question is - what are we doing? The simplest thing would be to make sure they get all their meals, but this will not help them in the future. Instead of giving them fish, we should help them learn how to fish.

In Rotary, the month of October is dedicated to growing local economies, the month when our collected efforts aim to develop entrepreneurial spirit and economic self-sufficiency to create real, lasting changes in communities.

Economic development is closely related, even directly proportional to education. The more educated a person is, the better their chances to get out of poverty and to build a better future in life. There are projects in our District that allow us to change perspectives and help communities, offering families a way out of poverty. Some are related to professional training, mentoring, supporting family businesses, and others are related to offering them jobs that are paid very well. I strongly believe that our efficiency lies in us helping and supporting people learn a skill that is needed on the job market, we support them to raise awareness and capitalize on their potential, to transform their mentality and to become an economic force. Allowing ourselves to tap the community resources, we can open new doors. When we do such projects, regardless of how small they are, we actually change the world.

What can we help them learn?

- YOU CAN LIVE OFF YOUR WORK. The systematization of vocational education is failing to adapt to the new reality, this is why the key to growing the local economy is to develop vocational and technical schools. However, if we want to take it one step further, we need to teach, cultivate and develop the MENTALITY OF A THING DONE WELL.

What makes the SWISS QUALITY different from us? The attention to every step of the process, meticulosity, so as to have every detail made to perfection. This is it. It is just a matter of mentality, of education.

An example of a project is the one developed by the club I am part of in collaboration with Rotary Club Sunrise California, District 5220. The objective is to provide students from the Bihor county area with the necessary conditions for learning useful trades like carpentry, locksmithing, barbering and tailoring. The specific equipment was purchased, fitted and put into operation, we provided the right furniture, tools and supplies, so the students could train, test and love these trades. The project is carried out in close relation to the mayors’ offices and school management, that have assured the necessary space and qualified personnel for training.

link: https://rotaryoradea.ro/atrage-elevii-spre-meserii/

- YOU CAN BE A LEADER. The best performing educational institutions in Romania and the Republic of Moldova teach performance. But it is high time we taught our children to develop their self-esteem, to be leaders, to be the best professionals, regardless of their field of activity. A mentality issue that should be taught from the very beginning. A child who is educated in the spirit of taking initiative, open communication, innovation, constructive debate, social peace, conflict resolution and collaboration, has their success assured. Why exactly should social peace and conflict resolution be included in children’s education to become leaders? If we compare poor countries to developed ones, we can see that it’s the social peace that diminishes violence, conflicts and wars, it assures a stable climate, proper for development, for respecting human rights, for even distribution of resources, information flow, developing diplomatic relations with neighboring countries and other international actors, social peace assures the development of quality human capital, it reduces corruption and it assured the good functioning of public institutions. The benefits of social peace can be measured, in the long term, in economic indices.

- Success, then, depends on mentality, and if we want success, we need to start educating our generations ACUM (NOW) in the spirit of leadership. Vasile Dancu, a known sociologist, concluded that Romania is a society with low self esteem. 30 years of “second hand” destiny and Romanian seems to be devastated by distrust: in institutions, but mostly in other people. And if we take a look at the superpowers, self esteem and trust in other people stand at the base of a healthy economy.

- KEEP ON LEARNING. If we want to be adapted to these times, it is necessary to continue learning, to adapt to changes. While many sectors will disappear, others will become more influential and, alongside them, new professions and opportunities. Continuous training is the chance we all have to become adapted to the times we are living - times of continuous change, but also to develop our skills and to connect to people who share the same passions.

- WRITE BUSINESS PLANS TO OBTAIN MICROCREDITS. Once educated, small entrepreneurs use microcredits to develop their small businesses. Rural entrepreneurs can borrow money to buy animals or vegetable crops, or they can be trained in sustainable agriculture. For instance, Rotary Club Oradea, the club I am part of, together with Rotary Club Salida and Modesto from California, USA, have started a program that supports and promotes small businesses from Bihor. Through education and support, the entrepreneurs receive consultation for entrepreneurial development, and also a loan between 3.000 and 16.000 RON they can put towards consolidating or developing their business. This is a very useful tool, especially for farmers or craftsmen.

Link: https://rotaryoradea.ro/microfinantare/

- Another possible direction, often taken by Rotary at an international level, is to adopt a village. Using a multifaceted and coordinated strategy, Rotary members can teach villagers how to break the vicious cycle of poverty. We can teach people to become resources for their communities, offering network activities, consulting regarding new business approaches and training in mathematics and financial management. We can teach farmers the skills they need to improve soil fertility, to control soil erosion and to sell their products.

- Economic development is directly proportional to education. The more educated we are, the better we will do in life and the more our self-esteem and respect will grow. Developed countries have understood this a long time ago and all we can do is to look longingly at their educational system and take the first step ACUM (NOW).

- Let’s take the first step and look in the mirror, look at ourselves, the ones of us who are not part of the statistics above. We can afford to volunteer, we dedicate our time to developing the community we are part of. We have this super-power: THE POWER TO VOLUNTEER, the choice we make to spend our time and resources this way. But we have another super-power that we haven’t yet understood completely and that is completely free: CHOICE. The power to choose NOW between local or international products and services. The power to support NOW small, local businesses, craftsmen, artisans or artists, buying from them the things we need on a daily basis. The power to support NOW businesses responsible with the environment or that practice bio agriculture. Let’s take the first step NOW (ACUM).

- LET’S MAKE A DEAL WITH AGRICULTURE. The real challenge is to shift our attention from international problems to local ones, specific to each country. The need and responsibility of a global change is big, but we can only do what we can do, where we are, with what we have. Real change will only come when national economies make a deal with agriculture, when people understand that they have the power and that if they want a healthier, more balanced and better quality diet, at a better price, society will have to make a deal with local agriculture. In this way, food quality will be better, and farmers will be encouraged to be more competitive, to educate themselves better and to innovate so as to boost their businesses. Futhermore, the unique taste of local foods, as well as quality wines, can turn into a great advatange for extremely competitive tourism, invigorating the tourism industry in Romania and the Republic of Moldova. We can already see this happening. Each of us needs to understand that the sovereignty of our diets, thus our health and future, lies in agriculture.

If we want to make progress, there is only one chance, one way: EDUCATION. From the education that beings in kindergarten to entreprenorial education and continuous training at any age. And the right time is ACUM (NOW) through ACTION, CONSCIENCE, UNITY AND MENTALITY.

We have what it takes to change the future. Each of us, through every action we take. It is an obligation. It is a responsibility. It will not be easy, but I want to challenge you to take the first step ACUM (NOW).

 

Sincerely Yours,

Marian Neagoe

District Governor 2241, Romania si Republica Moldova

 

I invite you to follow me and what I am doing on my social media:

http://www.marianneagoe.com/

Facebook  |  Instagram   |  YouTube

 

USEFUL LINKS

GLOBAL GRANTS

GRANT MANAGEMENT SEMINAR LEADERS GUIDE

 

https://learn.rotary.org/members/learn/catalog

http://www.evenimenterotary.ro

https://brandcenter.rotary.org

 

TRAININGS (In Romanian)

Training-uri Membership

Training-uri Leadership

Training-uri Fundraising

Training-uri Imagine Publica

Training-uri Fundatia Rotary

 


 

SEPTEMBER 2019

Dear friends,


We find ourselves in the midst of a technological revolution. The future of our work is already looking different, as automation and artificial intelligence are already replacing manual labor. According to specialists, by the end of 2030, robots will have replaced over 800 million jobs, this is the reason we should have a revolution in our mentality now, a revolution of our skills that would open new opportunities in our careers. Our children must be prepared, not to gather information, but to develop their critical thinking, to understand concepts, digital language, creativity, innovation, have antreprenorial skills, enjoy volunteering and involvement in civic life, be interested in research, values and teamwork.


In 2019, Romania still has schools and kindergartens that use backyard toilets, just like in the Middle Ages. Our teaching system is, more often than not, based on fear, linear evaluation, feeding information and assessing memory skills, a place where we encourage obedience, conformation, silence, competition, disunion. Certainly, this does not happen everywhere, there are exceptions, teachers who are very talented and dedicated, but if we take a look at past generations, we cannot have much hope regarding the future.


39% of our highschool graduates have minimum skills to allow them to understand a text or to make logical or scientific elementary reasoning. Romania occupies the first place in the European ranking of functional illiteracy. This means that school is not able to teach these children much. The Romanian system produces graduates who are able to remember and reproduce information in a semi-autistic way, but who are not able to use this information in their daily lives. Basically, we condemn half a generation to not get involved in the future’s economy. In the meantime, 98.5% of the Romanian teachers think they are well or very well prepared regarding their skills, while in Finland, only 64% think they are well-prepared. Solving functional illiteracy should be a priority in Romania, but there is no real, official strategy for this.


If there is a solution to all the problems we have today, that is an education adapted to the times we are living now. The engine of cultural, social, economical development. AN EVOLVED SOCIETY IS AN EDUCATED SOCIETY. What we are seeing today around us, is the result of the education we received at home and in school.


It is time we discussed sincerely and openly about the problems our nation is facing. We are a factory of employees for the whole of Europe and we are not able to keep competent people at home. We are preparing generations of employees, of machines for reciting information, of obedient people, of victims of the system, people who lack initiative and self-esteem, for whom the only salvation is leaving this country. Communism has not yet disappeared from our education system, and the biggest problem is that our teachers, the ones who are the architects of the future, are the ones who need to adapt the most to the psychology of the new generation and to the new global tendencies. Teaching is one of the most important professions in our country. Teachers, together with parents, can model the generations that lead our country forward, they are the ones who set the way this nation works, they are the ones who build generations through their way of thinking. However, they are struggling in a system that does not reward them in any way.


It is high time we stopped brushing things under the rug. We need to focus on our educational system if we want to get this country back on track and to allow everyone to find their role in the transformation that has already begun to take place in the world. We need to do this NOW.


What is the culture we want our educational system to promote? This is the most important question we need to ask ourselves if we want to find out where we are headed as a people. Before anything else, we need to have teachers who develop the MENTALITY of our children, who get them ready not just to perform, but to become leaders, winners, to become strong and to be inclined towards action and the conscience of a thing done well. Furthermore, they need to help our children become leaders through an inclusive culture of kindness, compassion, empathy, friendship, cooperation and unity. They need to help the children develop their self esteem, their courage, integrity and their acceptance of diversity. By planting these seeds, our children will develop a nation, culture and politics based on human values, an advanced society, based on a healthy moral compass that can develop on its own from a technological and economical point of view. It is time we took action NOW through Action, Conscience, Unity and Mentality.


Our organization has international programs for helping teachers perfect their craft, for adult literacy, scholarships, refugee education and mentoring programs. As Governor of the 2241 District, I feel honored to be part of this organization that is so interested in the education in Romania and Moldova.


I want to congratulate every one of you, as I am thankful for your involvement in education projects, in supporting talented youth, in supporting excellence and those with economic difficulties, as well as for your mentoring. Your involvement in youth education can significantly change their life course. I am sure of this, based on my experience with education projects in our District that have made a change.


I want to tell you about 2 district projects I have initiated 4 years ago:

Cartea Noastră cea din toate zilele” (roughly translated to “Give us our daily book”), a project that is promoting education, rewarding excellence, collecting books for schools, kindergartens, libraries: https://www.carteanoastraro.ro


Rotary Mentoring” - a project that creates bonds between generations in Rotary (mentors) and Rotaract (mentees), facilitating a transformative experience between the two groups: http://mentoring.rotary2241.org


Regardless of whether we plan on bringing forward the need for a better infrastructure for the schools in Romania and Moldova, or to make a measurable contribution to bettering the education quality, it is time we raised the standards and amplified our successes. We need to realize our impact can be even greater.


We can support schools, we can adopt schools, we can unite in our efforts to offer children ideal conditions, adapted to the times we are living, we can reward teachers that are a source of inspiration for their students, we can offer school supplies, scholarships and training programs. What if every club in our District adopted a school and attracted economic partners to help them, how would that increase the quality of life for these children?


Furthermore, education was voted as the main area of interest during this year’s District Conference in Timișoara, this is the best direction we could have chosen for the projects in our District.


Let’s focus on education from now on, not just during this month. But, before anything else, let’s be a good example for our children. Let’s not forget that change begins in ourselves and let’s teach our children this same ideal.

 

Sincerely Yours,

Marian Neagoe

District Governor 2241, Romania si Republica Moldova

 

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TRAININGS (In Romanian)

Training-uri Membership

Training-uri Leadership

Training-uri Fundraising

Training-uri Imagine Publica

Training-uri Fundatia Rotary

 

Useful Links

https://learn.rotary.org/members/learn/catalog

http://www.evenimenterotary.ro

https://brandcenter.rotary.org

 


 

AUGUST 2019

Being a Rotary member changed my life

Dear friend, 

Has your life quality improved since you decided to join your club?

Rotary is dedicating the whole month of August to membership.

Take a short break and think about how being a member of this organization has changed your life. Friends, social projects, problems solved, saved lives, family, holidays and unforgettable parties, learning, personal growth, interesting people…?

For me, these are only a few of the ways Rotary has changed my life. And because I’ve studied Medicine, I cannot help but tell you that it has been scientifically proven that the service above self has benefits on the self as well. I can confirm that offering my time, my knowledge, my energy and my attention to those who need it makes me feel better, it is great for the soul. But that is not the only thing that is good for the soul.

Aside from developing projects that solve the problems of our communities, Rotary offers us access to a global community of leaders of different fields, by simply wearing the pin, the symbol of integrity, correctness and moral quality.

This organization offers us the possibility to meet new different, interesting people coming from different fields, who are extremely talented and along whom we start this road of the service above self, of personal development, of friendship and of the perfect organized medium to create durable change.

Think about the impact your projects have had so far and now multiply the results by 10. It is time we had greater goals, it’s time to grow our even more. Why? Because we have proven so many times that WE REALLY MAKE A DIFFERENCE.

The only obstacle is the limit in your mind. As such, I’m inviting you to think big, to change your mentality and objectives, to try harder, as much in your professional as in your personal life. This is the only way we can make progress: to think and act bigger in our lives. Plant 1000 trees, not 100. Save 200 children with heart problems, not 100. Support 50 gifted children, not 10. And 100 next year. Why? Because we can and we have to.

To grow our impact, we need more people who believe in our dreams, in the real durable change that we can create together through efficient projects. People who have the same values, who understand the benefits of being a Rotary member and who should be offered:

Before we invite leaders from outside of the organization to join us, I believe it is more important to ask the members of the Rotaract clubs if they want to join our clubs or if they want a new club of their own. An international study made among Rotaract members suggest that they would like to find real friendship in the Rotary clubs, more networking, efficient projects, inclusive culture, a cozy atmosphere, openness to change, passion, open-minded people, creative solutions, flexibility, focused planning, simplicity and mentoring. This last aspect is one of our fortes and through it we can support the next generation in their transformation into leaders who create long-lasting change in their communities. I have already started adding all our mentoring seminars (links down below) where our members, all 3500 friends, can find information on leadership, communication, fundraising, conflict prevention and membership.

And now I would like to address the ladies. Humanity is at a defining moment when women are liberated from centuries of oppression and are lifting the whole society. As women gain rights, families flourish; it is the same with the society and the economy. Women not only birth the world, they uplift it. Melinda Gates captures all this in her book, “The Moment of Lift,” a book I recommend to understand the magnitude of gender equality. As the father of two daughters, both members of this organization, I am very pleased that I can offerem them, through Rotary, the perfect place for personal growth, for the development of empathy, humanity, leadership and a place based on friendship and sound values. I wish we had gender equality in Rotary, and for that I’m going to need your support. Think about all the women you admire, from whom you can learn, who could lead an entire generation of women and teens. Or women who simply want to contribute to solving the problems their communities are facing. Invite them to be part of an organization that can help them make this world a better place. This is what you do best!

Aside from the youth and women, we want diversity in our clubs, and diversity is something we can build not only in what concerns our members, but in what concerns our club functions too. From satellite clubs, independent or e-clubs, to different ways of making our weekly meetings more interesting; we can think of new more flexible ways to organize our clubs for those leaders who do not resonate with the current model.

To grow Rotary means to receive the new generation of leaders to strengthen and multiply the bonds we have around the globe, to become a nation of connected individuals, to grow the impact of our actions, to make remarkable changes.

 

Sincerely Yours,

Marian Neagoe

District Governor 2241, Romania si Republica Moldova

 

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TRAININGS (In Romanian)

Training-uri Membership

Training-uri Leadership

Training-uri Fundraising

Training-uri Imagine Publica

Training-uri Fundatia Rotary

 

Useful Links

https://learn.rotary.org/members/learn/catalog

http://www.evenimenterotary.ro

https://brandcenter.rotary.org

 


 

JULY 2019

Rotary - a United Nation doing good in the world

Dear friends,

This is my first newsletter as the 20th Governor of our district and I must admit that I am extremely happy and excited. I feel very honored for this once-in-a-lifetime privilege to serve above myself the District and you, the ones who take out of your time to make a difference in the communities you serve.

I often meet people who ask me what Rotary is. My answer is simple: people of action. Rotary is made of leaders from different fields who meet, exchange ideas and act upon them. Facts, not just promises. People who do things that have a great impact, that create change in their communities.

But there is something that unites us, something that is at the foundation of what we are doing. As President Mark Maloney said, Rotary is an organisation of individuals united by a common goal, by a connection that lies in the midst of the Rotary experience. Indeed, Rotary allows us to connect to one another in profound, significant ways, especially through our differences. It connects us randomly with people we would have never had the chance to meet if it had not been for Rotary. It connects us to our communities, to professional opportunities and to the ones who need our help the most. This connection is friendship, Rotary's engine, the engine that helps communities thrive, the engine of human, social and economical development. Friendship brings people together and it unites them towards the same goal. No one can change the world by themselves, the force of individual efforts, as Paul Harris said, knows no limit. It's a simple, but very powerful truth that lies at the foundation of my entire activity.

I'm starting my year as Governor full of gratitude for your support, for the trust you put in me, I am hopeful and I trust that together we can create sustainable change. Change begins in the mentality we have, and then it spreads to the actions we take, becoming a constant, a harmony between mind and action. I have always believed that durable change comes from ourselves, from each and every one of us, from the bottom to the top. As such, I have named my governance program for the year 2019-2020 "Rotary Plantează ACUM" (Rotary is Planting NOW). The launch of the program took place on the 6th of July in Oradea. My dear friends attended the event, as well as the famous Dumitru Prunariu, the first and only Romanian astronaut, a Rotary member himself. He talked about the moments when he saw our planet from above for the first time. Such a view changes one forever, and Dumitru confessed that that was the moment he felt very strongly the need to protect this planet, its atmosphere, its soil, its underground, its waters. For him, Rotary was the place that allowed him to create change ACUM (NOW). I am very pleased that people like Dumitru, people who see the bigger picture, are joining our organisation and that they understand our common goal, inspiring entire generations to be the change that they want to see in the world ACUM (NOW).

 

Sincerely Yours,

Marian Neagoe

District Governor 2241, Romania si Republica Moldova

 

I invite you to follow me and what I am doing on my social media:

http://www.marianneagoe.com/

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TRAININGS (In Romanian)

Training-uri Membership

Training-uri Leadership

Training-uri Fundraising

Training-uri Imagine Publica

Training-uri Fundatia Rotary

 

Useful Links

https://learn.rotary.org/members/learn/catalog

http://www.evenimenterotary.ro

https://brandcenter.rotary.org

 


 


MARCH 2019

Welcome again, dear friends,

In a new spring month that in the Rotary calendar is dedicated to a theme of real interest for mankind known as Water and Sanitation Month.

Considering that all known forms of life depend on water, its existence being vital to the future of mankind, the United Nations (UN) decreed in 2010 that access to drinking water is a human right.

The World Water Day is celebrated annually on March 22, and in 2019 it has the slogan "Leave No One Behind".

Our organization focuses very carefully on this topic as one of the six priority areas of action that all clubs are involved at international level.

I will not insist on the global areas that are deficient in this concern, in the context of freshwater being only 2.7% of the world's total quantity.

The most affected area is in Sub-Saharan Africa, where more than 4,000 African children lose their lives every day because they drink infested water, do not have sewage and suffer from illnesses caused by lack of hygiene.

According to World Vision, approximately 8 million African children die annually.

A difficult problem to solve, that the governments and global organizations as a top priority on their working agendas to identify new resources and methods for putting an end to it.

Our district and the clubs in it, by means of the donations made to the Rotary Foundation, join in solving this problem on a global scale.

With problems not as serious as those in the area of Africa, we are also confronted, as Romanians, and this is due not to the lack of water but to the sewerage systems in our country.

Statistically, only a third of the communes have sewerage systems and at the level of the inhabitants only half of the Romanian population benefits from a sewerage system.

Romania, a country with 320 cities and municipalities, 2861 communes and about 13,000 villages, ranks first in the European Union in what concerns the absence of water supply and sewerage, and is the country where most citizens have their toilets in the yard.

This is a major problem of state and local government that will have to be regulated under the auspices of Law 241/2006 on the Water Supply and Sewerage Service.

We, as an organization, at D 2241 Romania and Republic of Moldavia level, are able to be involved in projects such as the one proposed and carried out by our colleague - PP Florin Iliescu, RC Bistriţa Nosa, who made me the honour to join the District Committee as the Chair Water and Sanitation Group Committee - a qualified person and with extensive proven expertise in this field, who, three years ago, initiated and implemented a Water and Sanitary Initiative Educational Project, initiated in the D 2241 area as a program dedicated to students from the schools of the two countries.

Certainly at our organization level, it could also be a subject of discussion and involvement in the accomplishment of a country project as a not at all honourable signal, such as solving the situation regarding the latrines behind the school courtyards...

Upon many proposals received from the district regarding the identification of a future locomotive theme of our organization, from those received to date, part of them being too general, without being properly emphasized, many were also found from the area of Water and Sanitation.

As a result of these proposals and to add them to the discussion table, with many others I have done some research to document me in what concerns their geographic identification and localization.

"Approximately 30% of Romanian schools do not have sanitary groups inside the main building, affecting more than 230,000 pupils at national level. Totally, 2,220 Romanian schools have no sanitary groups inside the building, and the difference between urban and rural areas is : 38% in rural areas compared to 7% in urban areas. These findings are relevant in view of the connection between health and hygiene conditions and underdevelopment of children that may be caused by bacterial infections "

I was surprised to find the high number of these cases, more than 2,300 schools in this situation, but quite well divided into areas that we identified with a number each city and rural locality - that our clubs could cover without big problems.

That made me think that it could be a direction that our organization could consider and in the discussions that will be developed it could be seen as a challenge to assume its solution.

This topic also made me think back, more than 100 years ago, in the history of the organization, reminding me of the first community project made by Chicago's No.1 club, of building a public washroom and public toilet in Chicago.

In this regard, taking advantage of a visit to the capital, we touched this topic with representatives from the Ministry of Education, stating the intention and willingness of our organization to get involved in this issue. They were surprised by the proposed initiative and congratulating us for the desire of our involvement, and they informed me that in their work agenda this problem is also included.

The interesting part is that at the end of January the Ministry launches the news in the media that they will deal with this issue and at the end of February it is announced that the Government has allocated the necessary amounts to the local authorities to solve the situation of the schools with the latrines behind the courtyards!

It was just one of the examples of the themes of work that we could have involved in, as a current and necessary project, that could be measured in numbers and time and well managed by clubs in the necessary areas.

Unfortunately, we have so many problems to solve in this country where we live that we will surely find one of the themes proposed by you, dear friends, as suitable and necessary, and by our involvement in solving it, the role and the capacity of our organization can be on fully confirmed.

I am convinced that on May 18, 2019, within the Bucharest Regional Event, occasioned by the celebration of 90 years of Rotarian activity in Romanian space, an event that will be organized place at the Romanian Athenaeum, we will be prepared to present our organization in the space of the civil society, invited to this event, in all its forms of organization, most of whom are represented by non-Rotarian people, and there we can launch the new assumed challenge to invite them to join us and be part of this country project.

Therefore, dear friends, we only have to complete it successfully and be inspired in the selection of the main theme that will concern our organization until it is solved.

Cristian V. Jurji
Governor 2018-2019
District 2241 România and the Republic of Moldova

MARCH 2019

Dear friends,

Welcome, with on a new, widely interesting theme that preoccupies the monthly rotary calendar!

"Peace and Conflict Prevention" - a thorny theme that has been of concern to our organization since the early 1940s, which is still on the Rotary International calendar.

We can pride ourselves that Rotary International has created the premises for the establishment of a United Nations Organization for Education, Science and Culture - UNESCO, following the conference in London in 1942 on the theme "Analysis of International Education and Cultural Exchange in order to prevent conflicts. "

Also, Rotary, with the support of the 49 Rotarian delegates, consultants of the 29 delegations participating in the UN Conference, has played an extremely important role in the formation of this international organization - the United Nations, founded in 1945.

There followed a series of projects and actions specifically designed and accomplished by our organization, starting with the first initiative of setting up a "France-Germany Inter-Country Committee" in Vienna in 1931, known as “The Little French-German Committee”, aiming at strengthening the bilateral relations between Rotarians between the two countries in order to provide them with more opportunities in developing friendship and promoting global peace. Unfortunately, the Rotarian movement was banned in 1937 by the Nazi totalitarian regime, which led to the interruption of this initiative.

The second attempt, initiated by the French side, which had proposed the improvement of the relations between the two great antagonist parties during the two world wars, was successful, being signed the document for the creation of “Inter-country France – Germany Committee" - on May 23, 1950, during the International Conference in Strasbourg where, by the voice of Governor Robert Haussman, was stated the idea that, From now on, at the head of the Rotarian ideal, there must be peace!

An honourable initiative, becoming a perfect vehicle in harmonizing the friendship between countries and districts. Thus, at this time, Rotary International has more than 200 Inter-Country Committees, gathered in "The Inter-Country Committees", an organization leaded by a national Romanian, PDG Ovidiu Coş - Chair of ICC Executive Council, member of Alba Iulia Rotary Club.

We have thus gained an excellent network of communication and networking of members everywhere, belonging to different countries with a wide and diverse cultural palette and good cooperation in the development of a common projects.

Over the years, our organization has developed a range of programs that can and will act in the spirit of the monthly theme and aim to develop the good relations between Rotarians around the world - the Rotary Friendship Program, coordinated in D2241, by our colleague, PP Alexandru Iote, RC Alexandria member. Families of Rotarians from different countries and continents visit each other for two weeks in order to have direct contact with people and interesting places in order to gain a better understanding of the realities in that country, to build confidence and to strengthen of new friends and not the last, the possibility of initiating a Global Grant for a local project.

Of great interest and great success are also the programs dedicated to young Interact members, such as the exchange of students known as the “YEP - Youth Exchange Program”, coordinated at the District level by PP Cristina Voina, member of RC Alba Iulia. Under this program, young people from different countries have the opportunity, for the period of a school year, to continue their studies, depending on the chosen field, to come into contact and discover and study the culture, history, traditions and customs of the country concerned. Thus it is enabled a good information transfer, being an excellent opportunity for our young people to become true ambassadors of the country of origin.

Complementary, equally interesting for our Interact young members are also the "Short and Long Term Camps", coordinated by our colleague, P Viorel Brad, member of RC Arad, organized on different themes, belonging to a diversified area, from which the vocation, culture, the environment, archaeology can be emphasized. This created the premises for the development of a homogeneous friendship in terms of cultural diversity and countries of origin. An investment that deserves to be treated with great care because these teenagers, over the years, will certify their value and potential, becoming outstanding personalities in their communities and countries, and as a result, decision-makers in solving various important situations or topics of the community.

We also rely on the fact that, as a result of the meetings and events of our organization, we will take the most inspired decisions, related to Rotarian values and spirit, in line with the "Test of the Four Questions", according to which, “everything I say and do is true, honest, it is for the benefit of all those involved and it has as a goal the stimulation of friendship and goodwill.”

I believe we have an overwhelming majority who responds and acts according to this test.

Rotary Youth Leadership Award "RYLA", whose committee is represented at the district level by our colleague, Alexandru Grigoraş, member of RC Iaşi Copou, ideal platform for ideas exchanges and a model of good practices in Rotary clubs everywhere can also be considered another important Rotarian contribution. A series of events to which future Rotarians, current former Rotaractians, are called, in addition to being able to consolidate and strengthen their personal development, to share their experiences, in the spirit of Rotarioan values they have adhered to.

All these initiatives and activities are an intrinsic and characteristic part of our organization, which once again certifies the preoccupation and concern to live in peace and harmony, under the motto of friendship and the established values.

We will recognize that it has not always been easy to transpose all this into reality and facts, given the diversity and many personalities that make up this organization. But we are a strong organization, built on solid, authentic principles, aware that we must preserve and perpetuate these values.

As we know, values such as friendship and harmony among club members cannot be shown and displayed only on a certain day of the week between 19:30 and 22:00 when we have a weekly club meeting. Our belonging to this organization should be seen as a state that characterizes and accompanies us day by day, being able to transfer it to our families, to our colleagues in our workplaces or to our knowledge.

The joy of re-joining your club friends, the pleasure and the satisfaction of standing face to face, equal to equal, looking without reserves in the eyes of your colleague on the other side of the table, talking openly, approaching daily, professional or family themes, reviewing the club's projects and actions, but also the states and experiences of a holiday, can be a privilege that we enjoy in the admirable universe of a Rotarian club.

I am convinced that many of you, dear friends, enjoy and appreciate this universe, being surrounded by good friends and all I have to do is encourage you to maintain and preserve in your clubs this state of peace and good harmony.

Until a new message, just good thoughts from your good friend,

Cristian V. Jurji
Governor 2018-2019
District 2241 România and the Republic of Moldova

JANUARY 2019

Dear friends,

I would be happy to find you all healthy, happy and motivated to start this New Year off right, a year during which you will successfully achieve your hopes, dreams and expectations, yet to be fulfilled.

I am convinced that your degree of excellence in your professions and your membership in this organization, set you apart in our community.

You are among those who make a difference in this world, who have been gifted with a special set of values and attributes, a perfect blend which includes friendship, empathy, tolerance, altruism or generosity, ready and able to be generous and sensitive to the needs of those who did not have our chance to thrive in life. We are capable of this because most of us have succeeded in building a successful career, which brings us pride and satisfaction.

It’s possible there are cases in which some people lack a vocational calling and so they are never fully satisfied.

A career means we can aspire to achieve something, like success for example, but through our vocation we can also fulfill our destiny. Fortunately this is where you find yourselves, dear friends! You have a vocation to do good!

In addition to friendship and professional excellence, the members of our organization are bound together through their Vocation as a fundamental element in creating and developing this organization.

Our District boasts a several such examples worth noting since they embody our achievements and professional excellence in their chosen fields.

The most recent such achievement comes from our Rotarian colleague Dr. Stefan Tiron, of RC Bucharest. During the VI WFOT Meeting in Guangzhou – China, the General Assembly elected our colleague as President of the World Federation of Ozone Therapy, a federation which comprises hundreds of thousands of doctors from over 35 countries throughout the world of medicine. How proud must the Romanian medical community be to have one of their own acknowledged globally!

January being Vocation month in the Rotary International calendar, I take this opportunity to congratulate Stefan and add him to a list of Rotarian colleagues who honor us by being members of Rotary International.

Vocation, a gift and a privilege to pursue if...we’ve discovered it at the right time!

Unfortunately, not all of us have had the chance to discover and pursue it. There may be multiple reasons why, starting with family, school, society, factors which may have stopped us from discovering it and making inspired choices. Over time, some of us may realize that we play our role without great motivation, knowing we would have wanted something else for ourselves.

Even then, one we discover that new purpose, it might be too late to make a big change. The responsibilities we have taken on, our workplace, the family and finance come into play. The decision is very difficult and for many of us it may prove a very risky gamble at that moment in our lives.

And so we find ourselves at an age when for some of us it is a little too late to take on a new challenge. And so we carry on with our chosen career path, which brings us some satisfaction but also makes us long for the unfulfilled dream of doing what we like.

One way or another, as Rotarians, learning from our experience, we still have the possibility and the opportunity to make a positive change in the lives of young people who in turn, for the most part, live with the dilemma of finding their life’s purpose or that talent in its early stages which could be successfully explored.

This brings me to service through mentoring which we Rotarians could provide for the young generations, members of Interact clubs. We have the chance of having in our yard a treasure which we don’t fully appreciate the value of, consisting of over 1800 teenagers ready to begin their professional lives.

A new generation of teenagers of inestimable value! These clubs, part of a large-scale Rotary program, can become a successful platform of this Rotarian program in which vocation and a personal dream could represent the two most frequent personal development topics of the new generation of leaders of this country.

This is where we could contribute, being capable of sharing insight into choosing a career path in life through at least two strategic directions:
1. Raising awareness as to and adopting the set of values to follow in life, the 4 Way Test can play a determining role in shaping their future.
2. Mentoring regarding choosing a future profession. Rotarians can arrange visits and meetings for high-school students, members of Interact clubs, depending on the options for the future, concerning their companies, staff and projects in various fields of activity medicine, art, law, academic research, entrepreneurship under various forms.

I am convinced that such an exercise, at club level, could create a new vision or certainty for some of the young people involved, as far as identifying their vocation and their path in life.

In this way we can contribute to helping those who out of lack of awareness or misguidance from others could make a choice which they would come to regret over the years.

This is our chance and their to prepare the future of people dedicated to their chosen professions, in fields in which they would excel, ensuring a successful future, both for them and for the families they would form.

To stay true to the international theme launched by Rotary International President, Barry Basin – Be the Inspiration – let’s be the inspiration for this new generation in our future activities this new year, by enabling each young person from our organization discover their natural calling.

We can do it! Because we’ve proven that we can be inspirational models! And especially because we have people to do it for and a reason to do it!

Wishing you great success in your future endeavors, I thank you for your dedication and support, dear friends!

Much obliged and with great appreciation, yours sincerely,

Cristian V. Jurji
Governor 2018-2019
District 2241 România and the Republic of Moldova

DECEMBER 2018

Dear friends,

I'm glad to find you in the fever of preparations for the last end-of-year actions. I find some of you quantifying the achievements you have obtained, others still preparing the annual balls, memorable events from which you provide the resources and funds needed to carry out your projects.

As we know, at the district level, for the most part, these projects highlight the implication in the healthcare area, which has enough deficiencies in every community where we operate, and there is an acute need for help. That is why December can be a good opportunity to get involved in this area of interest, especially as it coincides with the theme found in the monthly calendar of our organization, known as the "Disease Prevention and Treatment Month".

I am proud of the fact that we are able to accomplish such important projects and I congratulate all those involved in these actions / initiatives! I begin by congratulating the leaders of each club, but also all the others, dear friends, who make it possible to make the world a bit better for those around us by your membership in this organization. I was equally proud and honoured at the last district action, where the representatives of D 2241 Romania and Republic of Moldova responded to the events dedicated to celebrating the Centenary of the Great Union in Alba Iulia between 29 November - 1 December 2018 .

Along with the over 500 participants we experienced moments of great emotion, hard to describe in words, participating in the events organized successfully by our Rotarian colleagues of the host clubs in Alba Iulia. There have been full days with Rotarians from all historical areas, who through their presence proved that, regardless of the ethnicity we belong to, we are Romanian by birth, reunited under the umbrella of a large organization that promotes a set of values with which we make the difference in society.

For those who have not been present there, many of these moments could be found on social media channels by means of the posts and comments made by the participants. With the help of these materials, the resulted idea was that it was a successful district event and that those who participated had the opportunity to live these high-emotional states. Moreover, they had the chance to enjoy the friendship shown by each Rotarian, regardless of his or her area of origin.

It was a perfect opportunity to see a colourful and diverse picture, certifying once again the diversity of our organization. To mark and keep this moment in collective memory, we seriously think about making an album, to be distributed at Timişoara District Conference, held on June 13-17. We are expecting you with great pleasure to this district event in the city that will be European Capital of Culture in two years.

To inform those who have not managed to be physically close to us, I want to share some actions that marked this event.

From the very first evening we enjoyed a suite of special events: a painting exhibition on the theme of the Union, by our colleague, Rodica Pungea; launching a book on the same topic under the signature of the colleague Sergiu Botezatu from Chişinău – Republic of Moldova and a short but explicit exhibition of historical buildings that marked the moment of the historic act of 1918. We ended the evening with an artistic exceptional concert, offered by a number of outstanding violinists and pianists, among which we found our colleague Vasilica Stoiciu-Frunza at the piano, accompanied by the tenor Eusebiu Hutan, the professor Alex Sandulescu and his two teenagers of and, last but not least, by an exciting moment offered by RotaKids Alba Iulia team.

In the first part of the second day, we enjoyed interesting, unprecedented and even unknown new interventions of a plethora of good speakers – the action being hosted by our colleague Attila Tamas - from which we want to specify the interventions of our illustrious colleague, the cosmonaut Dumitru Prunariu, Alexandru Mironov, Dorin Herlea, Zsolt Vasile Grigoruţ, proff. dr. Bolea Nicolae, and so on.

In the afternoon, arranged on four rows, wearing the three colours flags and placards with the insignia of the district and clubs in the cities of origin, we marched singing along the main boulevard of the city to the place where we unveiled the street clock, built by Alba Iulia club members, on its dial being the Rotary logo. This watch was donated to the municipality, is automatically adjusted via satellite, and is placed on a stylized stand, such as the one used by the Union photographer Samoiă Mârza. A trip to the Citadel followed, where we participated in a flash mob and finally, in the presence of a delegation of French Rotarians, we went to unveil the bust statue of Emmanuel de Martonne, the French geographer who traced the borders of Great Romania.

The Union Ball followed, a special event, enjoyed with great pleasure and delight on the remarkable rhythms of Mirel Manea Band. The ball had a charitable purpose, namely the gathering of funds to provide the Alba museum with a full collection of Romanian traditional costumes.

On the morning of 1 December “greeted” us with a frost of -14 degrees, which we defied and in on organized group, singing, we entered through the Gate of the Citadel, to the Union Hall, where we watched the reading of the “Resolution of the National Assembly from Alba Iulia” and we relived the moment of “receiving the messengers of the Chair Citadels”.

The climax of the day was marked by the planting of “The Rotary Oak - Centenary Oak of the Great Union”, on the base of which we put the “Time Capsule”. More than 880 messages and thoughts have been put in this capsule, addressed to our great-great-grandchildren, those who, we believe, will read them over 100 years.

I consider myself a privileged governor because I had the chance to have my mandate during the centenary, which gave me the opportunity to mark the event, on behalf of all 3587 Rotarians souls of District 2241.

Whether you participated or not at the event, any of you, I The Rotary Oak - Centenary Oak of the Great Union”,. Because yes, it is your oak, of all Rotarians who think and live in the spirit and values that unite us in this organization.

At the moment when I planted it, I mentally brought you together with me, considering you to be part of this event.

Therefore, be proud of you for everything you have done so far and for what you will do in the future!

Enjoy this end of the year, with your families and enjoy the New Year to come, that should bring you only what you lack, nothing more!

Happy winter holidays, dear friends!

With appreciation, I embrace you

Cristian V. Jurji
Governor 2018-2019
District 2241 România and the Republic of Moldova

NOVEMBER 2018

Dear friends,

We have already in November, which in the calendar of the organization is known as the "month of the Foundation".

As we all know, the Rotary Foundation was founded in 1917 at the initiative of the Rotarian Arch C. Klumph, who soon became the Rotary International President. The first donation made to this foundation was $ 26.50, an amount that was the launching fund of the foundation, thought to be used to “do good in the world.” Over time, it has become the main fund that supports projects developed by clubs around the world, projects from areas of our organization worth more than $ 3 billion.

Our district has marked this moment in the Rotary International calendar at the beginning of this month, when the "Foundation Seminar" was organized, and in this event the Foundation's programs were reiterated, but we prioritized a theme of great interest and real importance in the clubs' activity, namely the Global Grants.

Because whatever Rotary means for Rotarians, for the world around us, the organization will be recognized for the projects it carries out for the benefit of the communities we live in.

As we have seen over time, these projects require funding, either from the business that is less sensitive and generous in supporting them, or from the sponsorships of Rotarians, which are not the best solution for their achievement. Now, however, we have this working tool that will make it possible for every dollar we grant to gain multiplier sizes, making it possible to make $ 1000 out of $ 100! Provided that a Global Grant is initiated ...

Therefore, the entire meeting focused on this topic, the creation of Global Grants, considered to be the most important tool for achieving sustainable and high impact projects in our communities, multi-year projects with a high degree of sustainability.

Although announced shortly only 10 days before the start of the event, the seminar was widely attended by participants from 87 clubs in D 2241. I also thank the Club Presidents and AG for the awareness of the need to send a club representative at such an event, dedicated to Global Grants.

As a meeting place and host of this seminar, a club in the middle of the country was chosen, namely Miercurea Ciuc, a young club with a Rotarian experience of only 4 months, whose members received us with great pleasure, happy for the trust and support given to the first steps taken for future Rotary actions.

We had the chance to strengthen our working team, with high-value speakers on the themes concerning the Foundation's programs and the achievement of a Global Grant.

We enjoyed the presence and expertise of the Chair of the District Foundation, PDG, Daniel Condurache, PDG Maria Martha Mocanu, PDG Emilian Sopoianu, GG District Chair, Călin Lazăr, together with the GG District Co-Chair, Mariana Faur.

I thought of a program with less theory and morepractice, with a special emphasis on the practical part, based on step-by-step examples presentation. Consideration was given to the drafting of a Global Grant, starting from the exercise of the project theme selection and the right inclusion, in one of the Foundation's six areas of action, putting it on the page, setting up the budget, identifying foreign partners, local partners, along with a good counselling on the steps to be taken that will lead to a favourable evaluation of the decision-making committee of the RI-Evenston central unit, and afterwards the implementation of the project, its follow-up with the related control loops and last but not least the final considerations of this project.

In order to be clearer in the presentations, three projects, carried out by our district colleagues, were described as examples of good practice for other clubs that want to initiate a new Global Grant.

Obviously, in the structure of the whole seminar was also provided the socialization side, so, together with the Assistant Area Governor, Attila Z. Jeszenszky and the host club we prepared a program in which we had the opportunity to visit the Seckler Museum of Ciuc, an edifice what is worth seeing if your roads are going through this area. Here we have a professional guide, namely, one of the members of the new club in Miercurea Ciuc, who also holds the position of the Director of the Museum.

Next, a visit to one of the most appreciated and recognized private beer brands in Miercurea Ciuc was programmed, where we made a factory tour followed by a "no limit" tasting of a wide range of products sold under this brand, and last but not least, a memorable lunch, arranged outdoors, inside the factory premises, under the careful observation and care of the director of this factory, a distinguished and agreeable former basketball player of the national team of Romania.

Returned to the conference room, we had two presentations, focusing on identifying external partners in the Global Grants, where it was reiterated that the initiation of a global grant starts from a relationship between people when a member of a club in Romania, knows a member of a club in another country / district. As a result of the friendship that is formed and the discussions about the possibility of initiating a Global Grants, the person in the foreign club, based on the trust relationship built by the Romanian party, will propose this intention to the club and recommend it. From here on, everything is a story, there are steps to be made for bilateral club visits, where members are better known, and on this occasion the fine financial adjustments are made, country by country, district with district, using multiplication formulas of amounts pledged on each side.

And so, from this game, a project with a minimum value of $ 30,000 and a maximum of $ 200,000 can be generated.

And for this “vehicle” to have a name, we will find it under the name of “Inter-Country Committees", ICC, where D 2241 is on top, ranking second in Europe with 28 Inter-Country Committees.

Therefore, dear friends, do not hesitate to have one or two representatives from each club on D 2241 page, where you will also find the district's officers, for each specific ICC.

We closed the seminar by granting the MOU, the certificate attesting the Club's right to join a Global Grant, to the clubs participating in this training seminar. A pleasant evening meal followed where we were surprised by our hosts, with the presentation of a beautiful folklore dance and music show, which enchanted our ears with the specific Seckler music and “feasted” our eyes with the beautiful traditional costumes in this area. We parted with the promise of initiating a Global Grant as soon as possible.

So, those who could not attend, get ready for the next seminar to be held in February next year.

Until then, best regards and efficiency for the projects!

With respect,

Cristian V. Jurji
Governor 2018-2019
District 2241 România and the Republic of Moldova

OCTOBER 2018

My dear Rotarian friends,

I am glad to find you again in your clubs, ready to contribute to the club projects, either common or local ones.

Upon the D 2241 visits, I was pleased to note that the teams of the new club leaders are inspired and involved in the implementation of the proposed projects to be carried out during this rotation mandate.

Taking the pulse of the organization, I can assure you that it is a good, lively, vibrant and proactive one, which makes me proud of each of you and thank you!

In the monthly calendar of our organization, the theme for October is the implementation of projects that have an impact on the support and development of the local economy, "Economic and Community Development Month". A good opportunity to dedicate a few lines to a really interesting theme for our organization and our clubs.

We are defined and known as representatives of the professional elite, each in its field of activity, recognized by both the guild we are part of and the community in which we operate.

Of course, many of us find ourselves in the entrepreneurial area, in relation to colleagues in the academic area or civil servants from various sectors or institutions of the state where we assume an important role in local and national economic activity and development

With some astonishment and perplexity, however, I find that we slowly forget a thing or we keep it from saying: besides the good deeds that we do, transposed into projects where we are involved with body and soul, with our time and expertise, we also bring money from home, money that has to be produced somewhere.

For some time, voices are heard, on a more and more loud tone, claiming that Rotary members cannot and should not do business together! Totally erroneous!

If we, as entrepreneurs - businessmen - are the ones who can add and really add value to the economy and community development, are not doing well and we are worried about our own needs, how could we have the state and the ability to address other needs from communities or groups of people affected by problems that the institutions of the state and its representatives cannot solve at the moment? We can and must do business together as long as we have honest, fair and attractive offers, as recommended in the Rotary Code of Conduct:

"I personally conduct my personal, business and professional activities, encouraging and promoting high ethical standards as an example for others;

I am fair in all my relationships with others and treat them with due respect;

I do not ask Rotarian colleagues for privileges or benefits other than those granted to others, normally in business or professional relationships. "

From this idea, the founding fathers of this organization started as well, when Paul Harris, from the desire to create a homogeneous group of businessmen around him, set up a club within which a close friendship and good relationship developed, with the members working together as business partners.

Over time, they have realized that from the perspective of the privileged people of the moment they can engage in certain needs of the community in which they live, managing to put into their work agenda and community themes on which they have begun to address to and get involved more and more, so that not long after, the main concern of the organization will get humanitarian values and dimensions.

Thus, let us be open to this opportunity offered by the founding fathers of this organization, businessmen, in their turn.

It would be a good idea to know what is the activity of our Rotarian colleague in Iaşi, what goods are produced by our colleague in Alexandria, what offers may be provided by our colleagues from Satu Mare, Bacau, Cluj or Harghita. We need to make known our everyday concerns and, to the extent of our interest, to work together.

It all depends on us and what we think we are missing at this moment would be the COMMUNICATION on this issue.

Upon a good and open communication, we will succeed to develop and accelerate our business, which will also be reflected in local economic development, one of the action directions of our organization, where the products and services we offer can be purchased from the local community of Rotarian members or where we can support small local entrepreneurs by purchasing their products and services, ranging from agro-food products to computers or other goods needed for everyday life.

In the calendar of actions of this mandate, we intend to revive the business relations between the Rotarians, so that in March 2019 we will organize the Forum of Rotarian Businessmen (FOAR) - a special event, different from the Vocational one - where all those who want to promote EXPLICITLY their activity, including the with presentation of products, services and business offers, will be invited.

There will also be a Job Fair where members of the Rotaract Clubs will be invited to get acquainted with present or future job offers that their colleagues could bring form the companies co-ordinated or owned by Rotarian members.

As a conclusion to this theme, I urge your dear friends to dare to know and to promote your daily activities better, to interfere with each other, to offer your services and products, without any reserves, to the entire Rotarian community of D 2241 and not only. Because, I repeat, only if we are doing well we will be able to spread further the good deeds!

At the end of this letter, I would like to remind you all that on 24 October we celebrate, as every year, the World Polio Day, the day of the locomotive project of our organization, in which we dare to assume the solution of a global problem – a wordl without Poliomyelitis. An assumption that we must be very proud of because the latest statistical data shows that there are only two endemic countries left in which, on 25 September, only 18 cases of polio were announced, 4 in Pakistan and 14 in Afghanistan. Thousands of clubs around the world have planned a series of events dedicated to this day to raise awareness of our organization's actions that we must be proud of, each and every Rotarian from D2241, because each of us has been involved in this process both by donations to the Rotary Foundation and by our presence in vaccination areas.

I invite you, therefore, my Rotarians, club presidents, schedule in the clubs an event dedicated to this theme of great importance for our organization, marking accordingly the Global Day dedicated to the fight for the eradication of poliomyelitis around the world!

With friendship, I embrace you

Cristian V. Jurji
Governor 2018-2019
District 2241 România and the Republic of Moldova

SEPTEMBER 2018

Dear Rotarian friends,

Welcome back from your summer holiday, dear friends!

I would be happy to learn you have enjoyed a summer of pleasant moments with family and friends, moments that become cherished memories!

Now we are ready to come back to our daily activities dedicated to our families, but also in the interest of improving the lives of others, who face various needs, occasionally existential ones.

With September and the start of the school year, most of the projects initiated focus on education.

September 8th is celebrated all over the world as World Literacy Day, bringing together governments, multinational organizations, NGOs, the private sector, communities, teachers, students and experts in the field. We, too, are among them, as September is dedicated to Basic Education and Literacy Month in the Rotary International calendar.

Basic Education and Literacy has been a subject of interest and concern for the Rotary organization since the ‘30s, when doctor Ray Lyman Willbur, in his capacity as state secretary, asked Rotary organizations to stand with other organizations in an effort to eradicated illiteracy in the United States.

The Rotary Clubs of the United States began literacy classed for the adults in their communities, recognizing the importance of general education, including school students as well.

They managed to raise a loan fund destined mainly to education, to support young people in graduating high-school and for projects dedicated to setting up schools in vulnerable areas, providing teaching programs and materials.

Encouraged by the success of its initiatives, the organization launched and supported new educational programs dedicated to reducing illiteracy, promoting education in general, by providing financial support to clubs and districts, in the form of grants which enabled project implementation on a larger scale. Unexpectedly, a first subsidy included an education and humanitarian aspect. The Rotary Club of Jerusalem initiated and supported a project to provide Braille materials, for the visually-impaired Arab speakers in Jordan.

Throughout the 1970s, education and literacy continued to be a popular area of interest for Rotary clubs worldwide, implementing projects and providing services to that end.

The Rotary organization found literacy to be essential to reducing poverty, improving health, encouraging community and economic development and promoting peace.

As of 2002, the organization provided resources and know-how for the advancement of literacy in communities around the world, by providing books and teaching materials, building and supporting new schools, mentoring students, training teachers as well as developing literacy programs for children and adults.

The strong support for literacy and educational initiatives expanded as the organization launched the new grant program in 2013, when literacy and education came to be featured as one of the Rotary Foundation’s six areas of focus.

Today, the projects funded by the foundation meet new requirements, among them being the involvement of the local community, focusing on projects with a sustainable impact, and so just in 2014-2015, it funded 133 grants in the field of education and literacy, amounting to a total value of 8 million dollars.

We are aware of our role in the community, capable of changing the lives and destinies of millions of children worldwide.

We take pride in having succeeded to support thousands of projects to improve education and basic literacy, supporting this fundamental human right to education, freedom and self-respect. Today, we can look to the future in faith and focus on how we will approach new current challenges, looking for innovative solutions to increase the impact of education in Romania and throughout the world.

As in previous years, most of the projects we will focus on low income families, who lack the financial means to ensure that their children have all that is necessary for the start of a new school year. We will support initiatives that provide a backpack with all that is required for a school year, clothes, a scholarship to cover transportation costs and accommodation.

We are aware this cannot be a permanent solution to the general state of education Romania is faced with nowadays.

The subject of education is a problem which can only be solved by a national strategy based on governmental strategies and policies, one that, in our capacity, we would contribute to one of its diverse directions.

The District 2241 could identify and single out one particular need – of this general topic, Education, with its many ramifications – which our organization would tackle as a main course of action until it is successfully resolved.

We expect your proposals, which we will gather from throughout the District 2241, to also include measures to approach this sensitive issue of the educational system in Romania.

I recommend that during one of our upcoming meetings you add this aspect to the agenda, debate and reach a conclusion which the club can present as a suggested solution.

While a national strategy is in progress, all we can do is follow the trail of over 25 years of Rotarian activity and involvement, to which we can add specific activities on this topic, such as supporting mentoring and personal development in schools and high-schools, awarding scholarships to gifted students, able to bring value added over the years. We should also focus on activities which aim to train teachers to educate the new generation.

Until our next meeting, I wish you a successful new beginning and may you accomplish all that you envision!

Cordially yours,

Cristian V. Jurji
Governor 2018-2019
District 2241 România and the Republic of Moldova

AUGUST 2018

The fundamental elements which define a Rotary club are its members and the friendship that binds them. We are an organization of members because we joined the club after understanding that together we can do much more and have a greater impact.

If we want to grow and to achieve our objectives in a peaceful and agreeable manner, we must take care of our members and protect the club from certain dangers which could be detrimental and would hinder its activity.

Rotary Clubs have earned their respect in society as being trustworthy, engaged and honest, qualities which cannot be overlooked. In this spirit, which governs our Rotary Clubs, I ask, dear friends, that you very carefully consider the proposals for new members in your clubs.

You are a Rotarian and you behave accordingly, both at club meetings, as well as in society, at the workplace, among friends, anywhere throughout the country and abroad, from the very moment you receive the pin and throughout your membership, the values and principles of Rotary complete and strengthen our character. Each of us is the image of this organization, being valued and judged for our behavior. The image and trust earned over time must be cherished, carefully kept and maintained. It is our main asset in engaging our community.

For this reason, bringing in an inadequate person can have insurmountable consequences within the club, by troubling its good spirit, which in turn could lead to the division of the club, but also in the community by diminishing the trust placed in our organization.

As of September, clubs begin to welcome aspiring members who want to volunteer, aspiring members who resonate with the values our organization promotes.

However, it’s not uncommon that the people proposed for membership do not meet the requirements and values of Rotary. In time we realize that proposing that person to join the organization was not the most fortunate decision.

For some people, the Rotary membership is just and opportunity or a means to achieving objectives outside of Rotary’s scope. There are cases when out of friendship and respect for the fellow Rotarian making the proposal we overlook the requirements, leading to a series of difficulties over time, such as questionable moral values, honesty and lack of personal involvement in club activities.

Yes, we do need an active and vibrant club, renewed creative energy, able to create a strong and united group of friends at its core, but its value cannot be determined by the large number of members if this is detrimental to quality and participation.

Therefore, dear friends, I would be happy to know your future decisions have taken into account the aforementioned risks and…

Be inspired in your choices!

Also, remember!

To be a reliable and appealing organization for all those interested in serving the community, we must use every opportunity to present ourselves and our mission, using all the instruments and means of communication at our disposal.

Cordially yours,

Cristian V. Jurji
Governor 2018-2019
District 2241 România and the Republic of Moldova

JULY 2018

Dear Rotarian friends,

Several days have passed since I had the honor of receiving the governorship for this new Rotarian year, a year during which I will have the privilege to serve as Governor of District 2241 Romania & the Republic of Moldova.

I congratulate PDG Milian Sopoian for the remarkable achievements during his mandate, acknowledged both within District 2241, as well as at international level, positioning our district among those of great importance.

I also want to thank you for the constant help and encouragement I received, which made it easier for me to take on the governorship.

It is a great honor and responsibility, I accept knowingly and assured of your support and trust, dear friends, who have expressed your willingness to join me in forming a strong and united team, ready to continue the work of our predecessors, but also to face the new challenges of the years to come. I would be deeply obliged to see that in the future I can count on each of you, as part of the great team, playing an important role this new year – a year in which we should make a difference!

And, yes, we can make a difference!

I say this for several reasons of which I will only highlight two. The first, the international one, stems from this year’s theme chosen by RI president Barry Rassin – Be the Inspiration, and the other, the national context considering the importance of a grand moment for our nation, 1 December 2018, a date which marks Romania’s Great Union Centennial. For over 13 years I have been connected to and a part of the Rotarian movement in our country, alongside many of you who have served the organization for double my years. And I believe we all agree, looking back, that we can say, without hesitation, that we have reasons to be proud of what we have accomplished until now! The projects implemented for the good of the community have touched multiple areas of action specific to our organization, we have been successfully involved in fields such as education, health, supporting the new generation, local development, water and sanitation and last but not least promoting peace and goodwill, actions which if we were to consider from a financial point of view would surpass a billion $!!!

Unfortunately for us, despite these actions and the variety of fields of involvement, we, as an organization, have difficulty standing out within the other 85.000 NGOs, associations and foundations in our country, which in turn, are involved in a wide range of projects on similar topics. This makes our task of convincing the public we can be a trustworthy partner, with a long and vast experience of involvement tackling community problems or to draw the interest of companies and the business community, who could join us in our endeavors to financially support the projects we implement. To overcome this handicap, in the spirit of this year’s theme, lauched by RI president, Barry Rassin, in my capacity as governor of District 2241, I invite each of you to be more daring. I believe it is time for us to build a plan, based on identifying one main strategic direction, which should set us apart, make us more trustworthy and acknowledged before those who could support our initiatives. Let’s make a difference with regards to other similar bodies, without abandoning the ongoing projects of directions of our organization. After over 25 years of Rotarian activity, based on the human resources of our organization, the professional elite of this nation, we can claim that our organization has reached the level of maturity needed to be able to identify and single out of the multitude of issued in our society, a theme, a need of real interest with which Romania is confronted nowadays and a project that our organization can take on, coordinate and manage until its completion. Today, the District 2241, is faced with the same problem as RI in the ‘80s. Then, following careful consideration of its activities, the leaders at that time became aware that the identity of the organization was diluted as it tackled multiple actions, themes and projects, far from the capacity and potential of an international organization. The decision to choose a main theme as was “the eradication of polio” enabled Rotary to associate its brand to a project of real interest for humanity and it became the flagship project of the organization, brought visibility and recognition, positioning Rotary among the world’s top organizations. It is now time to repeat history! It is time we give our country a project of genuine interest, which should make a difference and highlight the role and purpose of our organization. Because, yes, District 2241 Romania and the Republic of Moldova has reached a level of maturity necessary to form an action plan. And the leaders of the District must make a decision to this end! Because we have mean and we have motives! No matter how long it will take to complete such a project, if necessary we will see it forward, as a burden, until it’s completed. And it will be our burden which we will carry all the way. And then, when someone asks: “Rotary? Who are they?” there will be no shrugging of shoulders, no confusion with the construction company or an organization of sorts. But the answer will be: “Rotary? Oh, Rotary are those who…”

THOSE...WHO WE DECIDE TO BE!

During my presentation of the objectives for the Rotary year 2018-2019, before the General Assembly of District 2241, at the Conference in Viseu de Sus, I proposed and subjected to a vote the need to identify a main strategic direction for our District for the upcoming years. The proposal was voted and validated by the General Assembly.

This will be the great challenge of our year!

As such, I am counting on you to help us identify this theme, because your opinion and your proposal is very important and it will be added to the list of proposals of the Nominating Committee charged with identifying a strategic direction for District 2241. The Committee, made up of Rotarians from District 2241, following serious and careful consideration will determine the most feasible course of action, setting the District’s strategic direction for the following years until its successful completion. We have a challenging and exciting year ahead of us and we need to step forward in such a way that by the end of it we shall be proud of having contributed to a plan through which our organization will achieve visibility, trust and acknowledgment, among the many similar organizations, an organization which is powerful and worthy of the support of various companies, ready to become involved in our projects. A few days from now, the Assistant Governors will contact the Club Presidents in order to establish a calendar for club visits and to set the upcoming events. My team and I have a month ahead of us during which we will set the events we intend to implement throughout the mandate, a series of administrative activities regarding the transfer of responsibilities between the two district institutions, Past District Governor and District Governor, as well as those directly connected with RI. We all know that Rotary does not stop for the holidays and I would be happy to know that in each club there is a handful of members who will remain engaged and will maintain the Rotary spirit through informal weekly meetings, as others take turns to enjoy the holidays. In closing, on behlf of myself and the district team, we thank you for your activity and participation so far, we wish you a well-deserved holiday from which we hope you will return eager for a new beginning. Until our next meeting, in the spirit of this year’s Rotary theme, I invite you to become more self-aware, to discover that you can achieve more, to become an inspiration for those around you and last but not least to be inspired in identifying the holiday destination and friends you wish to share it with.

With friendship,

Cristian V. Jurji
Governor 2019-2019
District 2241 România and the Republic of Moldova

JUNE 2018

Dear Rotarian friends,

June is both a time for evaluation, but also a month to turn our attention to Rotary fellowship.  Rotarians from our district have the opportunity to attend a special event, dedicated to fellowship – the District Conference, which will take place 7-10 June in Viseu de Sus.

As our country celebrates a century since the Great Union, this is a good time to focus on our ancestral traditions and offer Rotarians and their families the opportunity to discover the unique cultural heritage of Maramures and to enjoy the display of traditional costumes specific to each region represented by the participants. The 7th of June is exclusively dedicated to networking and friendship.

The beauty of fellowship programs, the core of Rotary, is in the diversity of the participants and the connections built within our organization. The district team has prepared a series of social activities for the participants:
• A visit through historical Maramureş: the Merry Cemetery in Săpânţa, Săpânţa Peri Monastery, the Memorial of the Victims of Communism and of the Resistance, the Elie Wiesel Museum,  Bârsana Monastery – the largest wooden architecture complex.  
• A trip on the Mocăniţa steam train through Vaser Valley;
• Traditional food and the local spirit of Maramureş with entertainment provided by local artists such as: Maria Casandra Hausi and folk singer Nicolae Pitiş, UNESCO living heritage, folk group ”Casa Iurca”, Iza group, as well as many other surprises.

Strengthening Rotary solidarity around the idea of tradition, our district will step into the new Rotary year ready to face any challenges which may arise. The fellowship programs create a context for members to stay active, supporting their interests and inspiring the development of new initiatives.

The year in which I had the honor of serving in Rotary as Governor of District 2241 Romania and the Republic of Moldova has been a year in which I have personally learned very much. Now I know much more about the clubs in our district, the issues they face and most importantly, I have seen the results of the positive impact Rotary brings to the community.

Thank you for proving so open. I want to thank you for allowing the Rotarian spirit to guide your thoughts and actions. I am grateful to each member for contributing, in their own way, to promoting Rotary values in our society. I am gifted with beautiful memories and friends who have influenced for the better my mandate as a governor.

A Rotarian’s job is never done. The service we each bring humanity lives on just as folklore.
I will stand by Cristian Jurji, Governor in 2018-2019 and I assure him of all my support and I take this opportunity to wish great success and stamina.
I want to thank you once again for this memorable year, an experience familiar to each governor.

With friendship,

Milian Sopoian
Governor 2017-2018
District 2241 România and the Republic of Moldova

MAY 2018

Dear Rotarian friends,

The month of May is dedicated to young people. Rotary International has named it “Youth Service Month”. It is therefore time to reaffirm the support District 2241 offers to this segment of the population. As Rotarians, part of our efforts has gone towards preparing future generations. For them, we have developed programs and projects tailored to their needs.

We all know that young people are the future of our organization. Personally, I wish to see Rotary continue its activity and thrive, which is why we have a moral duty to continue implementing programs destined for young people. We will be able to offer real support and to maintain a favorable environment for the development of inter-generational ties. My vision is that a greater number of young people will come into contact with the values of Rotary and the ideal of “service above self” will become rooted in the collective mindset.

In all honesty we have reasons to be proud. RI President, Ian Riseley references as an example of best practices Global Model United Nations, a Rotaract project initiated by Rotaract TEAM Baia Mare, which continues to bring together young professionals who aim to contribute to promoting peace around the world. We should all draw on the energy of young people. The enthusiasm of this generation, the honest desire to contribute voluntarily and the promptness with which they reach are qualities I admire daily as I meet representatives of Interact and Rotaract clubs from our district.

I would like to see our club programs and projects complement the educational system proposal and to develop the self-trust and communication and leadership competences of the young generation, which they will certainly require in their future careers.

And since we are referring to the future, I want to remind presidents-elect to update the objectives they have set for their mandate in Rotary Club Central. Its is essential that the 2018-2019 Rotarian year be thoroughly planned in order to ensure the success of our initiatives.

The Rotaract District Conference will take place 18-20 May, in Chișinău and over 250 young people will attend. I take this opportunity to congratulate Medeea Petrovan DRR 2017-2018 for the extraordinary commitment and involvement this year. The second edition of Rotary GenerationShip will take place 25-28 May in Drobeta Turnu Severin.

I would also like to remind you that the District 2241 Rotary Conference will take place 7-10 June in Vişeu de Sus. It will be an opportunity to meet, work and relax in the spirit of the Rotary family. I look forward to seeing you.

With friendship,

Milian Sopoian
Governor 2017-2018
District 2241 România and the Republic of Moldova

APRIL 2018

Dear Rotarian friends,
In April, Rotary focuses on maternal and child health. Sadly, even nowadays, approximately 800 women die daily as a result of complications during pregnancy or while giving birth. What is unfortunate is that most of these deaths (approximately 80% according to certain estimates) could be prevented.

Rotary International has decided to become actively involved in achieving the 5th Millennium Development Goal: “Improving maternal health”. I believe this is a good opportunity to talk to you about our activity in this field. The Rotarian Action Group for Population and Development (RFPD) has joined forces with the International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics (FIGO) and based on a cooperation protocol, carries out joint efforts aiming to sustainably reduce infant mortality and that of women during childbirth. I encourage you to follow the activity of these two organizations on www.rifod.org and www.figo.org.

As you read, you will see how their activity contributes to reducing incidents related to childbirth mortality. You will come across maternal education programs and activities promoting health practices. Because if mothers are healthy and have opportunities, this increases the stability of the family.

Personally, I am delighted to see how, through this program, its partnerships and thanks to the involvement of wonderful people of our organization, Rotary succeeds in achieving so much. Take a moment to reflect on how our clubs can foster change in maternal and infant health in Romania. Once you identify specific opportunities of service, take action! Encourage your family, friends and neighbors to join Rotarians in an effort to create a better world.

With friendship,

Milian Sopoian
Governor 2017-2018
District 2241 România and the Republic of Moldova

MARCH 2018

Dear Rotarian friends,
March has arrived and with it the last signs of winter. I hope everyone has passed this time well andthat soon we will enjoy spring. The turning of the seasons reminds us that there are four months left of this Rotarian year, enough to fulfill our list of achievements for a successful year. Our district is strong, united, due to each and every Rotarian.

March is “Water and sanitation month”. Clean, drinking water is a fundamental human need. When people, children in particular, have this need met, they live healthier and overall better lives. Nevertheless there are entire communities which lack access to water, a fundamental need for survival. Unfortunately, at least 3000 children die every day due to water related diseases. Statistics released during last year’s Global Summit on Water held in Sydney show that approximately 2.5 billion people lack sanitation facilities and over 743 million lack access to drinking water.

Rotary projects in general tackle water related issues, but we shouldn’t forget about sanitation facilities which complete our effort to make a difference. For example, more than 100 years ago one of the first Rotary projects was to install a public toilet.

Currently, District 2241 is implementing the project “Water and sanitation education” aiming to inform, raise awareness and educate the younger generation on the responsible consumption ofwater and to ensure personal and public health through hygiene. This project is one of the main instruments with which Rotarians from Romania and the Republic of Moldova can produce significant, long term impact in local communities.

I would like to draw your attention to another aspect. This March we celebrate 50 years since the first Rotaract club was chartered. In his presidential address, Ian Riseley emphasized the role of Rotaract as Rotary partners in service and the need to include Rotaract ideas and enthusiasm into our activities: “Their energy and vision bring something remarkable to our Rotary family and our communities, which I deeply appreciate.”

Our District activity continues with two major events scheduled to take place this month:

1. PETS 2018, 16-18 March, Sibiu, where presidents elect and the district team will attend training workshops
2. District Training Assembly (DISTAS) for secretaries and treasurers elect. This event will takeplace 23-24 March in Cluj-Napoca.

I encourage you to register and actively participate at both events in order to further strengthen the bonds among the Rotary family. In order to deliver value we must first invest in our own development and knowledge.

To celebrate 8 March I wish all our colleagues in Rotary many accomplishments, joy and happiness. May we all have a wonderful spring!

With friendship,

Milian Sopoian
Governor 2017-2018
District 2241 România and the Republic of Moldova

FEBRUARY 2018

Dear Rotarian friends,
February is a very important month for Rotary as we celebrate the month when our organization was established. On February 23rd, we will celebrate 113 years of Rotarian service and I invite you all to mark this special occasion in your clubs and in your communities.
February is „Peace and conflict prevention and resolution”. Millions of people all over the world are currently living as refugees fleeing armed conflicts and persecution. 90% of victims are civilians and approximately half of these are children. As usual, Rotary does not remain impassive to such an important humanitarian concern. Projects addressing poverty, inequality, ethnic tensions, lack of education and the unequal distribution of resources are a statement to that end.
Rotary refuses to accept conflict as a way of life, therefore I ask our district, our clubs, each and every one of you to focus on finding new ways to contribute to “making a difference” for a peaceful world for all.
I cannot help but notice the extraordinary projects Rotarians have implemented in different fields such as:

  1. Increasing the quality of life. The members of Rotary have created the Foundation People for People which helped 10,000 families afford food, clothing, rent, utilities, medicine and other necessities.
  2. Increasing awareness about bullying. The Rotaract clubs of Filipine carry out anti-bullying campaigns in schools to teach children how to handle conflicts in a peaceful manner from a young age
  3. Protection provided to domestic violence victims and their families . The State of Louisiana has the fourth highest incidence of deaths as a result of domestic violence. The members of local Rotary clubs have addressed the issue by helping a shelter provide food, clothing and counselling to over 500 women each year.
  4. Developing diplomacy skills of young leaders. A project initiated by the club Rotaract TEAM Baia Mare, during which the activities of the UN are replicated give young people the opportunity to interact and work together for peace. This year the event will take place in New Delhi, India, between 20-22 April.

According to Paul Harris: “The most virtuous War is the War against War”.

I close this letter hoping that you have had a happy and productive start of the year. I want to thank the District Committee members for the meeting held in Suior as well as to all of you for the commitment and support you’ve shown me. Thank you for helping the District 2241 remain active and engaged in Rotarian activities. Now, let’s continue “making a difference” and enjoying a wonderful Rotary year!

With friendship,

Milian Sopoian
Governor 2017-2018
District 2241 România and the Republic of Moldova

JANUARY 2018

Dear Rotarian friends,
Paul Harris said „regardless what Rotary means to us, to the world it will be known by the impact of our projects””. A new year brings a new opportunity, a new start, January is a good time to reflect and plan for the future. There are 6 more months of this Rotarian year to complete our humanitarian projects.

This year I encourage you to remember the importance of vocational service. Given Rotary’s six areas of focus, Rotary International highlights the importance of service by dedicating it two months of the year. Vocational service month gives us the opportunity to reaffirm our personal commitment to the Rotary Code of Conduct. One of the main objectives of vocational service is promoting and setting high ethical standards in our work. „The 4 way test” which I mentioned in December’s monthly letter helps us reach these standards. This test is built on human relationships.

In reference to human relationships, at this time, most clubs have had or are holding elections for next year’s leadership. In the meantime, as their mandate approaches, I encourage you to offer your support to the incoming leaders of Rotary. Let’s all dedicate our vocational service to planning the year, let’s volunteer to take on tasks and even complex projects.

Let’s assure our colleagues that we will be part of their team and that they can count on our Rotarian friendship. Let’s take this opportunity to help our club and to further develop our skills. The competences we acquire in Rotary will also be useful to us in our personal and professional lives.
The impact each of us has as Rotarians, individually or at club level is multiplied by the number of RI members. When you provide food for the hungry, education for young people or fight child disease, the impact may seem insignificant, but it is not so. Through the power of our combined individual efforts we all contribute to Rotary Making a difference!

The upcoming major event in our district will be held in Suior Baia Mare, on 26-28 of January and will include:

  • The Meeting of the PDG, DGE, DGN Consulting Counsel
  • The Leadership Seminar
  • The Presentation of the 2018-2019 Presidential Theme
  • The District Committee
  • The Rotarian Sky Competition

I wish you all a Happy New Year! May you enjoy good health, happiness and may all your wishes come true!

Milian Sopoian
Governor 2017-2018
District 2241 România and the Republic of Moldova

DECEMBER 2017

Dear Rotarian friends,

For many of us, December is a time of reflection and evaluation. During this month, we look back on our activity, achievements and lessons learned throughout the year. I am addressing you today, encouraging you to reflect on your activity in Rotary and on the activity of your club. For this, we turn to the Four Way Test:

  • Is it the truth?
  • Is it fair to all?
  • Will it build goodwill and better friendships?
  • Will it be beneficial to all concerned?

This test reminds us of the values Rotary conveys to the community. In my opinion, one of the most important such values is volunteering – we are all involved as volunteers, selflessly engaged and motivated by a sincere desire to serve. Celebrating International Volunteer Day on the 5th of December is all the more reason to rejoice. I take this opportunity to wish you all determination and resilience in implementing many projects of great impact in your communities.
Human Rights Day is also celebrated in December - on the 10th of December. We all know Rotary is actively involved in promoting human rights for all the people of this planet. Perhaps for this reason Rotary International chose to celebrate “Disease Prevention and Treatment” month in December.
Our District has developed a series of projects in this field and I know each and every club also focuses on this topic. I hope you will be reminded of your role in promoting a healthy lifestyle in your family, as well as in your community.
On this topic, Rotary is dedicated to disease prevention and treatment. Of the 26 Rotarian Action Groups (RAGs), 15 focus on disease prevention and treatment. Here are some examples of their activity:

  • RAG for Alzheimer and Dementia helps Alzheimer patients and family members
  • Rotarians for family health and AIDS prevention; this group helps clubs and districts plan and implement projects that improve lifestyle and provide access to health education.
  • RAG for Diabetes is involved in projects that provide a firm commitment to diabetes education, detection and treatment, especially among the children of developing countries.

As the year comes to a close, I would like to express my gratitude towards the 49 clubs I have met so far. Thank you for your sincerity and your candidness!
I would also like to thank the organizing committees of each district project! District 2241 is today an active, efficient and engaged district due to their work.
I want to thank the colleagues of the District Committee and the Assistant Governors who have offered their support and have shown such commitment worthy of Rotary members.
As this is a month of celebration, I end this letter with a heartfelt wish: Merry Christmas and a New Year filled with joy, success and peace!

Milian Sopoian
Governor 2017-2018
District 2241 România and the Republic of Moldova

NOVEMBER 2017

Dear Rotarian friends,
 
November is dedicated to the Rotary Foundation. During this time we are encouraged to consider Rotary’s charity work and its vision to build a better world. In addition, this is a very special year, marking 100 years since the Rotary Foundation was established in 1917 by the sixth Rotary International president Arch. C. Klumph. Over the past 100 years, the amount of funds raised has grown from 26,50 dollars to over 3 billion dollars, which have been donated to life-changing projects, becoming one of the most important and prestigious foundations in the world.
 
As a result of the 100 years of activity, at this year’s edition of the conference organized bby the Association of Fundraising Professionals, the Rotary Foundation received the title of World’s Outstanding Foundation for its activity in 2016, thereby recognizing the impact of the Rotary Foundation. Its mission is to promote understanding, goodwill and peace in the world by advancing health care, supporting education and reducing poverty. The activity of the Foundation relies solely on the voluntary contributions of Rotary members and friends of the Foundation, who share the same vision.
 
Nevertheless, the „End Polio” program has had the greatest impact. Since it began in 1985 until today, there has been a 99.9% decrease in the number of new cases of polio. Rotary members have played a key role in reaching the goal of polio eradication.  Our efforts have not only lead to the disappearance of polio in 122 countries but have created a system of fighting other illnesses such as ebola.
 
In our District, the Rotary Foundation Seminar will take place 15-17 December, in Iasi. I encourage you to attend this event and I would like to see a representative of every Rotary Club participating.
Before closing this letter, I would like to highlight an event of international significance. Rotary Institute Carpathia, took place in Cluj-Napoca, and drew the participation of the RI president Ian Riseley. The event was an opportunity to celebrate successful projects, make new friendships, interact with people from different cultures and share ideas for the coming years. We have had the honor of having with us: HQ Evanston Dir.Laurie McCarthy, HQ Evaston Dir. Tom Thorfinnson, CDS Zurich Marco Nicosia, TRF Trustee Mario de Camaro, as well as two RI directors, the incoming director of Zone 19 Yinka Babalola, three past RI directors, zone coordinators, PDG, DGE, DGN and eleven DG of Zone 19-20B.
 
I would like to congratulate all the Rotarians from District 2241 who attended the event, the organizing team  and to thank them for their effort, commitment and dedication. I would especially like to thank RID Corneliu Dinca, who made it possible for this edition to be the first time the event has been held in Romania and Eastern Europe, PDG E/MGA Martha Maria Mocanu for her dedication and for an remarkably well-organized event, PDG Daniel Tănase for being the aide to the RI president, AG Dan Danci, Viorel Bunea, Aurel Damian, Claudiu Șugar for their support, DDR Medeea Petrovan, DIR Bianca Cărăușu and the Rotaract and Interact volunteers attending the event.
 
What we have accomplished is once again proof that, in the words of Ian Riseley: Together we can accomplish extraordinary goals through our service in Rotary. „Rotary:making a difference.”
 
With friendship,
 
Milian Sopoian
Governor 2017-2018
District 2241 România and the Republic of Moldova

OCTOBER 2017 - VOCATIONAL SERVICE MONTH

Our professional interests have been an essential topic for us since the very beginning of Rotary clubs. If we wonder why we are so preoccupied with this subject,  the first reasons that come to mind are the importance of our careers in our lives, as well as the fact that we serve Rotary through our vocations.
 
However, there is also a third reason – people may be feeling overwhelmed when choosing a career they especially enjoy and which will provide a sense of personal fulfillment and satisfaction. I want to highlight the importance of “personal fulfillment”, because this is what makes the difference. You can always tell when a person has chosen his profession well by the passion you see in their eyes and you understand how his occupation has become part of his life story.
 
What can we – each of us - do to find the perfect path in our careers? It’s simple. First begin by looking at our experiences, find the activities in which we feel a sense of satisfaction, ask why and most importantly be hones when you give your answer. Our lives change when we begin to be honest with ourselves, when we begin doing what we love, when we don’t pursue an outcome, recognition or a trophy. And so, day by day, those who are committed to their vocation come to accomplish great things because they love what they are doing and will take pleasure and be enthusiastic about investing resources in doing what they love.
 
Vocational service is one of Rotary’s avenues of service. We know this and through our work each of us serves our community and is bound by truly high ethical standards. I would also like to remind you of a very important aspect: we have a double responsibility – we represent our vocation during club meetings and Rotary’s ideals in the community, both of which are topics discussed during the Vocational Forum in Braila.
 
Considering all I have experienced so far, my conclusion is simple and clear. If you have faith and you “follow your heart”, your dream will come true. For me, my dream was to serve through Rotary. Today I am living this dream.  
 
Milian Sopoian
Governor 2017-2018
District 2241 România and the Republic of Moldova

SEPTEMBER 2017

September is marked by the beginning of the school year. For many young people, this is when a “new year” starts. Rotary International considers this “New Generation Month”.
 
We all want to live in a balanced society and we are all responsible for finding that balance. This is why it is essential that we turn our attention to the coming generations. The young people of yesterday are the adults of today, just as many of the members of Rotaract have now become our colleagues in Rotary. Building a better future for young people means investing in them, creating opportunities and helping them take advantage of those opportunities, as well as creating the context for them to enjoy a better start in life than previous generations had.
 
Let’s also remember that leading by example is much stronger and much more important. A Rotarian can be an excellent mentor to a young person or to a group of young people. This is why I encourage the clubs in our district to support Interact and Rotaract, and where there are no such clubs, to create new youth organizations. Young people will have the chance to develop their leadership skills, to be actively involved in the life of the community, to better understand the world they live in and to build new, positive friendships.
 
From August 31st to September 3rd, the Interact Conference took place in Iasi. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the Rotary clubs who sponsored Interact members to attend this conference. Congratulations to the Rotarians and Rotaractors involved in organizing an exceptional event.
 
In September, Braila will host the Rotary Vocational Forum (September 14th – 15th). The Nicăpetre Cultural Center will be a place for networking and authentic dialogue between Rotarians and Rotaractors. I want to encourage you all to take advantage of this opportunity to connect and strengthen previous friendships.
 
In closing, in the words of Ian Riseley, Rotary International President (2017-2018), I would like to highlight that Interact and Rotaract are not only the future of Rotary – they are also the present and the future of our communities.
 
Your friend in Rotary, 
 
Milian Sopoian
Governor 2017-2018
District 2241 România and the Republic of Moldova

AUGUST 2017

What defines a Rotary Club?
 
Speaking of Rotary, we cannot help but think of the wonderful people at the core of this global movement. This month gives us the opportunity to reflect on being a member and become aware of the beauty of being a Rotarian.
 
Fellowship keeps us together. Integrity in all our endeavors defines us. Diversity characterizes us and serving the community is how we bring value to the lives of those around us.
Rotary is about creating new leaders. Each member is a leader, a club leader, a project leader, a committee leader, a leader in their profession and so on. I encourage you to promote membership diversity in your clubs and invite you to work together to improve recruitment and retention of members.
 
In 2017-2018, District 2241 has the following strategic objectives concerning membership:
1. Increasing club membership by at least 2 members
2. Developing new strategies for member retention.
 
I believe these are achievable objectives for each club in our district and that together we can contribute to the development of the Rotarian movement in Romania and the Republic of Moldova.
Each of us has a role in Rotary. Each club member has joined hoping to become part of something bigger. It is therefore all the more important that each person is given a chance to contribute to current club activities. For, a member who is engaged is a member motivated to do good for the club and for the community.
 
In closing, being „Rotary Membership Month”, I ask that together we all try to develop leaders in our clubs and that we bring on new members who can develop a sense of belonging to the Rotarian movement.
 
Your friend in Rotary, 
 
Milian Sopoian
Governor 2017-2018
District 2241 România and the Republic of Moldova

JULY 2017

Dear friends,
 
As a new Rotarian year begins, we need to continue the work of our members in District 2241 over the years, connecting service above self and the Rotary spirit to make a difference: from Rotary Serving Humanity to Rotary Making a Difference.
 
Congratulations to the 2016-2017 district team and to all Rotarians for the projects carried out throughout the year.
 
I believe friendship, respect, tolerance and understanding within a club and in the District are the foundation of our successful future endeavors. My personal goal this year will be to further develop and strengthen this foundation and I would like to invite you all to join me in accomplishing it.
 
Ian H.S. Riseley, 2017-2018 RI President, said: To me, Rotary is not about who we are, but what we can accomplish, through the potential of Rotary and the opportunities to make the most of this potential through relevant and sustainable service.
 
The GETS for Zones 19 and 20B, as well as the Rotary Institute Carpathia 2017, will take place in Cluj Napoca, between 31.10-05.11.2017, a grand event which is both an honor and challenge for us. We have the opportunity to demonstrate the extend to which Rotary has developed in the District 2241 Romania and the Republic of Moldova over the past years.
 
I am convinced that together, having the support of the district team, we will succeed in showing what it means to be a Rotarian in our communities.
 
With friendship, 
 
Milian Sopoian
Governor 2017-2018
District 2241 România and the Republic of Moldova

JUNE 2017

Dear friends,
 
June marks the beginning of the end of my mandate as Governor, a mandate you have entrusted by electing me for this honoring role. I hope I have honored by duty towards this wonderful organization which we have chosen to be a part of, as I hope each of you has benefitted from the work the 2016-2017 District team has done in the service of the clubs Romania nd the Republic of Moldova.
 
It has been a wonderful, interesting, challenging and moving year. On a personal level, it has been an amazing experience, which has enforced my belief that Rotary District 2241 is a strong organization, which supports local communities. Obviously we are not here to take on the nations biggest problems, but we are here to reach out and contribute to developing its most vulnerable fields. In my opinion, you have succeeded in sharing your vocation and your financial means in order to make a better place for students, the elderly, ailing children and adults, those in need and those who are especially gifted.
 
During my mandate as Governor, I have had the opportunity of meeting the clubs of District 2241 and I now have a better understanding of the shortcomings of our organization, but together with my colleagues, I am also able to suggest some solutions. We will do so during future meetings of the Rotary leadership teams.
 
I want to send each and everyone of you my gratitude for your support during the 2016-2017 mandate. As too my thoughts go out to Emilian Sopoian, future Governor of Rotary District 2241, whom I wish great success in all of his endeavors.
 
With friendship, 
 
Mircea Ștefan Solovăstru
Governor 2016-2017
Asociatia Rotary International District 2241 România and the Republica Moldova

MAY 2017

Dear friends,
 
I, personally, am especially happy with the theme for the month of May, and I believe many colleagues of District 2241 agree with me. “Youth Service Month” is Rotary International’s suggestion for the month of May, a theme that speaks to what we have succeeded in accomplishing over the last period in District 2241. The activities that have brought us closer to many young people from all structures of the organization, young people we included in club projects implemented in our two countries, but also in the decisions made for the future of our organization. I was pleased to see such a wealth of ideas, enthusiasm, ambition and a desire to succeed in our younger colleagues. If we want Rotary to be an forward-thinking organization, we have to pay attention to the young people coming forward. We are also abiding by the international regulations of welcoming new members from Rotaract or Interact among the seniors in our clubs. Beyond the different formalities the most important thing is to believe in the value of those we invite to join us, to offer our support and to share our experience with them.
 
We will share more on this topic, and many others, during the District Conference in Tulcea. In the wonderful setting of the Danube Delta we will have the opportunity to reflect on how to support our younger colleagues and on how we can become stronger, together. The Conference will take place during 11-14 of May, in Tulcea. http://conferintadistrictuala.ro
 
With friendship, 
 
Mircea Ștefan Solovăstru
Governor 2016-2017
Asociatia Rotary International District 2241 România and the Republica Moldova

APRIL 2017

Dear friends,
 
In April, Rotary International draws our attention to a topic which concerns us all, Rotarians of District 2241, at least if we want to have a healthy society, one we can rely on. Throughout this month, Rotary focuses on saving mothers and children, not just from a medical point of view, I might add. At least, I would like to think it is our duty as members of an organization that often places family first, to be an example in society and to make a difference. I can say from personal example, as the father of three wonderful children, that a healthy family life is essential to them becoming mature adults. At least that is what I wish for them: Ștefania, Cezar, Ecaterina.
 
There are times when, for whatever reasons, parents are not able to give their children their full attention. Parents who travel abroad to find employment leave their children behind, in dire circumstances, condemning them to an “unhealthy” childhood, coming back to this month’s theme. I won’t go into the reasons that bring about such situations, but I would like us to think about what we can do to have a positive impact on this generation.
 
There are also other examples, possible easier to tackle at local level, by Rotary clubs. Women abused by their violent husbands or even children, by people in their entourage who are quick to lash out, either verbally or physically. By working closely with social centers tackling this topic could be the beginning of a project, which if carried out, could have a positive impact on the long term and foster a healthy society.
 
I know it isn’t easy, I know it isn’t necessarily our duty, but these are issues worth considering, given how recent history has shown us how much we can achieve together by changing lives.
 
With deep friendship, 
 
Mircea Ștefan Solovăstru
Governor 2016-2017
Asociatia Rotary International District 2241 România and the Republica Moldova

MARCH 2017

Dear friends,
 
The month of March brings a new beginning, either to our professional life or our vocational commitment as members of Rotary District 2241 Romania and the Republic of Moldova. We leave behind the cold of winter and full of hope, we welcome spring 2017 and look ahead to the projects we have planned in support of our local communities. Rotary International celebrates March as prevention month, focusing on health, especially on the wellbeing of children, who need access to clean water and sanitation. Looking beyond the statistics that tells us about the millions of children in distress, who eventually lose their lives due to harsh living conditions, we need to look closer to home. It is generally believed that problems such as these are specific to “third world countries”, but we have to be honest with ourselves and admit that in the two countries which make up District 2241, there are similar situations that can be resolved with more consideration from the authorities. We, as Rotarians, can extend a hand and contribute our professional expertise at local level to make the world a better place. Real progress can also be achieved by supporting environmental education. We must teach young people and adults, all the same, about the importance of this valuable resource that is water and to raise awareness about the impact their actions have on the future of their descendants. As such, I ask that you focus your efforts on this topic over the following month.
 
On the 10th-12th of March, we will meet again in Cluj Napoca to attend the PETS 2017, as you all know, the presidents elect of the Rotary clubs of District 2241 are required to attend in order to begin their mandates on the 1st of July 2017, as per Rotary regulations.
 
I wish you all a wonderful spring!
 
With deep friendship, 
 
Mircea Ștefan Solovăstru
Governor 2016-2017
Asociatia Rotary International District 2241 România and the Republica Moldova

FEBRUARY 2017

Dear friends,
 
In Rotary, February brings to our attention a topic that unfortunately has become evermore present across different levels of society, around the world, most often in difficult contexts. I am referring to conflicts in general such as wars, revolutions or other forms of conflict at global level. But in these turbulent times we live, we have examples of how maintaining conflicts or generating new ones has become a strategy, sometimes turned into an art, at the highest level. What can we expect if in societies which hold themselves to be highly democratic with strong principles and an icon of stability, certain incidents make concepts such as peace and conflicts resolution seem unattainable?
 
This is where we and our organization have an important role to play. Just as our community development projects achieve significant results at local level, at times resembling “a drop in an ocean”, so we are held to approach the topic of conflict resolution responsibly. I am convinced that among us, the Rotarians of District 2241, there are small conflicts and differences of vision and opinion, but an open and friendly attitude will help us overcome such situations. One of the solutions is dialogue, an open discussion about the source of the conflict and the solutions to work through it. If we are the first to show it is achievable, we will be capable to show others as well that it can be done and that the world can be a better place. Is this only a dream?
 
Maybe Paul Harris also had a dream when, on February 23rd 1905, he set up Rotary. His dream became a vision, implemented through projects and programs that have changed the world and have even brought peace in certain contexts. In February we celebrate 112 years of Rotary, which is why I would like to congratulate you for being part of this wonderful organization. Happy anniversary, Rotary!
 
With friendship,
 
Mircea Ștefan Solovăstru
Governor 2016-2017
Asociatia Rotary International District 2241 România and the Republica Moldova

JANUARY 2017

Dear friends,
 
We often have the tendency to guide our children in life, to show them and even recommend them certain jobs and trades by means of which they may become somebody in their lives. We make sure they have access to an advanced educational system, be it secondary school, high school or faculty, and we share our experiences with them, just as our parents and grandparents before us did when faced with the choice of a professional future for their beloved ones. also In some cases we may have chosen a different path than our family advised. I think that beyond our current professions, we bring value to this wonderful organization that is Rotary through our involvement in our communities and by relying on our vocations to carry out projects in fields relevant to Rotary: education, health, and social aid. Rotary International focuses especially on this topic and dedicates two months to vocational service. I am particularly pleased with what Rotary District 2241 has achieved in the past years in Romania and the Republic of Moldova, how it has managed to change destinies and mentalities due to the qualities of its members and their desire to serve. My current role as District Governor has allowed me a comprehensive look at the organization I am proud to be a member of. I knew that Rotarians abide by the organization’s principles, I knew that our friends dedicated their time and financial resources to serving Rotary, but the visits paid to the clubs of District 2241 strengthened this feeling and I believe we can achieve more. We can involve in the project team colleagues who may contribute more of their professional expertise to the success of some of Rotary’s programs.
 
I would like to remind you an important event for District 2241 is scheduled this month, namely the meeting of the District Committee which will take place in Tîrgu Mureș, January 27th – 29th 2017. We will evaluate our activity so far and we will elaborate plans for the upcoming period.
 
With friendship, 
 
Mircea Ștefan Solovăstru
Governor 2016-2017
Asociatia Rotary International District 2241 România and the Republica Moldova

DECEMBER 2016

Dear friends,
 
As the year comes to an end, it gives me great pleasure to address you , the over 3000 Rotarians of District 2241. This year has brought me many challenges. I hope you can say the same for your activity in Rotary and that through the initiatives in your communities you’ve succeeded in changing preconceptions and showing that the Rotarians of Romania and the Republic of Moldova are united in their willingness to be helpful.
 
You have shown your commitment month after month, so ensure the sustainability of your club projects, you’ve managed to covered a wide range of issues in key areas: education, health, social aid. I hope you are pleased with what you have accomplished and I encourage you to aim to accomplish even more in the future.
 
This month in Rotary we celebrate Family. Therefore I urge you to pay more attention to those around you. Speaking of family, it could mean the greater family within which we carry out our professional activity or the Rotary family. I want to bring your attention to your own family, this time. Let’s dedicate this month, first and foremost, to our dear ones: our spouses, our children and our parents, because, for good reasons, they’ve been neglected at certain times over the year.  Let’s remember they are those who support us in achieving our objectives, both in our careers, as in Rotary. This month, let’s also remember to have our true friends close to us and to spend pleasant moments together – these moments will bring new ideas for 2017, for what we aim to accomplish personally and professionally.
 
In the Rotary District 2241, the year 2017 will be full of challenges and responsibilities, as we celebrate 100 years since the creation of the Rotary Foundation, a highly anticipated moment of the year.
 
I hope 2017 will bring each of you all that you could wish for!
 
With deep friendship, 
 
Mircea Ștefan Solovăstru
Governor 2016-2017
Asociatia Rotary International District 2241 România and the Republica Moldova

NOVEMBER 2016

Dear friends,
 
November is dedicated to the Rotary Foundation and the centennial we will be celebrating this Rotarian year is a good opportunity to reflect on what changes Rotary has made possible throughout the world, including Romania and the Republic of Moldova, through the initiatives of the Foundation. 
 
100 years ago things seemed to be less complicated compared to how society has evolved and the challenges it faces today, although knowing what Arch Klumph, Rotary International president at that time, imagined and proved could be accomplished, we can safely say the founder of the Rotary Foundation was a true visionary. It is equally true that those who followed in his footsteps and stayed true to the Rotarian principles have managed to build an extremely powerful organization despite the periods of crisis brought on by conflicts worldwide.
 
At international level, the most well-known program of the Rotary Foundation, implemented over the past decades, is the eradication of poliomyelitis, End Polio. A successful program, with significant financial investments made to ensure that future generations grow up healthy. This disease has been almost completely eradicated throughout the world, which can only make us proud to be a part of Rotary.
 
But the Rotary Foundation means more than that. Applying the 3H principle - Health, Hunger, Humanity - and making the most of the significant financial support received from the members of the organization, as well as from outside sources, the projects carried out have touched millions of people.
 
In the near future, at the meeting held in Brasov 11-13 November, we will discuss more about the Rotary Foundation and the participation of District 2241 in Foundation projects. We will share experiences and get ready for the celebration in June 2017, at the Rotary Convention in Atlanta, where we will find out how we can help over the next 100 years, keeping in mind Arch Klumph`s words: We should not live for ourselves alone, but for the joy in doing good for others.”
 
With deep friendship, 
 
Mircea Ștefan Solovăstru
Governor 2016-2017
Asociatia Rotary International District 2241 România and the Republica Moldova

SEPTEMBER 2016

Dear friends,
 
September is one of those months we feel as a new beginning. We have memories of our summer holiday on all our different electronic devices and we feel the buzz of daily routine. The beginning of a new school year is surely the highlight of the month. I`m convinced every Rotarian, whether parent, grandparent, teacher or employed in education, has experienced the excitement of the beginning of a school year and reflected on the education we give our children, the new generation society will count on over the following years.
 
In September, Rotary International celebrates New Generation Month to remind young people around the world how important their role is in developing this wonderful organization. Beyond words, our actions speak for us - in Rotary International and District 2241 we count on the new generation, we want them to become involved and to prove themselves. The young Rotarians of Romania and the Republic of Moldova are also aware of their role and the attention they receive, but they also know the responsibilities that come with being in Rotary.
 
New Generation Month is an opportunity for senior Rotarians of District 2241 to reflect on and give credit to those who will be leaders of the new generation. And it is our responsibility to contribute to how this new generation develops in an ever-changing society.
 
This is a time to focus on activities such as supporting the new generation of District 2241 to attend events, getting to know the projects they may be involved in and using different means to recognize their contribution.
 
With deep friendship, 
 
Mircea Ștefan Solovăstru
Governor 2016-2017
Asociatia Rotary International District 2241 România and the Republica Moldova

AUGUST 2016

Dear friends,
 
In Rotary International, August is celebrated as "Rotary Membership Month“. We should use this time to reflect on our contribution to the organization we are a part of, as well as to encourage other people to join Rotary. 
 
The main pillar of Rotary is its members, the people. They successfully implement community projects in the different fields requiring atention by using their skills and competences. Without them and their involvement in the comunity, it would be very difficult to see successfull projects through. It is these very people who have a duty to use their Rotary experience to build stronger clubs and develop the organization. 
 
During club meetings, I encourage you to focus more on fellowship and cooperation and to identify new opportunities for growth for members with less experience. Help new members with useful information and suggestions so they can offer their support in implementing future projects. A strong team is always more efficient and given its experience, it will serve well over the coming years. Engage the community by communicating the results of your iniatives through all existing tools.
 
You have countless resources at your disposal on the Rotary International website www.rotary.org. Draw on them for inspiration and discuss ideas that might come up during weekly club meetings. Through dialog and action, together we will fullfill the mission we took on when becoming a member of Rotary: Support the community! 
 
With deep friendship, 
 
Mircea Ștefan Solovăstru
Governor 2016-2017
Asociatia Rotary International District 2241 România and the Republica Moldova

JULY 2016

Dear friends,
Here we find ourselves at the beginning of a new Rotary year, 2016-2017. This is a good opportunity to look at what we have accomplished over the past year, analyze our own activity and set ourselves more daring objectives. 
We should thank those who have led District 2241 over the past year, a team who has achieved amazing results for all the Rotarians of District 2241. 
In general, July is an important month for the organization of the clubs in our District. Teams change, priorities and objectives are set. It is a natural process within our organization as it strengthens the team of 3000 Rotarians in Romania and the Republic of Moldova. 
John Germ, the distinguished Rotary International president, also began his mandate on the 1st of July. He describes the role Rotarians have in their community, very clearly „Every day you are active in Rotary you have the opportunity to change lives“. All these opportunities may seem small and unimportant. But, let me asure you, they are not. Everything you do matters especially to the people you help. As John Germ stated, we need to ensure Rotary is serving humanity. 
I am eager to contribute myself, alongside each and every Rotarian in District 2241 to implementing projects focusing on education and healthcare in our communities. This is the only way to build a solid foundation for the development of future generations. 
I wish you great success!
With deep friendship, 
Mircea Ștefan Solovăstru
District Governor 2016-2017
Asociatia Rotary International District 2241 România and the Republica Moldova

JUNE 2016 - ROTARY FELLOWSHIPS MONTH

Dear friends,
 
In June, Rotary International celebrates Rotary Fellowships Month. 
 
As intended by RI, “Rotary Fellowships” unite people with a common passion for a profession or a hobby. Internationally, these are independently organized to reunite Rotarians, spouses and members of Rotaract interested in the opportunity to make new friends and broaden their Rotary experience. These broad circles of friendship were established in 1928 when the first group was created based on the common interest for the Esperanto language. There is a relatively high number of Rotary Fellowships which appeal to the members of the Rotary family through the diverse fields of interest: bike riding, sports fishing, golf, culture, yachting, photography, scuba diving, skiing, checkers, cooking, medicine, a clean environment, jazz or tennis. There are also some that are directly related to Rotary: the international history of Rotary, Rotary history and heritage, Rotary commemorative stamps. Others are more amusing, such as that of the magicians. The list is open to all initiatives that are in line with the values and conduct of Rotary. Although the members of a Fellowship meet on-line and regularly exchange information through newsletters, they have the freedom to organize events anywhere around the world and are encouraged to hold conferences and meetings during the RI International Conventions. Additionally, they have the possibility of meeting in smaller groups or individually. The key concepts are passion and friendship.
 
Marcel Proust said “Let us be grateful to people who make us happy, they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.”. The Rotary Fellowships are just another opportunity Rotary created to enable us to meet these “gardeners”.
 
I hope friendship will continue to be one of the dearest gifts you receive in Rotary and that it will be a source of energy and enthusiasm as you continue to implement community projects.
 
With deep friendship,
Daniel
Governor 2015-2016 Rotary District 2241
 

MAI 2016 - YOUTH SERVICE MONTH

Dear friends,
 
In May our thoughts, feelings and perhaps our actions too go toward the younger members of the Rotary family. In Rotary, May is Youth Service Month.
 
Today our district features all youth generation programs: Interact, Rotaract, RYLA and the Youth Exchange Program (YEP). The four Rotakids clubs suggest we are among the Rotarians willing to support and inspire the younger generation from its earliest stages of development. There are many ways in which we can help develop the talent, creativity and competences of young people, but more importantly we can help them not give up on their goals. “Keep true to the dreams of youth” urged Friedrich Schiller. He said so more than two centuries ago, but the message has kept its depth of meaning and novelty, remaining more relevant than ever. As Rotarians we can have an important role supporting the personal and professional progress of young people, by recognizing and respecting the diversity of their options and choices.
 
In 20 years time, the quality of life for those of us who are now the front line of our Rotary clubs will depend on the fairness and value of the decisions of these young people, who by then will be full fledged adults. It’s a responsibility and an opportunity to listen to them, support and guide them. We can introduce them to the personalities that will inspire them and become their role models.
At club level, we have a wide range of options to support young people:
  • we can acknowledge their performances and grant awards and scholarships to young people with excellent results
  • we can encourage young people to join Interact and Rotaract clubs or to form new clubs
  • we can promote youth exchange programs, YEP, and enable more young people to experience a different cultural context which will help define their personality
  • we can promote RYLA events and facilitate the participation of young people in the team-building, communication and leadership workshops
  • we can invite Rotaract and Interact members to join Rotarians in fund-raising initiatives, volunteering and district events to better get to know them and facilitate interaction
A few months ago, the president of Rotary Club Tulcea, Dumitru Mergeani, told me that one his most memorable experiences in Rotary was due to the wonderful teenagers, ages 12 to 18, who founded the first Interact club in Tulcea. These young people attended a Rotary club meeting and presented the case of a girl who suffered from a form of leukemia. The treatment she had been prescribed had hardly any effect, and her condition was rapidly declining. One of the Interact members had found that a bone marrow transplant could help cure the disease. The members of the Rotary club were not easily convinced. They tried to explain to their younger colleagues that there are situations when we must accept that destiny may be unfair to some people. But the members of Interact were adamant. They came back to the following meetings with further new arguments in support of their case. Sometimes the persistence seemed too much. Eventually, Rotary members decided to support their initiative. They organized a charitable event, raised the necessary funds and one of them even accompanied the girl to the Wolfson medical center in Tel Aviv. An emotional period followed the surgery, as everyone awaited the results. The success of the procedure was soon confirmed. The girl had been saved. A life was saved mainly due to the contagious enthusiasm and lack of prejudice of these young people and most of them had not even reached adulthood. This is another example of the infusion of vitality, energy and zeal that young people can bring to Rotary! 
 
In the following weeks, I urge you to find the best way to be inspired by the new generation!
 
With deep friendship,
Daniel
Governor 2015-2016 Rotary District 2241
 

APRIL 2016 - MATERNAL AND CHILD HEALTH

Dear friends,
 
Rotary International suggests one of its six areas of focus as April’s theme: Maternal and child health.  Significant progress has been made over the last decades, but intense effort is required for further advancement in this field. According to World Health Organization reports, the infant mortality rate has decreased by 53% and the percentage of women who die at birth has decreased by 44% compared to 1990. The same reports estimate 6 million infants died in 2015, while the number of mothers who died giving birth reached 300,000. The discrepancies between developed countries and the rest of the world suggest there is room for improvement. Infant mortality rate is 19 times higher in developing countries compared to developed countries and the probability that a child dye before the age of five is eight times higher, all else equal. The cause of death is most often related to lack of medical assistance during child birth, malnutrition and the consumption of infested water. One of four children suffers from starvation around the world and 45% of infant mortality is due to malnutrition. This hard reality is mostly felt in India and the African continent.
 
There is also the issue of young mothers aged between 15 and 19. Statistics show that teenagers who become pregnant at a young age are often the victims of abuse, lack of freedom and lack of education. They are more prone to depression, harming themselves or abandoning their children. Different rates of economic development seem to be correlated to the frequency of early child birth. If in poor countries there are 130 such cases for every 1000 inhabitants, in developed countries the number drops to just 20.
 
As Rotarians we have an opportunity to be a part of the initiative for maternal and child health. We can become involved by initiating projects for young mothers, abandoned children or people who cannot afford expensive treatment. With little financial effort, we can join Global Grants implemented on the African continent or in India. We can continue to support the Polio Plus program and contribute to eradicating this disease which until three decades ago was one of the main causes of infant mortality and paralysis.
 
An example of good practices in this focus area is the project Save a child’s heart. In 2009 District 2241 began a partnership with the Save a Child’s Heart Foundation at the initiative of the Rotary Club of Pitesti, due to the enthusiasm of Ana Stan and her colleagues who reacted to the idea and encouragement received from Victor Steinberg. Ten children were selected and sponsored to undergo surgery at the Wolfson Hospital in Tel Aviv. Magda Iorga and our colleagues from Iasi resumed the efforts of advancing this project and a great number of Rotarians throughout the district made donations and offered their support. 50 children have been saved so far. I was fortunate to see some of them playing and happily running around. Their mother’s look of hopelessness is replaced by a warm and serene smile since she now knows that her child will live.
 
The project further developed to district level and now includes support for the establishment of a medical center for excellence so that children with severe cardiac conditions could undergo surgery here in Romania. Through the joint efforts of the Save a Child’s Heart Foundation, the Rotary International District 2241 Romania and the Republic of Moldova, the Rotary International District 2490 Israel and the Gift of Life Foundation (USA), the first surgeries should be performed before the end of the year by Romanian-Israeli medical teams at the Grigore Alexandrescu Emergency Hospital for Children. The new medical facility created in Bucharest, alongside other centers for excellence in pediatric cardiac surgery in Târgu Mureș and Cluj, will grant more children the opportunity to undergo life-saving surgery here in Romania. 
 
We should remain steadfast in our resolve to be a force of good and focus our attention on the humanitarian needs in our communities. Continue to show compassion and solidarity for the initiatives of our colleagues our the world by becoming more active and engaged in international projects.
 
With deep friendship,
Daniel
Governor 2015-2016 Rotary District 2241
 

MARCH 2016 - WATER AND SANITATION MONTH

Dear friends,

Rotary International declared March as “Water and Sanitation Month”.

Some of you might be wondering why providing clean water, promoting hygiene and ensuring sanitation together make up Rotary’s third area of focus. Around the world, a child dies every 20 seconds due to poor hygiene and bacterial pathogen contaminated water supply.

To many, the reality in the official reports seems unbelievable: the number of infants who dye from diarrhea often caused by pathogen contaminated water is greater than the total number of deaths caused by malaria and AIDS combined. The statistics speak for themselves: over 2,6 billion people have no access to clean water and sanitation. Among them, 1,4 billion live on less than 1,25 dollars per day.

Although far less dramatic, the situation in Romania and the Republic of Moldova could be better with greater attention and involvement including from Rotarians. A report of the National Institute of Statistics shows that in Romania, in 2011, only two out of five inhabitants had access to waste water collection and evacuation system. There are currently areas where less than half of the population has access to sewage systems and unfortunately in one of the counties in Romania, 80% of the localities have no sewage systems. Currently through a remarkable ongoing Global Grant project of approximately 500,000 USD, between Rotary Club Chișinău Centru in partnership with the Rotarians from  District 1870 Germany, the village of Copceac, UTA Găgăuzia will have access to sanitation. At the initiative of our colleague, Florin Iliescu, District Water and Sanitation Chair, a
new project promoting hygiene as a means of staying healthy to school students in grades I-IV will begin in the following months. Furthermore, a “Water and Sanitation” conference will take place in Cluj-Napoca, 8-9 April, its main topic being access to clean water and promoting hygiene. The event will include participants from abroad and is organized at the initiative of PDG Ovidiu Cos and Florin Iliescu, with the support of many enthusiastic colleagues from Cluj, the local Rotarct clubs and AG Dan Dutu. These are only some examples of the interest Rotarians of District 2241 Romania and the Republic of Moldova have for this area of focus.

March is also the month when, each year, we hold the District Team Training Seminar (DTTS) and the Presidents Elect Training Seminar (PETS). This is the first opportunity for those who will be part of the leadership next year to meet, gain knowledge and start making the first plans for the future. It is also a great opportunity to feel the thrill of Rotary events with high attendance from all across the district. I wish Mircea Solovastru, Governor Elect 2016-2017, great success and inspiration, as well as to all those who are preparing to be, a few months from now, resources of inspiration, motivation and support of the Rotarians in District 2241.

At the beginning of March I also received the excellent news of our colleague, Anamaria’s return from an anti-polio immunization campaign which took place in India, 18-25 February. The team of volunteers was made up of six members, among whom was Assistant Governor Anamaria Gândilă, was coordinated by DRFCC PDG Albertine Perre and was named “Team D1570 The Netherlands & D2241 România și Republica Moldova”. The global eradication of polio is Rotary International’s most well known project. Year after year we make donations, and Anamaria is the first volunteer in the PolioPlus immunization program from District 2241 since it was established. In 1997, another remarkable colleague Viorel Bunea, participated in an anti-polio immunization campaign in Africa. We should value and appreciate their participation, generosity and courage!

Soon things will start to change fast around us. The trees will soon be in bloom bearing news of their fruit, we will be surrounded by different colors and all around us we will witness life in all its forms. I hope this beautiful season will inspire you and give you the strength and enthusiasm to passionately continue the projects you have in mind!
 
With deep friendship,
Daniel
Governor 2015-2016 Rotary District 2241
 

FEBRUARY 2016 - PEACE, PREVENTION AND CONFLICT RESOLUTION MONTH

Dear friends,
 
In Rotary, February is known as “Peace, prevention and conflict resolution month”.
 
Our 111th anniversary on the 23rd of February makes it even more special.
 
From its very beginning our organization was established in the spirit of friendship, uniting people of different ages, professions and interests. Most of our colleagues have strong personalities, see the world from their individual perspectives biased by education, recent or more distant past experiences and systems of belief, although we share common values. We think differently, our convictions are rarely identical and our opinions reveal our path through life. We experience emotions very deeply and with great intensity and when it comes to initiative we are each more or less inclined. Diversity is one of the most cherished, fundamental values in Rotary. While it may seem like a paradox, it is also the root cause of heated debate, apparently testing the endurance of a relationship and blowing things our of proportion. In fact, regardless of what brings us together and animates us, this melting pot of diversity changes us and enables us to show respect for the variety of ideas, opinion, hopes and emotions.
 
The level of maturity of the clubs in a district is intertwined with the capacity for conciliation and goodwill that Rotarians show each other.  In February we are invited to reflect on ways we can contribute to conflict prevention within our clubs and outwards, but also on how to solve differences in opinions in the spirit of friendship and with the wisdom of those who wish to act as a force of good in the world.
 
Looking farther than to create harmony within, Rotary International has considered global peace to be a priority since its very beginning. Aware of the difficult task, Paul Harris stated: “The road to conflict and war is well paved, the road to peace is a wilderness” meaning that it is easy to ignite arguments and misunderstanding, but it is more difficult to build unity and understanding. In 1917, Rotary International President Arch Klumph established an organization, which two years later, he named “The Rotary Foundation”. Its mission was defined as follows: to advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through the improvement of health, the support of education, and the alleviation of poverty. Today, through the foundation programs, an impressive number of grants support thousands of communities. Some of the landmarks in the history of Rotary International on its road to peace:
  • in 1940 at the International Convention in Havana, Rotary International adopted a resolution that would later serve as the basis for the creation of the Human Rights Declaration;
  • in 1942 the representatives of Rotary clubs from 21 countries organized a conference in London to develop a vision for advancing education, science, and culture after World War II. This reunion facilitated the dialog on the reconstruction of the education system and is now recognized as a precursor of UNESCO;
  • in 1945, Rotary contributed to the chartering of the United Nations Organization (UN).At the United Nations Charter Conference, Rotary International was invited to send 11 delegates, while every other organization had only 3 delegates invited;
  • in 1985 the PolioPlus project was launched These are remarkable achievements at a time when each year there were 350,000 cases of polio virus infection reported. Last year, there were 72 cases of illness registered worldwide. We should feel proud to be part of an organization that is one of the driving forces behind this progress.
  • in 1992 the first Rotary Peace City was declared in Australia. Today there are 60 such cities around the world;
  • between 1996 and 1999 Rotary Peace Centers were established through partnerships with six major universities from Japan, Australia, Great Britain, Sweden and the United States;
  • the presidential theme for the 2012-2013 Rotarian year was “Peace through service”, and the year was dedicated to initiatives promoting peace, prevention and conflict resolution.
I hope your membership to an organization that holds peace and friendship as fundamental values will contribute goodwill and harmony to making your lives more beautiful, richer and more meaningful!
 
With deep friendship,
Daniel
Governor 2015-2016 Rotary District 2241
 

JANUARY 2016 - VOCATIONAL SERVICE MONTH

As of 2016, in Rotary, January is celebrated as “Vocational Service Month”.
My visits over the past weeks have reconfirmed that vocational service is the core of the organization we’ve decided to join. A diverse spectrum of professions, as in Rotary, would be almost useless, unless it was valued by the opportunity to serve through the talent, qualities and skills
acquired and developed as we practice our professions. Among our fellow colleagues I’ve met dedicated teachers who are actively involved in preventing school abandonment and stimulating excellence, doctors who are willing to initiate club projects to ensure free medical care for the poor and hurting, artists willing to support humanitarian causes through their art. This is the type of involvement through which Rotary stands out as a competent and capable force successfully negotiating a wide range of challenges.
Thank you all for the generosity and the humility with which you give of yourself through your profession or your vocation, making life better and giving hope to those who come into our reach.
A few days ago, on 15 January, I received a letter from the Rotary International President K.R. Ravindran announcing a very important event. According to this announcement, His Holiness Pope Francisc will hold a mass for Rotarians in St. Peter’s Square, Rome, 30 April. Eight thousand seats will be reserved for Rotarians, their friends and families. As established by Pope Francisc, this Jubilee is known as The Holy Year of Mercy and is meant to promote forgiveness, reconciliation, solidarity and hope. We are invited to participate and support the initiative to raise the status and prestige of Rotary.
You will find President K.R. Ravindran’s message, as well as the Romanian translation, attached to this letter. Those of you who are interested in attending can find more details and the link to the on-line event website.
As we begin a new year, I would like to wish you the best of health, wonderful accomplishments and may your dreams come true!
 
With deep friendship,
Daniel
Governor 2015-2016 Rotary District 2241

Annex 1, Letter received from RID K.R. Ravindran (translation)
My dear friends,

I am pleased to bring you the good news that His Holiness Pope Francis will officiate at a Mass to Rotarians at St. Peter’s Square, Rome, on 30 April. We will have 8,000 seats reserved for Rotarians, as well as friends and family.

It is my great pleasure to invite you to join me in Italy on this day as we celebrate the Jubilee of Rotarians, a special event hosted by Rotary District 2080 and the Vatican. In addition, local Rotarians will host special celebratory dinners and plan a service project for attendees.

I believe this event is a tremendous honor that will raise Rotary’s status across so much of the world, and it should bring us all great happiness to be a part of it, regardless of our own religions and beliefs.
For more information, please visit the Jubilee of Rotarians website, which has been provided by our friends in District 2080. Updates and additional information will be available leading up to the event. Registration will open 18 January. I ask that you also include mention of this event in your governor’s monthly letter.

This Jubilee, as established by Pope Francis, is known as the Holy Year of Mercy. It marks the time of forgiveness and reconciliation, of solidarity, hope, and justice. It is a commitment to serve with joy and in peace across the world.

As you work hard to Be a Gift to the World, I do hope you will make the effort to be in Rome with as many members of your district as possible.

Best regards,
K.R. Ravindran
Rotary International President, 2015-16

Annex 2, Letter received from RID K.R. Ravindran (original)

My dear friends,

I am pleased to bring you the good news that His Holiness Pope Francis will officiate at a Mass to Rotarians at St. Peter’s Square, Rome, on 30 April. We will have 8,000 seats reserved for Rotarians, as well as friends and family.

It is my great pleasure to invite you to join me in Italy on this day as we celebrate the Jubilee of Rotarians, a special event hosted by Rotary District 2080 and the Vatican. In addition, local Rotarians will host special celebratory dinners and plan a service project for attendees.

I believe this event is a tremendous honour that will raise Rotary’s status across so much of the world, and it should bring us all great happiness to be a part of it, regardless of our own religions and beliefs.
For more information, please visit the Jubilee of Rotarians website, which has been provided by our friends in District 2080. Updates and additional information will be available leading up to the event. Registration will open 18 January. I ask that you also include mention of this event in your governor’s monthly letter.

This Jubilee, as established by Pope Francis, is known as the Holy Year of Mercy. It marks the time of forgiveness and reconciliation, of solidarity, hope, and justice. It is a commitment to serve with joy and in peace across the world.

As you work hard to Be a Gift to the World, I do hope you will make the effort to be in Rome with as many members of your district as possible.

Best regards,
K.R. Ravindran
Rotary International President, 2015-16
 
 

DECEMBER 2015

Dear friends,
 
The past six months have given me the opportunity of meeting over 60 clubs, 57 of which during my club visits. These meetings, as well as the district events where we enjoy seeing each other and exchanging ideas, have further confirmed my conviction that we are a powerful and mature district, with extraordinary colleagues who humbly contribute their time, skills or talents to their communities.
 
Congratulations and thank you for everything you have accomplished as part of Rotary!
 
I have been honored by the friendship you have shown me every time and the desire to share the joy of the success of each of your projects. I am also grateful for your frankness in approaching more delicate issues of your club activity, as well as for your excellent cooperation in finding solutions in the spirit of friendship and with the always positive Rotarian attitude.
 
The moments of 2015 are beginning to fade away one by one and with them our great fears for the year, our disappointments and passing failures leaving behind only the memory of our achievements and accomplishments. The smiling face of a child we’ve offered support to, the words of a mother whose child was saved through our contribution, the spirit of the Rotary meetings. The new year is approaching bringing with it the feeling of great changes that, in the weeks and months after 1 January 2016, will make our life more beautiful, fulfilling and meaningful and us more open to enjoying what each new day has to offer.
 
Until this year, in Rotary, December was known as “Family Month”. As of 2015, Rotary International wishes to dedicate it to health care prevention and awareness. From one perspective or the other, this month is always filled with hope and happiness, lived in the warmth of a festive home and the joy of being among friends and family.
 
My thoughts go out to you as I wish you happy holidays, the best of health and may you accomplish your dreams!
 
With deep friendship,
Daniel
Governor 2015-2016 Rotary District 2241
 

NOVEMBER 2015 ROTARY FOUNDATION MONTH

Dear friends,
In Rotary, November is celebrated as “Rotary Foundation Month”.

Perhaps the founders of this distinct entity of Rotary International did not anticipate the extraordinary role the Rotary Foundation would gain over the years, supporting tens of thousands of communities through grants and setting itself goals for the good of humanity, such as the eradication of polio worldwide.

Let’s remember some landmarks in the history of this foundation:
- in 1917, at the initiative of the Rotary International President, Arch C. Klumph, a special endowment fund was established;
- in 1928, it became the Rotary Foundation;
- in 1929, the Rotary Foundation made its first donation, 500 USD to a center for disabled children;
- between 1947-1966 several programs were launched among them the Ambassadorial Scholarships and the Group Study Exchange. This set the base for the development of the grant programs.
- In 1985 the PolioPlus program was launched aiming to eradicate poliomyelitis worldwide.

In the 80’s, poliomyelitis made over one million victims every 3 years in 125 countries.
Most children lost their lives to this terrible disease or were left paralyzed. Currently the number of victims is lower than 500 each year. Note that in 2015 there was no incidence of poliomyelitis on the African continent, and the last case of polio was registered in Nigeria in July 2014!
Afghanistan and Pakistan will be the biggest challenges in the years to come, but as long as polio is not eradicated, the danger of infection remains a worldwide threat. Given that in Romania the vaccination rate against polio is less than 70%, there is a real risk of an outbreak, according to Emilian Popovici - D2241 Rotary Foundation PolioPlus Chair. Associated with other current trends, such as migration, the virus can easily make its way to and throughout Europe. Through the joint effort of Rotarians around the world, soon we can make sure no child is ever lost or disabled due to poliomyelitis. We are not alone in this effort, we have some of the most important organizations as partners: UNICEF, the World Health Organization and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The Rotary Foundation District Seminar took place in Brasov just a few days ago. Therefore in November, Rotary Foundation month, a majority of clubs will receive the certification of their eligibility for the “Global Grants” program. The communities of Romania and Moldova have received 14 mil. USD in grant programs throughout the 15 years since the establishment of the district, through the initiatives of local clubs and their partners abroad, according to a report presented by PDG Martha Maria Mocanu, Rotary Foundation Chair at this edition of the Foundation seminar.

Without all of us and the dedication of some exceptional people, with a kind heart and the vocation of giving, the Rotary Foundation programs would not exist. At the end of the Foundation seminar, Joseph Geebelen, Rotary Club Sighet President, announced a personal donation among the highest ever made in our district.

Joseph is one of those friends in Rotary who encourage you to become a better person. What better end to a Foundation seminar? Joseph’s initiative added to the success of this Rotarian meeting.
The Rotary Foundation District Seminar boasted high attendance and excellent organization. Most of the credit goes to our colleagues from the Rotary Club of Brasov who wanted to be the host of this year’s edition as they also celebrate 85 years since the club was chartered and 20 years since it was re-established.

I hope the Rotary Foundation programs will provide opportunities for the benefit of your communities and in support of your projects!
Above all specific initiatives, appreciate the spirit
 
With deep friendship,
Daniel
Governor 2015-2016 Rotary District 2241
 

OCTOBER – as of 2015 “Vocational Service Month” becomes “Economic and Community Development Month”

Dear friends,
 
Until recently, in Rotary, October was celebrated as “Vocational Service Month”.
 
It used to be a unique opportunity for clubs all over the world to promote vocational service as a cherished avenue of service in Rotary. We have extraordinary colleagues: doctors, teachers, renowned and appreciated artists, managers, specialists in the fields of marketing and communication, and many others representing different professions. By joining Rotary,they are all willing to share their skills, abilities and talent through club projects in the interest of the community or of those in need of support and solidarity. There are times when the vocational service gives us an opportunity to gain new perspectives and grow spiritually. I will tell you a story I recently came across that moved me with the depth of its message.
 
Our colleague Capetan Backsai Marius is President of Rotary Club Lugoj this year. He is an ophthalmologist who has dedicated his life and his career to this profession. With their project “Give a child the joy of sight”, Rotary Club Lugoj has offered free medical care to several hundred children per year since 2007. As ophthalmologist, Marius is at the heart of this project using his profession to serve the children and young people with fewer opportunities. One day he met a girl in a wheel chair. The girl, with multiple physical and psychiatric disabilities, could not move, speak or hear and had a severe form of autism. She seemed to suffer from terrible sadness and would rarely raise her eyes from the ground. Marius noticed her squinting and suspected her eyesight to even poorer. Determining a diagnosis was difficult as the child would not answer any questions and her health made any form of cooperation impossible. After several tests, using the medical equipment available and his experience, Marius prescribed the girl a pair of glasses to improve the problems caused by her squinting and other conditions. Once she had the glasses on, something unusual happened. The girl started laughing out loud. She laughed and laughed and would not stop. It’s hard to identify the emotions that overcame those present. Compassion was noticeable, but the strongest emotions were bewilderment and the awe of those who had not yet heard her laughing. The girl seemed to be living a moment of sudden and intense joy that makes children laugh out loud in their very unique way. The children’s laughter is their way of expressing themselves, without using words, to say they are pure and happy Marius confessed that it was the episode that touched him the most throughout his entire career. 
 
Hearing this story, I thought Rotary’s vocational service can spiritually enrich us in a very unique way. I thought about other meanings we can derive from this story. How can a pair of lenses turn sadness into sudden joy? Maybe we don’t always appreciate the world around us and don’t see the true greatness of the display of shapes and colors surrounding us. Perhaps we are blind to the beauty of the people who are our friends, colleagues or are just close to us for a while. Whenever we feel sad we can remember this girl. And the only reason for our sadness can be that for a single moment we forget to open our eyes or wear the right lenses. Sometimes we find our them on our own, other times with help of friend or a stranger who unexpectedly hands them to us. 
 
Let’s enjoy the professional skills and talents we or our fellow Rotarians posses and cherish the opportunity we have to use our strengths and knowledge to bring joy and improve the quality of life of those in need of assistance and support!
 
As of 1 July 2015, October will bring forth for discussion the topic of economic and community development. The Global Grant system enables us to use these instruments to address this area of focus. The vocational services continues to be the most important voluntary resource we can use to raise funds and contribute ideas to the development of our community. I ask that you reflect on the elements of continuity these two themes raise.
 
With deep friendship,
Daniel
Governor 2015-2016 Rotary District 2241
 

SEPTEMBER 2015 – as of 2015 “New Generation Month” becomes “Basic Education and Literacy Month”

Dear friends,
 
Until recently, in Rotary, September was celebrated as “New Generation Month” As of 1 July 2015, Rotary International invites us to dedicate this month to basic education and literacy.
I would say the two topics are closely related.
 
The New Generation programs target the youngest of the Rotary family. These benefit teenagers and young adults. Some of them are Rotaractors, Interactors, participants inRYLA camps or exchange programs, others are gifted young people who, through their character and talent, have captured the attention of Rotary clubs and earned their support.
 
It is only in 2010, that the New Generation became the fifth avenue of service alongside club service, vocational service, community service and international service. As such, it is important for Rotarians to allocate time and resources to support young people in their effort to become the leaders of the coming decades. Young people will soon have to show they are capable of facing the challenges of a multicultural society, marked by an unprecedented acceleration of changes, growing uncertainty and technological progress altering the rules of interaction and communication. A world of new opportunities and reconfigured boundaries.
 
The task of the New Generation will be no easier than that of our generation.
The term “New Generation” was first used, in a sense similar to that we use today, by RI President Luis Vincente Glay, during the Calgary Rotary Convention of 1996, when saying: “Now more than ever, our vision of the future makes the difference between success and failure. Our investment for the future is The New Generation. Let’s begin building this future today!”
 
At club level we can support New Generation programs by:
-           Celebrating the exceptional results of young people by awarding certificates, scholarships ormotivating prizes;
-           Participating in fund-raising activities initiated by young people to support community projects;
-           Donations towards schools or learning centers and facilitating the participation of young people in leadership trainings;
-           Inviting young Interactors and Rotaractors to attend the meetings of the Rotary Club sponsor.
Another opportunity is to access the Rotary International programs such as:
-           Promote sponsored Rotaract and Interact organizations among young people and the chance to participate in short-term and long-term exchange programs;
-           Invite and support young people of Rotaract and Interact to participate in RYLA camps;
-           Invite young people participants of youth exchange programs (YEP) to join existing Interact and Rotaract or have the initiative of setting up new clubs.
 
Through our programs, it is important that we continue to support the education of the younger generation. This issue requires just as much attention as we give to preventing early school abandonment and reducing illiteracy. To this end, at district level, a committee will determine the specific initiatives we can implement.
 
Even more important is to keep a place in our heart for young people. From there, at the right time, will flourish the desire to inspire, motivate and support those who will give our dreams wings to fly again and carry them into the future!
 
With deep friendship,
Daniel
Governor 2015-2016 Rotary District 2241
 

AUGUST 2015 ROTARY MEMBERSHIP MONTH

Dear friends,

The past six months have given me the opportunity of meeting over 60 clubs, 57 of which during my club visits. These meetings, as well as the district events where we enjoy seeing each other and exchanging ideas, have further confirmed my conviction that we are a powerful and mature district, with extraordinary colleagues who humbly contribute their time, skills or talents to their communities.

Congratulations and thank you for everything you have accomplished as part of Rotary!

I have been honored by the friendship you have shown me every time and the desire to share the joy of the success of each of your projects. I am also grateful for your frankness in approaching more delicate issues of your club activity, as well as for your excellent cooperation in finding solutions in the spirit of friendship and with the always positive Rotarian attitude.

The moments of 2015 are beginning to fade away one by one and with them our great fears for the year, our disappointments and passing failures leaving behind only the memory of our achievements and accomplishments. The smiling face of a child we’ve offered support to, the words of a mother whose child was saved through our contribution, the spirit of the Rotary meetings. The new year is approaching bringing with it the feeling of great changes that, in the weeks and months after 1 January 2016, will make our life more beautiful, fulfilling and meaningful and us more open to enjoying what each new day has to offer.

Until this year, in Rotary, December was known as “Family Month”. As of 2015, Rotary International wishes to dedicate it to health care prevention and awareness. From one perspective or the other, this month is always filled with hope and happiness, lived in the warmth of a festive home and the joy of being among friends and family.

My thoughts go out to you as I wish you happy holidays, the best of health and may you accomplish your dreams!
 
With deep friendship,
Daniel
Governor 2015-2016 Rotary District 2241
 

JULY 2015 - WELCOME TO THE NEW 2015-2016 ROTARIAN YEAR

July is when we welcome the new Rotarian leaders. Clubs around the world have new presidents to channel the positive energy of their new executive leadership. Now is the time to look back with respect and appreciation for the achievements of our predecessors and be grateful to them. Thanks to them, our starting line advances year after year.
 
In 2015-2016, we have a new President of Rotary International, our charismatic colleague K.R. Ravindran, as well as a new presidential theme – Be a Gift to the World! - to inspire many projects to come. We are all adults and we’ve received important gifts throughout our lives.  First, the gift of life for which we must thank the heavens and our parents. Then, one by one, we received love, caring and safety. We received an education, learning and developing each of the skills that define us. The wonderful places we have seen, the people we have met, so dear to us, all have been gifts given to us. This year we can bring forth our most valuable quality, clearest thought, most authentic and profound feelings. And if you ever wonder how you can be a gift to the world, know this:
  • every time we prevent a child from going to sleep hungry, we are a gift;
  • every time we wipe the tears from a mother’s eyes, granting her child access to treatment she cannot afford, we are a gift;
  • every time we make an orphan child smile, we are a gift.
Dear friends, this year, I want to ask you to bring into your families and communities the gifts of compassion, friendship and understanding. Bring forth the gifts of intelligence, self-respect and action, may your lives become overall happier and full of meaning.
 
Be a gift to yourselves and especially to others!
 
With deep friendship,
Daniel
Governor 2015-2016 Rotary District 2241
 

MARCH 2015:

Dear friends in Rotary,
 
In March, Rotary International celebrates “Literacy Month". According to UNESCO, 774 million adults around the world are illiterate. In general, when we think of illiteracy, we imagine Sub-Saharan Africa, a few Arab or Asian countries and some forgotten places around the world. In all honesty, thinking about such drama, we feel mostly calm and detached. It happens elsewhere, to others, far away. We might even gather at a ball to raise funds for the poor unfortunate children abroad. But, to our surprise, reality hits and we find we are the Africa of Europe!
 
One of two Romanian 15 year old teenagers  has difficulty reading and understanding a text!  This means, 53% of Romanian teenagers are functional illiterates, twice as many as the EU average (24%).
 
One in five young Romanians is an elementary school graduate, with only eight years of studies. The rate of young people abandoning their education after elementary school, places Romania among the top five European states facing early school leaving.
 
In Romania, the rate of early school leaving has tripled in 2007 compared to 2000 and over 70,000 children are currently forced to work instead of studying, according to a report by non-governmental organizations. The type of labor children are forced into make them an extremely vulnerable social category. In order to survive, they are forced to beg, deal drugs, wash windshields or engage in sexual activity and risk being physically and psychophysically abused daily.  One third of the children forced into labor are illiterate, 40% have reduced ability to read and write, one in five of these children have never been to school and one in eight children attending school are Roma.
 
In 2010, PDG Daniel Condurache stated:
 
Romania and the Republic of Moldova provide ever more examples regarding the limited access to education and this occurs mostly in rural areas. Tens of kilometers on foot carrying a school bag, poor families who struggle to survive one day at a time, lack of income, children forced into labor from a young age to bring home an income - these are causes of deep concern for Romania.
If we were to imagine a situation of social education, the schools and teachers would be the key factors that can have a  positive influence in a child’s life. Aware of the importance of education and its role in social inclusion, Francis Bacon said “Reading maketh a full man; conference a ready man; and writing an exact man.”
 
Even today these words ring true and as Rotarians, it is important that we try and address this problem. In all that we are and that we accomplish, we like to think ourselves part of an elite responsible for enlightening the country and its people. Let’s be honest: how many of us would still be here today if we hadn’t attended a Romanian school, as it was 50 years ago?! How many of us, today, would recognize ourselves in the mirror if we hadn’t struggled with the ABC?!
 
None would have imagined that the country with the highest number of Olympiad students would also have the highest number of illiterates. Truthfully, this is intolerable! We cannot accept, nor witness Romania becoming the top illiterate country in Europe. We could even organize a ball to resist this terrible phenomenon! Or not. Or, perhaps, we can do much more.
 
It’s only up to us, every single one of us. This is why, I ask you, dear friends in Rotary, to come together once more for the Enlightenment that comes from books. I look forward to your ideas and initiatives for a new district project. Somewhere, in the darkness of illiteracy, a child needs our help.
 
Light up Rotary!

Yours in Rotary Service
Petrisor Diculescu
Governor 2014-2015 Rotary District 2241

 

 

 

 

FEBRUARY 2015:

Dear friends in Rotary,
 
On February 23, 2015, we celebrate 110 years of Rotary - 34000 clubs created over 11 decades convey the Rotary spirit.
 
With an impressive collection of activities carried out for a better world, we are not only the oldest service organization, but also the most prestigious.
 
February is dedicated to promoting better understanding among people and this is more than a slogan. Rotary, in partnership with prestigious universities, is working to promote peace and conflict resolution. Rotarians are ambassadors of peace capable of making a difference in the world.
 
The eradication of polio remains a priority, as does the financial support this requires. But let’s not forget the thousands of volunteers involved in administering the vaccine, an act of courage, sometimes accompanied by tears and blood. The true heroes are those who go from door to door to inform people and administer immunization.
 
On this anniversary I would like to thank you for your part in the life of your clubs and communities and to invite you to participate wholeheartedly and with conviction in the district project Save a Child’s Heart.
 
Light up Rotary!

Yours in Rotary Service
Petrisor Diculescu
Governor 2014-2015 Rotary District 2241

 

 

 

 

JANUARY 2015:

Dear friends in Rotary,

I wish you and your families a Happy New Year! In turn, I would also like to thank you all for your
warm wishes.
 
I hope you had the chance to celebrate the new year with people dear to you. In 2015, I wish you
all the best, but most of all I wish that you find the energy to make your dreams come true in
Rotary.
 
For many of us, the new year is an opportunity to start great projects or carry on last year’s
successful initiatives. As Rotarians, you should think about Rotary’s place in your lives. Ask
yourselves if you live your every day by the values, the principles, the objectives or the four way
test used of Rotary. I would like to see each Rotarian wearing the PHF (Paul Harris Fellowship)
pin, not as a trophy, but with pride for what Rotary stands for: honesty, ethics, leadership,
fellowship, Service above self!
 
Rotary is first of all a matter of the heart. Rotarians from all over the world strive to bring
peace and conflict prevention, work to prevent and treat diseases like Poliomyelitis, support
maternal and child’s health, organize basic education and alphabetization, develop and consolidate
the economy in their local communities.
 
I hope with all my heart that this year will bring you plenty of joy and satisfaction and that you
will join in to Light Up Rotary!

Yours in Rotary Service
Petrisor Diculescu
Governor 2014-2015 Rotary District 2241

 

 

 

 

DECEMBER 2014:

Dear friends,

December bears witness to the success of our Rotarians in the greater Rotary family. Following in the footsteps of Agripa Popescu in 1938, PDG Corneliu Dinca is named RI Director of Zone 19.

The Rotary year begins in July; in August we celebrate membership month, it’s New Generation month in September, October focus on vocational service, so on and so forth. The calendar draws our attention to different Rotary subjects and reminds us to speak of important subjects we would otherwise overlook during a busy Rotarian year. All of these are part of what Rotary does, what it is and what each of us is doing in Rotary.

In Rotary, December is Family Month. Looking back over my years as a Rotarian, I’ve seen how important the Rotary family is - and how important Rotary can be for our own families. I hope in this Rotary year, you will encourage your family members to join Rotary, Rotaract or Interact.

In Rotary we serve together. With Rotary we always find interesting stories to share over dinner. We are all involved in different areas of service, in our own different clubs so when we get together we speak of humanitarian needs around the world.

You can always learn something new. Our conversations are another wonderful way of teaching our children through our activity what is truly important in life. They learn about life in different corners of the world, but also about what each of us can do to help. There are no better lessons for our families then the lessons learned in Rotary.

It’s Family Month and at the end of the year, families gather in peace to share wonderful moments during the holiday season. The holiday spirit with the family should also be find its way in Rotary and bring us together at club dinners or charity balls organized this time of year.

It is time to thank the 70 clubs I have visited for the interest shown and for their overall activity in Rotary.

Together with my friends of the District Committee, I would like to wish you the best of health, happiness and success in the New Year. I wish you will find yourselves in the LIGHT UP ROTARY theme today and in the upcoming year and that you will be just as devoted to those who need support and friendship.

Yours in Rotary Service
Petrisor Diculescu
Governor 2014-2015 Rotary District 2241

 

 

 

 

NOVEMBER 2014:

Dear friends,
 
As you know, in the annual Rotary calendar, November is dedicated to the Rotary Foundation, a non-profit organization financed exclusively through voluntary contributions from Rotarians and friends who share their desire for a better world. Last year, Rotarians from all over the world donated a record of $123 million to the Rotary Foundation Annual Fund.
 
To the general public, the Rotary Foundation is an important charity organization, with a rating of 68.57 out of 70 for transparency on Charity Navigator. To Rotary, the Rotary Foundation is simply a means of satisfying human needs through global and district grants used for vaccinating children across the world to end polio, drafting reports to maintain and promote peace and building friendships through Vocational Team Training.
 
Let’s renew our commitment through contributions to the Foundation programs, especially to our cause of eradicating polio around the world. At the same time, clubs should focus on using the Foundation programs for the good of the community.
 
By now, you know about the new financing model and I’ve noticed you are taking advantage of the Foundation’s financing opportunities for primary services - humanitarian projects and vocational training - and this will certainly have a sustainable impact. 
 
I urge each Rotarian to consider direct donations to the Foundation through EREY (Every Rotarian, Every Year). Through your projects, get involved in the life of the community and you will definitely Light Up Rotary!
 
Yours in Rotary Service
Petrisor Diculescu
Governor 2014-2015 Rotary District 2241
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

OCTOBER 2014:

Dear friends,
 
Understanding the concept of Vocational Service can completely change your perception of work and life. Your profession is more than a means of earning your living; it’s an opportunity to become an active member of the community, helping improve the lives of others.
So, what is Vocational Service? Paul Harris once wrote: ‘Every Rotarian is a link between Rotary ideals and their own profession'. Vocational Service is how Rotary achieves service ideals by engaging all professions, a responsibility shared by clubs and members alike.
 
The role of the club is to apply and encourage the achieving the goals of its initiatives by allowing members to use their professional talents in the service of the community. The role of the members is to make these initiatives possible, themselves or through their professions.
 
The vocational service programs provide excellent opportunities to become involved in the business community at local and district level. And this is exactly what will happen in November at the Vocational Forum, where you are invited to participate.
 
Yours in Rotary Service
Petrisor Diculescu
Governor 2014-2015 Rotary District 2241
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

SEPTEMBER 2014:

Dear friends,
 
I hope you’ve made the most of the summer holiday and you are now back to your daily activities and your Rotary clubs, full of energy and motivated to accomplish your club’s objectives.
I am once again on tour, visiting clubs and I admit I’m very impressed with what I’ve seen so far. Each club, with its own identity, makes use of its independence, while keeping to the Rotarian objectives. In most clubs, I’ve seen enthusiasm, professionalism and fellowship among members.
 
This is New Generation month. According to the decision of the latest Council on Legislation, “youth service” is a distinct service, as significant as club service, vocational service, community service and international service. So, think of the young generation!
 
•           Does your club take part in the youth exchange program?
•           Has your club named a participant for the RYLA camps?
•           Has your club done something in support of young people?
 
These questions are not meant to be rhetorical. The Rotarian spirit comes from the heart. Young people happily join us, they make things happen and I believe together we can light up Rotary!
 
Yours in Rotary Service
Petre Diculescu
Governor D2241
2014 – 2015
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

AUGUST 2014:

Dear friends,
Increasing Rotary membership has been on my mind for a while now. Why, with so many service projects completed by the 113 clubs in our district, with so many lives changed for the better, increasing membership continues to be a challenge for so many clubs?
 
I strongly believe that, for clubs to increase membership, they should begin with a strategic planning exercise, spanning over several years. By doing so, clubs will be able to define their vision (aligned with the District Vision) and develop projects of greater impact, that are sustainable and bring positive change in the community, ensuring their continuity from past to present and into the future.
 
Implementing this vision, we will have a greater chance of showing the public all the positive things Rotary does. The purpose is to inspire people to join Rotary because they believe in our cause and in our work.
As a Rotarian, I matter because...is a sentence we all, as Rotarians, should be able to finish. Only once we find the answer to this personal question will we be able to go out into the community and inspire others to become like us.
 
I take this opportunity to remind clubs of the best practices for increasing membership and ensuring retention:
  • Reintegration of valuable former members;
  • Complete the qualification survey to identify missing vocations, thus enabling a focused search for new members;
  • Allow a New Member Orientation Period;
  • Invite the family to participate in the induction ceremony of the new member;
  • Increase the number of women members in the club;
  • Hold pleasant and informed weekly meetings;
Last, but not least, build your club to reach at least 25 members.
Good luck!
 
Yours in Rotary Service
Petrisor Diculescu
Governor 2014-2015 Rotary District 2241​

 

 

 

 

JULY:

Dear Rotarians of District 2241,
 
I wish to thank each one of you for your commitment and for sharing the ROTARY vocation during the past year. Surely each one of you helped PDG Marian Mocan in achieving his objective in ROTARY of bringing about positive change. Thank you, Marian, for your commendable activity and the perspectives created for this upcoming year.
 
Through the new presidential theme, LIGHT UP ROTARY, RI President Gary C.K. Huang encourages Rotary members to spread the light of Rotary, exchange ideas of service and consolidate our clubs. ROTARY DAY is a great opportunity for clubs to apply the LIGHT UP ROTARY theme.
 
The Rotary Days brochure will certainly be helpful:
https://www.rotary.org/myrotary/en/document/102696
 
I look forward to working with each of you, I have faith in the district team I have chosen and I want to thank all my friends in Rotary fir their trust and support.
 
With your help and inspiration, there is hope to light up ROTARY and continue to provide service above self as it has for 110 years. I will see you soon.
 
Petrisor Diculescu
Governor of District 2241
in tot ceea ce am trăit până acum, am tras o concluzie simplă și clară. Dacă ai încredere și „îți urmezi inima”, visul devine realitate. Pentru mine, visul a fost să servesc prin Rotary. Astăzi trăiesc acest vis.

Cu prietenie,
Milian Sopoian
Guvernator 2017-2018
District 2241-România și Republica Moldova

Septembrie 2017

Dragi prieteni,

Luna septembrie este marcată de începutul școlii. Este luna în care, pentru mulți tineri, începe „un nou an”. Rotary Internațional denumește această lună „New Generation Month”.

Cu toții ne dorim să trăim într-o sociatate echilibrată, iar responsabilitatea creării acestui echilibru este a noastră, a tuturor. De aceea, este esențial să ne îndreptăm atenția asupra generațiilor care ne urmează. Tinerii de ieri sunt adulții de astăzi, la fel cum mulți dintre rotaractienii de ieri astăzi ne sunt colegi în Rotary. Construirea unui viitor mai bun pentru tineri înseamnă să investim în ei, să creăm oportunități și să-i ajutăm să le valorifice și, implicit, să le oferim contextul în care ei să beneficieze de un start mai bun în viață decât generațiile anterioare.

Să nu uităm, însă, că puterea exemplului este pe cât de imporantă, pe atât de puternică. Un rotarian poate fi un mentor excelent pentru un tânăr sau chiar un grup de tineri. De aceea, încurajez toate cluburile din districtul nostru să sprijine Interact și Rotaract, iar acolo unde aceste cluburi nu există, să creeze noi organizații de tineret. Tinerii vor putea astfel să-și șlefuiască calitățile de leadership, să se implice activ în viața comunității, să înțeleagă mai bine lumea în care trăiesc și să lege noi prietenii constructive.

În perioada 31 august - 3 septembrie, la Iași, a avut loc Conferința cluburilor Interact din districtul nostru. Vreau să mulțumesc pe această cale tuturor cluburilor Rotary care au facilitat participarea interactienilor la acest eveniment. Felicit rotarienii si rotaractienii implicați în buna desfășurare a conferinței, care a fost una de excepție.

Tot în luna septembrie (14-15 septembrie 2017), la Centrul Cultural Nicăpetre din Brăila va avea loc Forumul Vocațional Rotary, unde dorim să creăm un spațiu de întâlnire și dialog autentic între rotarieni și rotaractieni. Vă îndemn să profitați de această oportunitate pentru a realiza noi conexiuni și a le întări pe cele deja existente.

În final, parafrazându-l pe Ian Riseley, președintele Rotary International (2017-2018), doresc să punctez faptul că Interactul și Rotaractul sunt mai mult decât viitorul Rotary - ei sunt prezentul și viitorul comunităților noastre.

Cu prietenie,
Milian Sopoian
Guvernator 2017-2018
District 2241-România și Republica Moldova

August 2017

Dragi prieteni,

Ce defineşte un club Rotary? Cred că nu puteam vorbi despre Rotary fără să vorbim de oamenii minunaţi care sunt esenţa acestei mişcări globale. Luna aceasta ni se oferă prilejul în care noi toţi, reflectând la calitatea de membru, putem conştientiza frumuseţea vieţii rotariene.

Camaraderia reprezintă liantul cel mai puternic care ne uneşte. Integritatea în acţiunile noastre este ceea ce ne defineşte. Diversitatea ne caracterizează iar serviciul adus comunităţii este instrumentul prin care fiecare membru Rotary aduce plusvaloare în vieţile celor din jur.

Rotary presupune dezvoltarea de noi lideri. Fiecare membru este un lider, lider de club, lider de proiect, lider al unui comitet, lider în domeniul lui de activitate şi exemplele ar putea continua. Vă încurajez ca în cluburile voastre să promovaţi diversitatea membrilor şi împreună să lucrăm la îmbunătăţirea procesului de recrutare şi menţinere a acestora. La nivel strategic Districtul 2241 şi-a setat următoarele obiective ce vizează domeniul membership pentru anul 2017-2018:
   1. Creşterea efectivului cu cel puţin 2 membrii în fiecare club
   2. Elaborarea unor noi strategii de retenţie a membrilor.

Cred că aceste obiective pot fi atinse de către fiecare club din districtul nostru şi astfel noi toţi vom contribui la consolidarea mişcării rotariene din România şi Republica Moldova.

Fiecare din noi avem un rol în Rotary. Fiecare membru din cluburile noastre s-a alăturat pentru a fi parte din ceva mare. De aceea este important ca toţi să primească şansa de a-şi aduce aportul la activităţile zilnice ale clubului. Pentru că, un membru implicat este motivat să facă bine pentru club şi pentru comunitate.

Îndemnul meu final cu ocazia „Rotary Membership Month” este să încercăm toţi împreună să creştem lideri în cluburile noastre şi să atragem alături de noi membrii care să dezvolte un puternic sentiment de apartenenţă la Rotary.

Cu prietenie,
Milian Sopoian
Guvernator 2017-2018
District 2241-România și Republica Moldova

Iulie 2017

Dragi prieteni,

Începe un nou an rotarian în care avem datoria să continuăm munca depusă de membrii districtului 2241 în decursul anilor, făcând conexiunea între serviciul în folosul umanității și diferența calitativă generată de spiritul Rotary: de la "Rotary Serving Humanity" la "Rotary Making a Difference"

Felicit echipa districtuală din mandatul 2016-2017 și pe toți rotarienii implicați în proiectele din acest an.

Consider că prietenia, respectul, toleranța și înțelegerea în cadru clubului și în District sunt principali factori care stau la baza tuturor succeselor ulterioare.Întărirea și consolidarea acestora vreau să devină proiectul meu de suflet în acest an, și vă invit pe toți alături de mine să-l realizăm.

Președintele RI 2017-2018, Ian H.S. Riseley a spus: „ Pentru mine, Rotary nu se definește prin ceea ce suntem, ci prin ceea ce facem, prin potențialul pe care Rotary ni-l oferă și prin modurile prin care materializăm acest potential în servicii durabile și pline de relevanta”

În perioada 31.10.-05.11.2017 va avea loc GETS-ul pentru Zonele 19 si 20B și Institutul Rotary Carpathia 2017, Cluj Napoca, un mare eveniment care ne onorează, și care în același timp este o provocare pentru noi. Avem ocazia să confirmăm evolutia deosebită pe care a avut-o Rotary în Districtul 2241 - România și Republica Moldova in ultimi ani.

Sunt convins că noi toți, sprijiniți de echipa districtuală, vom reusi să facem diferența între a fi sau a nu fi rotarian, în comunitățile noastre.

Cu prietenie,
Milian Sopoian
Guvernator 2017-2018
District 2241-România și Republica Moldova

Iunie 2017

Dragi prieteni, 

Luna iunie este “începtul unui sfârșit” de mandat de Guvernator, mandat pe care mi l-ați încredințat prin alegerea mea în această onorantă funcție. Nădăjduiesc că mi-am făcut pe deplin datoria față de această minunată organizație din care am ales să facem parte, așa cum am speranța că eforturile pe care echipa Districtuală din mandatul 2016 – 2017 le-a făcut pentru cluburile din România și Republica Moldova au fost apreciate de fiecare dintre voi.

A fost un an frumos, interesant, provocator, emoționant. Pentru mine personal a fost o experiență deosebită, care mi-a întărit credința că Rotary District 2241 este o organizație puternică, în care comunitățile locale pot găsi un sprijin. Evident nu suntem aici să rezolvăm marile probleme ale acestei nații, dar suntem aici pentru a pune umărul la dezvoltarea unor domenii vulnerabile. Consider că ați reușit să faceți acest lucru, sa vă puneți toată experiența profesională, dar și resurse financiare, în a face lumea mai bună pentru elevi, persoane în vârstă, copii și adulți bolnavi, copii și adulți cu nevoi materiale, copii și adulți excepționali.

Am radiografiat în mandatul de Guvernator cluburile din cadrul District 2241 și am o imagine mai clară în legătură cu neajunsurile organizației, dar cred că împreună cu colegii mei putem propune și câteva soluții. Vom face acest lucru în cadrul întâlnirilor viitoare ale forurilor Rotary.

Țin să vă trimit fiecăruia dintre voi un gând bun pentru ajutorul dat în mandatul 2016 – 2017. Așa cum gândul meu bun se îndreaptă acum către Emilian Sopoian, viitorul Guvernator Rotary District 2241, căruia îi urez succes în activitate.

Cu prietenie,
Mircea Ștefan Solovăstru
Guvernator 2016-2017
District 2241 România și Republica Moldova

Mai 2017

Dragi prieteni, 

Tema lunii mai este un motiv de bucurie pentru mine personal, și cred că sunt și în asentimentul multor colegi din cadrul District 2241. “Youth Service Month” este propunerea Rotary International pentru luna mai, o temă care se pliază perfect pe acțiunile pe care District 2241 a reușit să le realizeze în ultima perioadă. Acțiuni care au adus alături de noi foarte mulți tineri, din toate structurile organizației, tineri pe care i-am implicat în proiectele cluburilor ce se derulează în cele două țări, dar și în luarea unor decizii pentru viitorul organizației. M-am bucurat să văd că există o resursă foarte importantă de idei, de entuziasm, de ambiție și de dorința de a reuși din partea mai tinerilor noștri colegi. Dacă ne dorim ca Rotary să fie o organizație care gândește pentru viitor, suntem obligați să le acordăm tinerilor care vin alături de noi toată atenția cuvenită. Răspundem astfel și cerințelor legate de regulamentele internaționale de a primi în cadrul cluburilor de seniori, noi membri ce provin din Rotaract sau Interact.

Dincolo însă de diferite formalități este important să credem în valoarea celor pe care îi invităm să fie alături de noi, să le oferim tot sprijinul necesar și să le împărtășim din experiențele noastre.

Vom aborda acest subiect, pe lângă multe altele, și la Conferința Districtuală Rotary de la Tulcea. În atmosfera minunată a Deltei Dunării vom putea reflecta la ce avem de făcut în privința mai tinerilor noștri colegi și cum putem să devenim, împreună, mai puternici. Conferința se desfășoară în perioada 11 – 14 mai, la Tulcea. http://conferintadistrictuala.ro

Cu prietenie,
Mircea Ștefan Solovăstru
Guvernator 2016-2017
District 2241 România și Republica Moldova

Aprilie 2017

Dragi prieteni, 

Rotary International dedică luna aprilie unui subiect care trebuie să ne preocupe în mod direct și pe noi, rotarienii din District 2241, cel puțin din perspectiva de a avea în viitor o societate sănătoasă, pe care să ne putem baza.

În această lună, Rotary acordă mai multă atenție sănătății mamei și copilului, și nu doar din punct de vedere medical mi-aș permite să adaug aici. Cel puțin așa aș vrea să cred că este de datoria noastră, a unei organizații în care deseori punem familia pe primul loc, să oferim un exemplu pentru societate și să punem umărul ca unele lucruri să se îmbunătățească. Pornesc de la exemplul personal, fiind tată a trei copii minunați, și pot afirma că sunt în cunoștiință de cauză când spun că un mediu familial sănătos este esențial pentru ca ei să crească oameni de nădejde. Cel puțin eu așa îmi doresc să crească ei: Ștefania, Cezar, Ecaterina. Sunt situații însă când, diverse motive îi împiedică pe părinți să acorde toată atenția necesară copiilor. Pot aminti aici situațiile de-a dreptul dramatice ale copiilor abandonați în țară de părinții plecați la muncă în străinătate, copii care sunt condamnați să crească “nesănătos”, ca să rămânem la tema lunii aprilie. Nu vreau să invoc aici motivele pentru care s-a ajuns aici, dar vreau să ne gândim dacă putem să facem ceva în a îmbunătăți această generație. Mai sunt și alte exemple, poate mai accesibile de gestionat pe plan local, la nivelul cluburilor. Mamele abuzate de soți și de copii violenți, de persoane din anturajul lor care nu se sfiesc să lovească, să jignească.

Colaborarea cu centre de asistență social dedicate acestui subiect poate reprezenta începutul unui proiect care, derulat pe termen lung, aduce beneficii comunității locale, poate însănătoși societatea. Știu că nu este ușor, știu că am putea spune că nu e neapărat treaba noastră, dar merită să încercăm să ne gândim și la aceste lucruri, având în vedere că istoria ultimilor ani ne-a demonstrat că împreună putem să face lucruri deosebite prin care am schimbat destine.

Cu prietenie,
Mircea Ștefan Solovăstru
Guvernator 2016-2017
District 2241 România și Republica Moldova

Martie 2017

Dragi prieteni, 
Luna martie reprezintă un nou restart în activitățile noastre zilnice, fie că ne referim la activitățile profesionale sau cele vocaționale, din interiorul organizației Rotary District 2241 România și Republica Moldova. Lăsăm deoparte temperaturile scăzute și ne uităm cu încredere la primăvara anului 2017 și la proiectele pe care le avem de pus în practică pentru a sprijini comunitățile locale. Rotary International dedică luna martie prevenției, sănătății, în special la copii, care nu au acces la sisteme de apă potabilă și canalizare. Dincolo de orice statistici care arată că la nivel mondial sunt milioane de copii cu probleme și care își pierd viața din cauza acestor lipsuri, trebuie să ne uităm atent la ce se întâmplă și aproape de noi. De regulă, principalele probleme de acest gen apar în țări catalogate drept “din lumea a treia”, dar trebuie să recunoaștem că și în cele două țări ale District 2241 sunt situații asemănătoare care pot fi rezolvate, în primul rând, prin mai multă bunăvoință din partea factorilor de decizie. Putem, noi rotarienii, să întindem o mână de ajutor și să punem la dispoziția comunităților locale expertiza noastră profesională pentru a face lumea mai bună. Pași concreți în această direcție pot fi făcuți și prin susținerea unor proiecte în educația ecologică. Trebuie să îi învățăm pe tineri, dar deopotrivă și pe adulți, cât de importantă este această resursă, apa, și să conștientizeze că acțiunile lor au efect asupra vieții pe care o vor avea moștenitorii lor. De aceea vă încurajez să acordați o atenție deosebită acestui subiect în perioada următoare.
La începutul lunii, 10 – 12 martie, ne vom reîntâlni la Cluj Napoca pentru a participa la sesiunile de instruire din cadrul PETS 2017, cunoscând faptul că prezența președinților aleși ai cluburilor din District 2241 este obligatorie, pentru ca la 1 iulie 2017 mandatele acestora să înceapă în conformitate cu regulamentele Rotary.
Vă doresc să aveți o primăvară frumoasă!
Cu prietenie,
Mircea Ștefan Solovăstru
Guvernator 2016-2017
District 2241 România și Republica Moldova

Februarie 2017

Dragi prieteni, 
Luna februarie reprezintă pentru Rotary o perioadă în care trebuie să fim mai atenți la un subiect care, din păcate, este tot mai des întâlnit în foarte multe medii și societăți la nivel mondial, de cele mai multe ori în contexte dificile. Fac referire aici la conflicte, în termeni generali referindu-ne la războaie, revoluții sau alte forme prin care se manifestă acest flagel la nivel mondial. Avem însă în aceste zile tumultoase pe care le trăim câteva exemple care ne arată că la cel mai înalt nivel întreținerea unor conflicte sau generarea unora noi a devenit chiar o strategie, uneori transformată în artă. La ce am putea să ne așteptăm dacă în societăți declarate foarte democratice, cu principii puternice și cu o imagine solidă se întâmplă niște lucruri în care noțiuni ca pacea, soluționarea conflictelor rămân simple deziderate pe hârtie.
Tocmai aici intervine rolul nostru și al organizației pe care o reprezentăm. Așa cum prin programele pe care le derulăm la nivelul comunităților în care ne desfășurăm activitatea reușim să facem lucruri mici, dar consistente, comparabile uneori cu “o picătură într-un ocean”, așa suntem datori să ne implicăm și să tratăm subiectul aplanării conflictelor cu cea mai mare responsabilitate. Sunt convins că există în între noi, rotarienii din District 2241, mici conflicte, mici disensiuni de opinie și viziune, dar o atitudine deschisă și camaraderească ne va ajuta să depășim astfel de stări. Una dintre căile de rezolvarea o reprezintă dialogul, discuția deschisă despre sursa conflictului și identificarea soluțiilor pentru aplanarea acestuia. Dacă vom reuși în primul rând noi să demonstrăm că se poate acest lucru, vom fi capabili să le arătăm și altora că este posibil și poate lumea devine mai bună. E doar un vis?
Un vis a avut poate și Paul Harris atunci când, în 23 februarie 1905, înființa Rotary. Visul s-a transformat în viziune, în proiecte, în programe care au schimbat lumea și au adus uneori și pacea. 112 ani de Rotary vom marca în luna februarie motiv pentru care vă adresez sincere felicitări că sunteți parte din această minunată organizație. La mulți ani, Rotary!
Cu prietenie,
Mircea Ștefan Solovăstru
Guvernator 2016-2017
District 2241 România și Republica Moldova

Ianuarie 2017

Dragi prieteni, 

Avem deseori tendința de a ne îndruma copiii în viață, de a le arăta și chiar recomanda anumite meserii, profesii prin intermediul cărora să se realizeze la rândul lor. Ne asigurăm că au acces la un sistem de învățământ performant, fie că vorbim de gimnaziu, liceu sau facultate, și le împărtășim din experiențele noastre. Așa au făcut la rândul lor, părinții și bunicii noștri atunci când au fost puși în fața alegerii unui viitor profesional pentru cei foarte dragi lor. Există și cazuri în care mulți dintre noi am ales poate altă cale decât cea pe care și-ar fi dorit-o familia. Cred că dincolo de profesia pe care o exercităm acum, plusul pe care îl aducem noi în această minunată organizație Rotary este ceea ce putem oferi comunităților în care ne desfășurăm activitatea și bazându-ne pe spiritual vocațional să realizăm proiecte în domenii de actualitate pentru Rotary: educație, sănătate, social. Rotary Internațional acordă o atenție deosebită acestui subiect și are dedicate două luni din an temei serviciului vocațional. Privesc cu drag la ce a făcut Rotary District 2241 în ultimii ani în România și Republica Moldova, cum a reușit, grație calității membrilor săi și a dorinței lor de a fi de folos, să schimbe destine și mentalități. Am putut să observ și mai mult acest lucru prin prisma poziției pe care o ocup în acest moment și vă mărturisesc că ultimele 6 luni mi-au oferit o altfel de imagine a organizației din care fac parte. Știam că oamenii din Rotary sunt dedicați principiilor organizației, știam că prietenii noștri își sacrifică timp și resurse financiare pentru a servi în Rotary, dar vizitele la cluburile din cadrul District 2241 mi-au întărit acest sentiment și cred că împreună putem face mai mult. Putem să cooptăm în echipele de proiecte colegi care pot contribui mai mult cu expertiza lor profesională la succesul unor programe Rotary.

Țin să vă reamintesc că în această lună este programat un eveniment important pentru activitatea District 2241 și anume întâlnirea Comitetului Districtual, ce se va desfășura la Tîrgu Mureș, în perioada 27 – 29 ianuarie 2017. Vom analiza activitatea noastră de până acum și vom creiona planurile pentru perioada care urmează.

Cu prietenie,
Mircea Ștefan Solovăstru
Guvernator 2016-2017
District 2241 România și Republica Moldova

Decembrie 2016

Dragi prieteni, 
Cu bucurie mă adresez vouă, celor peste 3000 de rotarieni din District 2241, acum când ne apropiem de sfârșitul anului 2016, unul care pentru mine personal a avut foarte multe provocări. Am speranța că puteți să afirmați același lucru și despre activitatea fiecăruia dintre voi și că prin acțiunile pe care le-ați derulat la nivelul comunităților din care faceți parte ați reușit să schimbați mentalități, să arătați că rotarienii din România și Republica Moldova sunt un grup unit și dispus să ajute.
Ați făcut acest lucru lună de lună, astfel încât proiectele pe care le-ați început la nivelul cluburilor să aibă continuitate, ați reușit să acoperiți o paletă largă de probleme din domenii cheie pentru societatea actuală: educație, sănătate, social. Sper că sunteți mulțumiți de ceea ce ați reușit să faceți și vă încurajez ca pentru viitor să va fixați obiective și mai îndrăznețe.
Vă încurajez în același timp, să acordați în această lună a Familiei în Rotary, puțin mai multă atenție celor din jurul vostru. Atunci când vorbim de familie, putem înțelege la un moment dat marea familie în care ne desfășurăm activitatea profesională și cea rotariană, dar vreau să mă refer acum la familia fiecăruia dintre voi. Să dedicăm această lună în primul rând celor foarte apropiați: partenerilor de viață, copiilor și părinților, pentru că, din motive întemeiate, au fost poate ușor neglijați în anumite momente ale anului. Să nu uităm că ei sunt suportul nostru pentru ceea ce ne-am angajat să facem atât pe plan profesional, cât și în Rotary. Tot în această lunp a Familiei în Rotary, să îi aducem aproape pe prietenii adevărați și să petrecem momente plăcute din care poate se nasc idei pentru anul 2017, pentru ceea ce ne dorim să facem atât în plan personal, cât și profesional.
Pentru Rotary District 2241 anul 2017 este unul plin de provocări și de responsabilități, marcarea a 100 de ani de la nașterea Fundației Rotary fiind unul dintre cele mai așteptate evenimente.
Vă urez să aveți un an 2017 așa cum vi-l doriți!
Cu prietenie,
Mircea Ștefan Solovăstru
Guvernator 2016-2017
District 2241 România și Republica Moldova

Noiembrie 2016

Dragi prieteni, 
Luna noiembrie este luna dedicată Fundației Rotary, iar centenarul pe care îl marcăm în acest an rotarian ne oferă un bun prilej de reflecție asupra a ceea ce a schimbat Rotary prin acțiunile Fundației în toată lumea, inclusiv în România si Republica Moldova.
Acum 100 de ani lucrurile păreau ceva mai simple față de evoluția și provocările societății actuale, desi, prin ceea ce i-a imaginat presedintele de atunci al Rotary International, Arch Klumph, si ce a demonstrat că se poate face îl putem numi pe părintele Fundației Rotary un adevărat vizionar. Este foarte adevărat că cei care i-au urmat si care nu s-au abătut de la principiile rotariene au reusit să clădească o organizație extrem de puternică în ciuda crizelor determinate de conflictele la nivel mondial.
La nivel internațional, poate cel mai cunoscut program derulat de Fundația Rotary în ultimele decenii este cel de eradicare a poliomelitei, EndPolio. Un program de succes, cu resurse financiare importante cheltuite pentru ca generațiile viitoare să crească sănătos. Suntem în faza în care această boală este aproape eradicată la nivel mondial, ceea ce nu poate decât să ne facă mândri că suntem parte din Rotary.
Dar Fundația Rotary nu înseamnă doar atât. Aplicând principiul celor 3 H – Health, Hunger, Humanity - si beneficiind de sprijin financiar consistent din partea membrilor organizației, dar și din exteriorul ei, s-au construit proiecte de care au beneficiat milioane de oameni.
Vom discuta despre rolul Fundației Rotary în perioada următoare, despre implicarea District 2241 în proiectele Fundației la întâlnirea de la Brașov, din 11 – 13 noiembrie. Vom împărtăși experiențe și ne vom pregăti pentru momentul aniversar din luna iunie 2017, Convenția Rotary de la Atlanta, unde vom afla cum putem ajuta în următorii 100 de ani pornind de la afirmația lui Arch Klumph: “Nu ar trebui să trăim doar pentru noi, ci pentru bucuria în a face bine pentru alții”.
Cu prietenie,
Mircea Ștefan Solovăstru
Guvernator 2016-2017
District 2241 România și Republica Moldova

Octombrie 2016

Dragi prieteni, 
Luna octombrie ne oferă șansa de a reflecta mai mult asupra unuia dintre principiile care guvernează activitatea rotariană: serviciul vocațional. Este activitatea prin care fiecare dintre noi punem în valoare experiența profesională personală pentru a duce la îndeplinire proiectele echipei din cluburile din care facem parte. Expertiza profesională pusă la dispoziția unei comunități este ceea ce a stat, printre altele, la baza clădirii unei organizații atât de puternice precum e Rotary International.
Din fericire, District 2241 are atât de multe exemple de oameni care s-au remarcat de-a lungul timpului prin dăruirea și implicarea personală în diferite proiecte menite să ajute comunitățile locale. Mi-ar fi imposibil fizic sa înșir aici nume sau proiecte ce au schimbat destinele unor semeni de-ai noștri. Oameni pe care îi avem printre noi și de care ar trebui să profităm zi de zi pentru know-how-ul disponibil. Vă încurajez să diseminați în cadrul întâlnirilor de club acțiuni și proiecte în care colegii noștri s-au făcut remarcați în mod deosebit, acțiuni care au scos în evidență principiul care guvernează această lună a anului rotarian 2016 – 2017.
Împărtășiți experiențele și cu tinerii din structurile District 2241 pentru că așa vom reuși să descoperim generația viitoare. Ei sunt acum în faza avansată de pregătire profesionale și orice exemplu pozitiv îi face mai valoroși. Dezbaterile pe această temă vor fi cu siguranță mai ample la Forumul Vocațional, ce se va desfăsura la sfârșitul lunii octombrie la Cluj Napoca.
Cu prietenie,
Mircea Ștefan Solovăstru
Guvernator 2016-2017
District 2241 România și Republica Moldova

Septembrie 2016

Dragi prieteni, 
Luna septembrie este una dintre acele perioade din an în care simțim că o luăm de la capăt. Vacanțele au devenit deja amintiri, stocate în diferite dispozitive electronice iar în jurul nostru începem să simțim forfota specifică reluării activității cotidiene. Și poate cea mai intensă activitate este reprezentată de debutul unui nou an școlar. Sunt convins că fiecare Rotarian din cadrul District 2241 este conectat, fie că este părinte, bunic, cadru didactic sau are orice altă implicare în sistemul de învățământ, la acest fenomen prin prisma educației pe care o oferă celor mici, noua generație pe care se va baza societatea în următorii ani.
Rotary Internațional marchează în luna septembrie, “Luna Noii Generații” și transmite tinerilor din toată lumea cât de important este aportul lor la dezvoltarea acestei minunate organizații. Dincolo de cuvinte, apar și faptele, iar acțiunile din ultimii ani ale Rotary Internațional și ale District 2241 au arătat că ne bazăm pe noua generație, că ne dorim ca ei să se implice și să dovedească încrederea ce le-a fost acordată. Tinerii rotarieni din România și Republica Moldova sunt și ei conștienți de rolul pe care îl au și de atenția care li se acordă, dar cunosc și responsabilitățile pe care și le asumă odată cu apartenența la Rotary.
Îndrăznesc să mă gândesc că “Luna Noii Generații” este un moment de reflecție și pentru rotarienii seniori din cadrul District 2241 pe care îi încurajez să acorde credit celor pe care îi dorim să devină liderii viitoarei generații. Și de aportul nostru depinde cum se formează această generație ce va activa într-o societate aflată într-o permanentă efervescență.
Este momentul de consolidare a acțiunilor prin care oferiți suport structurilor de tineret din cadrul District 2241 de a participa la toate acțiunile ce le sunt adresate, de a cunoaște proiectele în care pot fi implicați și de a folosi mijloacele prin care puteți recunoaște activitatea depusă de aceștia.
Cu prietenie,
Mircea Ștefan Solovăstru
Guvernator 2016-2017
District 2241 România și Republica Moldova

August 2016

Dragi prieteni,
"Rotary Membership Month" este tema pe care o propune Rotary International pentru luna august. Este așadar o perioadă în care trebuie să ne gândim la ce am făcut fiecare dintre noi pentru organizația din care facem parte, dar și ce acțiuni am avut pentru ca să încurajăm alți oameni să devină parte din Rotary. 
Rotary este o organizație în care oamenii sunt pilonul principal. Membrii ei sunt cei care reușesc, prin abilitățile și aptitudinile pe care le au, să îndeplinească proiecte în diferite domenii deficitare din comunitățile lor. Fără ei, fără implicarea lor în comunitate, este foarte dificil ca proiectele să aibă succes. Aceiași oameni au însă datoria ca să își folosească toată experiența rotariană pentru ca organizația, clubul, să devină mai puternice. 
De aceea vă încurajez ca în cadrul întâlnirilor din această lună să puneți mai mult accent pe relațiile umane și de colaborare în cadrul clubului, să descoperiți noi oportunități de dezvoltare a celor care au mai puțină experiență. Să le oferiți noilor membri cele mai utile informații și sugestii pentru ca ei să devină un sprijin real în realizarea proiectelor pe care vi le propuneți. O echipă puternică este întotdeauna mai eficientă și experiența acumulată va fi foarte folositoare în următorii ani. Nu ezitați să comunicați prin mijloacele pe care le aveți la dispoziție rezultatele acțiunilor pe care le organizați, punând în primul rând accent pe comunicarea către comunitatea în care vă desfășurați evenimentele.
Aveți la dispoziție nenumărate materiale și surse de inspirație puse la dispoziție de Rotary International pe site-ul rotary.org. Vă îndemn să folosiți aceste resurse și să dezbateți ideile care se desprind din ele în cadrul întâlnirilor săptămânale. Prin dialog, urmat de acțiune, vom putea împreună să ne îndeplinim misiunea pe care ne-am asumat-o atunci când am ales să facem parte din Rotary: sprijin pentru comunitate. 
Cu prietenie,
Mircea Ștefan Solovăstru
Guvernator 2016-2017
District 2241 România și Republica Moldova

Iulie 2016

Dragi prieteni,
Iată-ne la momentul de început al unui nou an rotarian, 2016 - 2017. Este un moment în care e important să aruncăm o privire asupra ceea ce am realizat în anul care s-a încheiat, să facem propria analiză a activității noastre și să ne stabilim obiective mai îndrăznețe. 
Se cuvine să le mulțumim celor care au condus destinele Districtului 2241 în anul care s-a încheiat, o echipă ce a obținut o experiență deosebită, un plus pentru toți rotarienii din cadrul District 2241. 
De regulă, luna iulie este una importantă la nivelul organizațional al cluburilor din cadrul Districtului. Se schimbă echipe, se stabilesc priorități și obiective. Este un proces normal pentru organizația noastră care vine să întărească echipa celor peste 3000 de rotarieni din România si Republica Moldova. 
De la 1 iulie și-a început mandatul și noul președinte al Rotary Internațional, distinsul John Germ care prezintă într-un mod foarte simplu rolul pe care îl poate avea fiecare rotarian în sprijinirea comunităților din care provine. "În fiecare zi în care activați pentru Rotary aveți oportunitatea de a schimba vieți. Toate aceste oportunițăți pot părea mărunte, pot părea neimportante. Dar vă asigur că nu este deloc așa. Tot ceea ce faceți contează mai ales pentru oamenii pe care îi ajutați. Trebuie să ne asigurăm că Rotary servește umanității", spune John Germ. 
Aștept cu nerăbdare să contribui, alături de fiecare rotarian din cadrul District 2241, la proiecte ce au ca țintă principală educația și sănătatea comunităților noastre. Doar așa vom putea lăsa generațiilor viitoare o bază solidă de dezvoltare.
Vă doresc succes!
Cu prietenie,
Mircea Ștefan Solovăstru
District Governor 2016-2017
District 2241 România și Republica Moldova

Iunie 2016 – Luna „Rotary Fellowships”

Dragi prieteni,

Rotary Internațional a declarat luna iunie ca fiind luna „Rotary Fellowships”.  

Așa cum au fost concepute de RI, „Rotary Fellowships” grupează membri care împărtășesc o pasiune comună pentru vocația lor sau pentru un hobby. Ele sunt organizate independent la nivel internațional și reunesc rotarieni, soți sau soții de rotarieni și rotaractieni tentați de oportunitatea de a-și face prieteni noi și de a-și îmbogăți experiența în Rotary. Aceste veritabile cercuri largi de prieteni își au debutul în 1928 când primul astfel de grup s-a constituit în jurul interesului unor rotarieni pentru limba Esperanto. Astăzi există un număr relativ mare de „Rotary Fellowships”, iar ele sunt centre de atracție pentru membrii familiei Rotary prin prisma pasiunilor pentru cele mai diverse domenii: ciclism, pescuit sportiv, golf, cultură, yachting, fotografie, scufundări, schi, șah, gătit, medicină, mediu curat, jazz și tenis. Există și unele al căror obiect are legătură directă cu Rotary: istoria internațională a Rotary, istoria și patrimoniul Rotary, timbrele cu tematică Rotary. Altele, sunt cele care ne par amuzante, cum ar fi cel adresat magicienilor. Lista este deschisă oricărei noi inițiative, care este conformă cu valorile și conduita Rotary. Deși cel mai adesea membrii unui „Fellowship” se întâlnesc prin mijlocirea internetului și schimbă informații prin intermediul publicațiilor electronice periodice, în funcție de interes au libertatea de a organiza evenimente oriunde în lume și sunt încurajați să își stabilească conferințe și întâlniri cu prilejul Convențiilor Internaționale ale RI. De asemenea, pot stabili legături și între grupuri mici sau legături individuale. Cuvintele cheie sunt pasiunea și prietenia.

Marcel Proust spunea „Să fim recunoscători celor care ne fac fericiți, ei sunt grădinarii care fac ca sufletele noastre să înflorească.”. „Rotary Fellowships” este încă un loc creat de Rotary pentru a ne facilita întâlnirea cu acești „grădinari”.

Vă doresc ca prietenia să vă rămână unul dintre cele mai dragi daruri pe care le-ați primit în Rotary, iar ea să vă ofere resursa de energie și entuziasm pentru proiectele în sprijinul comunității.
 
Daniel Tanase
District Governor 2015-2016
D2241 România și Republica Moldova

Mai 2016 – Luna Serviciului pentru tineri

Dragi prieteni,
În luna mai, gândurile, emoțiile și poate în parte acțiunile noastre se îndreaptă către cei mai tineri membri ai familiei Rotary. Luna mai este în Rotary „Youth Service Month”.
Astăzi în districtul nostru sunt prezente toate programele pentru tineri: Interact, Rotaract, RYLA, și Schimbul de tineri (YEP). Prin cele patru cluburi RotaKids sunem și între cei care își doresc ca rotarienii să sprijine și inspire tânăra generație încă din etapele timpurii de formare. Sunt multe feluri în care putem să facem ca talentul, creativitatea și aptitudinile tinerilor să se dezvolte, dar mai ales putem să facem ca ei să nu-și abandoneze țelurile. „Menține-ți treze visurile tinereții!” îndemna Friedrich Schiller. O făcea cu ceva mai mult de două secole în urmă, dar mesajul este unul actual care și-a păstrat profunzimea și prospețimea. Ca rotarieni putem avea un rol important în a sprijini progresul personal și profesional al tinerilor, recunoscând și respectând diversitatea opțiunilor și deciziilor lor.
Peste 20 de ani, calitatea vieții celor care astăzi suntem în primele linii de acțiune în cluburile Rotary va depinde de justețea și valoarea deciziilor acestor tineri, ce se vor afla la vârsta maturității. Este deopotrivă o responsabilitate și o oportunitate să îi ascultăm, sprijinim și îndrumăm. Să le facilităm contactul cu personalitățile care pot să-i inspire și să le devină modele.
Avem o paletă largă de opțiuni la nivelul cluburilor pentru a oferi suport tinerilor:
  • să recunoaștem performanța și să acordăm premii și burse tinerilor care obțin rezultate de ecxelență
  • să încurajăm tinerii să se alăture cluburilor Interact și Rotaract existente și să formeze noi cluburi
  • să promovăm programele de schimb de tineri, YEP, și să facem ca tot mai mulți să poată trăi experiența transformatoare a rafinării personalității într-un alt spațiu cultural
  • să facem cunoscute evenimentele RYLA și să facilităm participarea tinerilor la workshopurile în care învață să lucreze în echipă, să comunice eficient și să fie lideri mai buni
  • să invităm membrii Rotaract și Interact să participe alături de rotarieni la acțiuni de strângere de fonduri, voluntariat și la evenimentele districtuale pentru a-i cunoaște mai bine și a stimula dezvoltarea unor relații armonioase.
Cu câteva luni în urmă, Președintele Clubului Rotary Tulcea, Dumitru Mergeani, mi-a mărturisit că una dintre cele mai semnificative experiențe de viață, pe care Rotary i-a prilejuit-o, se datorează acestor tineri minunați cu vârste între 12 și 18 ani care au format și în Tulcea un club Interact. Într-una din zile tinerii au participat la întâlnirea săptămânală a clubului Rotary și au prezentat cazul unei fetițe care suferea de o formă de leucemie.
Tratamentul prescris părea să nu aibă efect, iar starea de sănătate a fetiței se deteriora cu repeziciune. Unul dintre interactieni aflase că ar exista posibilitatea ca printr-un transplat de măduvă osoasă boala să fie învinsă. Membrii clubului Rotary nu s-au lăsat ușor convinși. Au încercat mai degrabă să explice mult mai tinerilor colegi că sunt situații în care trebuie să acceptăm destinul și evoluțiile uneori nedrepte și tragice cu care viața îi confruntă pe unii din semenii noștri. Dar interactienii au fost și mai stăruitori. Au venit la întâlnirile următoare și au adus argumente noi. Uneori insitența lor părea exagerată. În cele din urmă colegii din Rotary s-au decis să sprijine această idee. Au organizat un concert caritabil, au strâns fondurile necesare, și mai mult, unul dintre ei s-a deplasat la centrul medical Wolfson din Tel Aviv, însoțind fetița. Intervenția chirurgicală a fost făcută, a urmat o așteptare plină de emoții pentru a se vedea evoluția. S-a confirmat în scurt timp succesul. Fetița fusese salvată. O viață datorată în bună măsură entuziasmului molipsitor și lipsit de orice fel de prejudecăți al unor tineri care în mare parte nu ajunseseră la vârsta majoratului. Și o nouă exemplificare a infuziei de dinamism, energie și însuflețire pe care tinerii o pot aduce în Rotary!  
Vă încurajez ca în perioada următoare să găsiți cele mai bune căi pentru a vă lăsa inspirați de noua generație!

Cu aleasă prietenie,
 
Daniel Tanase
District Governor 2015-2016
D2241 România și Republica Moldova

Aprilie 2016 – Luna Sănătății mamei și a copilului

Dragi prieteni,

Rotary Internațional propune ca temă a lunii aprilie una din direcțiile sale prioritare de acțiune: „Sănătatea mamei și a copilului”.  Este un domeniu în care s-au înregistrat rezultate pozitive importante în ultimele decenii și în care intensitatea mare a efortului de a progresa este încă justificată. Rapoartele Organizației Mondiale a Sănătății arată că mortalitatea în cazul copiilor cu vârste de până la cinci ani a scăzut, la nivel mondial, cu 53% față de anul 1990. În aceeași perioadă numărul deceselor mamelor, la naștere, a scăzut cu 44%. Aceleași rapoarte estimează că aproximativ șase milioane de copii cu vârste sub cinci ani s-au pierdut în 2015, iar numărul deceselor mamelor la naștere a depășit 300.000. Decaljele între țările dezvoltate și celelalte sugerează că situația globală ar putea fi mult îmbunătățită. Astfel, este de menționat că mortalitatea la naștere este de 19 ori mai mare în țările în curs de dezvoltare față de cele dezvoltate, și probabilitatea ca un copil să își piardă viața înainte de cinci ani este de opt ori mai mare, considerând aceiași termeni de comparație. Cauzele acestor decese țin cel mai adesea de lipsa asistenței medicale în perioada sarcinii, malnutriție și consumul de apă contaminată cu agenți patogeni. La nivelul întregii populații a globului, unul din patru copii suferă de înfometare, iar 45% din totalul deceselor copiilor de sub cinci ani sunt datorate subnutriției. Este o realitate resimțită în special de India și continentul african.

Problemele mamelor tinere, cu vârste între 15 și 19 ani, merită o atenție specială. Statistic s-a constatat că adolescentele care devin mame timpuriu sunt adesea victime ale violenței, sunt private de libertate și de dreptul la educație. Sunt mai expuse depresiei după naștere și riscurilor de a-și face rău sau de a-și abandona copii. Și în această privință decalajele economice par să fie corelate cu frecvența nașterilor de timpuriu. Dacă în țările sărace se înregistrează în jur de 130 de astfel de nașteri la 1.000 de locuitori, în țările dezvoltate numărul este de doar 20.

Ca rotarieni, avem oportunități să fim parte a frontului de acțiune în favoarea sănătății mamei și a copilului. Am putea-o face, în comunitatea noastră, prin inițierea unor proiecte în favoarea mamelor tinere, a copiilor abandonați sau a celor care nu își pot permite tratamente scumpe. Ne putem alătura, printr-o contribuție cât de mică, unor Granturi Globale de pe contintul african sau din India. Putem sprijini în continuare programul Polio Plus și contribui la eradicarea acestei afecțiuni care în urmă cu trei decenii era una din cauzele principale ale mortalității infantile și paraliziei în rândul copiilor.

Un exemplu de bună practică, asociat acestei direcții prioritare de acțiune în districtul nostru, îl reprezintă proiectul „Salvați inima unui copil”. Amintesc că în 2009 a început colaborarea dintre Districtul 2241 și Fundația Save a Child Heart, la inițiativa Clubului Rotary Pitești, beneficiind de entuziasmul Anei Stan, a colegilor săi și rașpunzând ideii și încurajărilor lui Victor Steinberg. Zece copii au fost selectați și sponsorizați pentru intervențiile pe cord la Spitalul Wolfson din Tel Aviv. Eforturile au fost reluate ulterior, în special, prin implicarea Magdei Iorga, a colegilor din Iași, dar și prin suportul și donațiile unui număr mare de colegi rotarieni. În total 50 de copii au fost salvați până în prezent. Am avut bucuria să văd câțiva astfel de copii jucându-se și alergând fericiți. Un drept la viață recâștigat, un surâs din nou cald și liniștit pe chipul unor mame altădată lipsite de speranță.

O componentă nouă a acestui proiect, devenit districtual, este suportul pentru crearea unui centru medical de excelență în România, unde vor putea fi operați copii cu probleme cardiace severe. Prin suportul Fundației Save a Child Heart, al Rotary D2241 România & Republica Moldova, Rotary D2490 Israel și al Gift of Life (USA), se fac eforturi pentru ca primele intervenții ale unor echipe mixte, formate din medici români și israelieni, să se facă la centrul ce va funcționa în cadrul Spitalului clinic de urgență pentru copii  Grigore Alexandrescu, până la sfârșitul acestui an. Alături de alte centre de excelență în chirurgia cardiacă pedriatică, cum ar fi cele din Târgu Mureș și Cluj, noul centru din București va face ca mai mulți copii să aibă șansa unei intervenții medicale salvatoare în România.

Să rămânem fideli scopului de a fi o forță a binelui și să avem în atenție cauzele umanitare ale comunităților noastre. Să avem puterea să manifestăm compasiune și solidaritate pentru cauzele colegilor noștri de pretutindeni devenind mai activi și mai prezenți în proiecte internaționale.

Cu aleasă prietenie,
 
Daniel Tanase
District Governor 2015-2016
D2241 România și Republica Moldova

Martie 2016 – Luna apei și menținerii igienei

Dragi prieteni,
Luna martie este luna pe care Rotary Internațional a declarat-o ca fiind „Water and Sanitation Month”. Poate mulți dintre noi se întreabă de ce furnizarea apei potabile, promovarea igienei și asigurarea canalizării definesc impreună cea de-a treia prioriate Rotary. Alimentarea din surse de apă contaminate cu agenți patogeni face ca, la fiecare 20 de secunde un copil să se stingă pe glob din cauze care țin de condițiile precare de igienă. Pare, pentru mulți, neverosimilă realitatea pe care rapoartele oficiale o arată: numărul copiilor cu vârste de până la cinci ani care mor din cauza diareei, cauzată cel mai adesea de agenții patogeni din apa contaminată, este mai mare decât al celor care se sting din cauza malariei și a SIDA la un loc. Statisticile sunt relevante: mai mult de 2.6 miliarde de semeni ai noștri nu au acces la apă potabilă și canalizare. Înte aceștia 1,4 miliarde trăiesc cu mai puțin de 1.25 dolari pe zi. Departe de a fi la fel de gravă, situația din România și Republica Moldova prezintă aspecte care pot fi mult îmbunătățite, inclusiv printr-o mai mare atenție și implicare a Rotarienilor. Un raport al Institutului Național de Statistică arăta că în 2011, în România, doar doi din cinci locuitori aveau acces la un sistem de colectare și evacuare a apelor uzate. Avem în prezent zone extinse unde mai puțin de jumătate din populație beneficiază de astfel de sisteme și, din păcate, într-unul dintre județele țării, 80% din localități nu au canalizare. În prezent un Global Grant remarcabil, in valoare de aproximativ 500.000 USD este în derulare în districtul nostru și vizează realizarea sistemului de canalizare in satul Copceac, UTA Găgăuzia, urmare a unui parteneriat realizat de Clubul Rotary Chișinău Centru cu Rotarieni din D1870 Germania. Prin inițiativa colegului nostru Florin Iliescu, District Water and Sanitation Chair, va demara în următoarele luni un proiect adresat elevilor din calsele I-IV, prin care se va promova igiena ca un mijloc de menținere a unei stări bune de sănătate. Menționez și conferința „Water and Sanitation”care se va desfășura la Cluj-Napoca în perioada 8-9 aprile, având ca temă centrală asigurarea apei curate și promovarea igienei. Evenimentul se va bucura de o participare internațională și este o inițiativă a colegilor noștri PDG Ovidiu Coș și Florin Iliescu fiind sprijinită de mulți colegi entuziaști din Cluj, de cluburile locale Rotaract și care are suportul AG Dan Duțu. Sunt doar câteva ipostaze ale atenției pe care Rotarienii din Districtul 2241 România și Republica Moldova o acordă acestei direcții prioritare de acțiune.
Luna martie este și luna în care, în fiecare an, se desfășoară seminarul de instruire al echipei districtuale (DTTS) și seminarul de instruire al președinților aleși (PETS). O primă ocazie pentru cei care vor asigura leadershipul anului următor de a se întâlni, a se informa și a concepe primele planuri pentru viitor. În același timp o minunată ocazie de a simți emoția evenimentelor Rotary care se bucură de o participare largă și reprezentativă. Succes și inspirație Guvernatorului Ales 2016- 2017 Mircea Solovăstru și celor care se pregătesc pentru a fi, în numai câteva luni, resursele de sprijin și sursele de inspirație și motivare ale Rotarienilor din Districtul 2241!
În primele zile ale lunii martie am primit și vestea excelentă a întoarcerii colegei noastre Anamaria dintr-o misiune de vaccinare anti-polio desfășurată în perioada 18-25 februarie, în India. Echipa de voluntari din care a făcut parte Asistentul Guvernator Anamaria Gândilă, a fost formată din șase membri, a fost coordonată de DRFCC PDG Albertine Perre și s-a numit „Echipa D1570 Olanda & D2241 România și Republica Moldova”. Eradicarea poliomielitei la nivel global este proiectul cel mai cunoscut al Rotary Internațional. Sprijinim prin donații voluntare an de an acest program, iar Anamaria este, pentru programul de vaccinare al PolioPlus, primul voluntar al Districtului 2241, de la înființarea acestuia. În 1997, un alt coleg remarcabil, Viorel Bunea, a participat la o acțiune de vaccinare anti-polio în Africa. Să îi prețuim și să le dăruim aprecierea noastră pentru implicare, generozitate și curaj!
În curând lucrurile vor începe să se schimbe rapid în jurul nostru. Copacii se vor acoperi de florile care anunță rodul acestui an, vom avea mai multă culoare, iar viața va fi mai vizibilă în toate formele ei pretutindeni în jur. Vă doresc ca experiența acestui frumos anotimp să vă inspire și să vă dea puterea și entuziasmul să continuați cu pasiune proiectele pe care le aveți în gând!
Cu aleasă prietenie,
 
Daniel Tanase
District Governor 2015-2016
D2241 România și Republica Moldova

FEBRUARIE 2016 - LUNA PĂCII, A PREVENIRII ȘI SOLUȚIONĂRII CONFLICTELOR

Dragi prieteni,
Luna februarie este în Rotary „Luna păcii, a prevenirii și soluționării conflictelor”.
Este o lună specială, deoarece în februarie, pe 23, aniversăm 111 ani de existență.
De la început organizația noastră a respirat aerul curat al prieteniei, unind oameni cu vârste, profesii și pasiuni diferite. Cea mai mare parte a colegilor au o personalitate puternică, văd lumea din perspective individualizate utilizând filtre diferite, bazate pe educație, experiențe din trecutul mai îndepărtat sau apropiat și sisteme de credințe proprii, chiar dacă împărtășim valori comune. Gândim diferit, convingerile noastre nu sunt identic aceleași, opiniile pe care le exprimăm poartă amprenta felului în care ne-am format. Trăim emoțiile cu o intensitate și o profunzime ce ne sunt caracteristice, iar când vine vorba despre a acționa, fiecare manifestăm un apetit mai mic sau mai mare. Diversitatea este una dintre valorile fundamentale prețuite de Rotary. Poate apărea paradoxal că tot ea este de multe ori sursa unor dezbateri aprinse, cea care pare să pună la încercare soliditatea relațiilor, fiind capabilă să nască furtuni din mai nimic. În fapt, indiferent de felul în care ne pune în contact și mișcare, acest creuzet al diversității este unul transformator și cel care ne facilitează exercițiul respectului pentru pluralitatea de idei, opinii, speranțe și emoții.
Maturitatea cluburilor într-un district este indisolubil legată de capacitatea de conciliere și nivelul bunăvoinței pe care Rotarienii și-l arată reciproc. Luna februarie este luna în care suntem invitați să reflectăm asupra modalităților în care putem contribui la prevenirea conflictelor în cluburile noastre și în afara lor, dar și asupra modalităților de soluționare a divergențelor de opinii în spiritul prieteniei, cu înțelepciunea celor care doresc să acționeze ca o forță a binelui în lume.
Mai departe de a fi preocupat de menținerea unei armonii interioare, Rotary Internațional a considerat acțiunea în favoarea păcii globale una prioritară încă de la începuturile sale. Conștient de asumarea unei misiuni dificile, Paul Haris afirma: „Drumul spre conflict și război este bine pavat, dar drumul spre pace este o sălbăticie”, sugerând că, nu să provoci incidente și neînțelegeri este dificil, ci să unești și să construiești buna înțelegere. În 1917, Președintele Rotary International Arch Klumph a înființat o entitate ce a fost redenumită doi ani mai târziu „Fundația Rotary”. Misiunea acesteia a fost definită ca fiind aceea de a sprijini buna înțelegere, bunăvoința și pacea, prin acțiuni care să îmbunătățească starea de sănătate, să sprijine educația și să reducă sărăcia. Astăzi, prin programele fundației se sprijină un număr impresionant de granturi în întreaga lume, în favoarea a mii de comunități. Reamintesc și alte repere ale Rotary International pe drumul către pace:
  • în 1940 la Convenția Internațională de la Havana, Rotary International  a adoptat o rezoluție care a devenit ulterior cadrul pentru elaborarea Declarației Drepturilor Omului;
  • în 1942 reprezentanții cluburilor Rotary din 21 de țări s-au întâlnit la Londra pentru a genera o viziune pe termen lung privind dezvoltarea educației, științei și culturii după cel de-al doilea război mondial. Această adunare a facilitat inițierea dialogului cu privire la reconstrucția sistemului educației și este recunoscută astăzi ca un precursor al UNESCO;
  • în 1945, Rotary s-a aflat în prima linie a finalizării procesului de formare a Organizației Națiunilor Unite (ONU). Este de menționat că la întâlnirea de constituire, Rotary International a fost invitată să participe cu un număr de 11 observatori, în timp ce nicio altă organizație nu a avut mai mult de 3 observatori invitați;
  • în 1985 s-a lansat proiectul PolioPlus. Fața de acea perioadă în care se raportau anual 350.000 de infectări cu virusul poliomielitei, sunt realizări remarcabile. Anul trecut pe întreg globul au fost doar 72 de cazuri de îmbolnăvire. Trebuie să ne simțim mândri că facem parte dintr-o organizație care este unul dintre actorii principali ai acestui progres.
  • în 1992 a fost declarat primul oraș Rotary al păcii (Rotary Peace City) în Australia. Astăzi sunt peste 60 de astfel de orașe în întreaga lume;
  • între 1996 și 1999 s-au pus bazele centrelor Rotary pentru pace (Rotary Peace Centers) prin stabilirea de parteneriate cu șase importante universități din Japonia, Australia, Marea Britanie, Suedia și Statele Unite;
  • tema prezidențială a anului Rotarian 2012-2013 a fost „Pace prin serviciu”, iar anul a fost dedicat prin excelență acțiunilor în favoarea păcii, prevenirii și soluționării conflictelor.
Vă doresc ca apartenența la o organizație pentru care pacea și prietenia sunt valori fundamentale să facă ca bunăvoința și armonia să se numere între cele ce vă fac viața mai frumoasă, mai profundă și mai plină de semnificații!
 
Daniel Tanase
District Governor 2015-2016
D2241 România și Republica Moldova

IANUARIE 2016 - LUNA SERVICIULUI VOCATIONAL

Dragi prieteni,
Începând din 2016, luna ianuarie este în Rotary „Luna Serviciului Vocațional”.
Vizitele pe care le-am făcut în ultimele săptămâni mi-au reconfirmat că serviciul vocațional este cel care ne dezvăluie o dimensiune esențială a organizației căreia am decis să ne alăturăm. Un spectru de profesii atât de diversificat, cum este prezent în Rotary,  ar fi aproape inutil, dacă nu ar fi pus în valoare prin această oportunitate de a servi prin intermediul talentului, calităților și competențelor dobândite și consolidate în exercitarea profesiei fiecăruia dintre noi. Am întâlnit între colegii noștri profesori dedicați care se implică în proiecte de reducere a abandonului școlar sau stimulării excelenței, medici dispuși să inițieze proiecte de club prin care să asigure servicii medicale gratuite în favoarea suferinzilor lipsiți de posibilități materiale, artiști dornici să susțină prin arta lor cauze umanitare. Este tipul de implicare prin care Rotary se afirmă ca o forță competentă și capabilă să abordeze cu succes provocări dintre cele mai diverse.
Vă mulțumesc pentru generozitatea și modestia cu care vă dăruiți deseori sub semnul profesiei ori al vocației, făcând ca viața celor care ajung în atenția noastră să devina mai bună și mai plină de speranță.
În urmă cu câteva zile, pe 15 ianuarie, am primit din partea Președintele Rotary International K.R. Ravindran o scrisoare în care ni se face cunoscut un eveniment important.
 
Conform acestui anunț, se face cunoscut că Sfinția Sa Papa Francisc va oficia o slujbă pentru Rotarieni în Piața Sf. Petru, Roma, pe 30 aprilie. Opt mii de locuri vor fi rezervate pentru Rotarieni, prietenii si familiile acestora. Așa cum a anunțat Papa Francisc, acest jubileu este cunoscut drept Jubileul Extraordinar al Milostivirii și este menit să încurajeze iertarea, reconcilierea, solidaritatea, și speranța. Suntem invitați să participăm, sprijinind prin aceasta o inițiativă de consolidare a statutului și prestigiului Rotary.
Împreună cu această scrisoare găsiți atașat mesajul Președintelui K.R. Ravindran, precum și traducerea în limba română a acestuia. Cei interesați vor găsi detalii și link-ul la platforma on-line a evenimentului.
La început de an, vă doresc vă bucurați de sănătate, realizări minunate și împlinirea gândului bun!
Cu aleasă prietenie,
 
Daniel Tanase
District Governor 2015-2016
D2241 România și Republica Moldova
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ANEXA 1, Scrisoare primită din partea RID K.R. Ravindran (traducere)
Dragii mei prieteni,
Sunt bucuros să vă aduc o veste bună, anume că Sfinția Sa Papa Francisc va oficia o slujba pentru Rotarieni în Piața Sf. Petru, Roma, pe 30 aprilie. 8000 de locuri vor fi rezervate pentru Rotarieni, prietenii si familiile acestora.
Îmi revine deosebita plăcere de a va invita sa îmi fiți alături in aceasta zi, pentru a sărbători în Italia, Jubileul Rotarienilor, un eveniment deosebit, găzduit de Districtul Rotary 2080 și Vatican.
În plus, Rotarienii gazdă vor găzdui dineuri aniversare deosebite si vor pune la punct un proiect de servicii pentru participanți.
Cred că acest eveniment reprezintă o onoare extraordinară care va consolida statutul Rotary în lume, iar participarea, indiferent de propria religie sau credință, ne va aduce o mare bucurie.
Pentru mai multe informații, vizitați website-ul Jubilee of Rotarians, care a fost pus la dispoziție de către prietenii noștri din Districtul 2080. Noutăți și informații suplimentare vor fi disponibile in perioada premergătoare evenimentului. Înscrierile se fac începând cu 18 ianuarie. Vă rog pe fiecare să menționați acest eveniment în scrisoarea lunară a guvernatorului.
Așa cum a anunțat Papa Francisc, acest jubileu este cunoscut drept Jubileul Extraordinar al Milostivirii. Ne amintește ca este timpul iertării si al reconcilierii, al solidarității, speranței si dreptății. Este un angajament de a servi cu bucurie si in pace in întreaga lume.
In demersul vostru de a aduce un dar in lume, sper ca veți face un efort și veți fi prezenți la Roma alături de cat mai mulți membri din districtului vostru.
Cele mai bune urări,
K.R. Ravindran
Rotary International President, 2015-16

DECEMBRIE 2015

Dragi prieteni,
Ultimele șase luni mi-au dat posibilitatea să întâlnesc peste 60 de cluburi, între care 57 în cadrul vizitelor oficiale. Aceste întâlniri, împreună cu cele prilejuite de evenimentele districtuale, în care o parte dintre noi ne-am revăzut și ne-am bucurat să schimbăm idei, mi-au întărit convingerea că avem un district puternic și matur, cu colegi extraordinari care își dăruiesc cu modestie timpul prețios și rodul aptitudinilor, competențelor ori talentului lor comunităților din care fac parte.
Vă felicit și vă mulțumesc pentru tot ceea ce ați înfăptuit sub semnul Rotary!
M-am simțit de fiecare dată onorat și am fost copleșit de prietenia pe care mi-ați arătat-o, de dorința de a împărtăși bucuria succesului fiecăruia dintre proiectele voastre. Vă sunt recunoscător și pentru deschiderea cu care mi-ați adus în atenție unele aspecte problematice din viața clubului vostru și pentru cooperarea excelentă pentru a găsi soluții în spiritul prieteniei și energiei Rotary întotdeauna pozitive.
Clipele anului 2015 încep să ne părăsească una câte una, luând cu ele temerile mari ale acestui an, descurajările și neîmplinirile mărunte și ne lasă în memorie doar amintirea a ceea ce am înfăptuit și realizat mai bun. Poate fețele fericite ale unor copii pe care i-am sprijinit, poate cuvintele unei mame al cărui copil a fost salvat prin contribuția noastră, poate ceva din atmosfera specială a întâlnirilor Rotariene. Anul nou se apropie aducând cu sine sentimentul unor schimbări minunate care, în săptămânile și lunile ce vor urma zilei de 1 ianuarie 2016, ne vor face viața mai frumoasă, mai rodnică și mai plină în semnificații, iar pe noi mai apți să ne bucurăm de ceea ce ne oferă în fiecare zi.
În Rotary, tema lunii decembrie era până în acest an „Luna familiei”. Începând din 2015, Rotary International dorește ca această lună să fie dedicată prevenției și atenției pe care o acordăm sănătății. Fie că privim din una sau alta dintre perspective, această lună este una pe care o trăim întotdeauna sub semnul speranței și bucuriei depline, este una pe care o trăim în atmosfera caldă a căminului în sărbătoare și în care bucuria de a fi în mijlocul familiei și prietenilor este una cu totul aparte.
Vă îmbrățișez cu drag și vă doresc sărbători minunate, sănătate și împlinirea gândului bun!
Cu aleasă prietenie,
 
Daniel Tanase
District Governor 2015-2016
D2241 România și Republica Moldova

NOIEMBRIE – Luna Fundației Rotary

Dragi prieteni,
Luna noiembrie este în Rotary „Luna Fundației Rotary”.
Este posibil ca fondatorii acestei entități distincte a Rotary Internațional să nu fi anticipat rolul extraordinar pe care Fundația Rotary urma să-l aibă peste ani, sprijinind zeci de mii de comunități prin intermediul granturilor și asumând obiective de interes pentru întreaga umanitate, cum este cel al eradicării poliomielitei la nivel mondial.
Să ne reamintim câteva repere ale devenirii acestei fundații:
  • în 1917, prin inițiativa Președintelui Rotary International, Arch C.Klumph, s-a creat un fond special in scopuri de binefacere;
  • în 1928, aceasta structură s-a reorganizat sub forma Fundației Rotary;
  • în 1929, Fundația Rotary a făcut prima donație, în valoare de 500 USD, în favoarea unui centru care găzduia copii cu infirmități;
  • în perioada 1947-1966, s-au lansat mai multe programe între care  Ambassadorial Scholarships și Grup Study Exchange. S-au pus bazele programelor de grant.
  • În 1985 s-a lansat programul PolioPlus având ca obiectiv eradicarea poliomielitei în întreaga lume.
Poliomielita, făcea în anii ’80, ca în 125 de țări să se înregistreze la fiecare 3 ani peste un milion de victime. În cea mai mare parte, copii se stingeau în chinurile acestei cumplite boli sau rămâneau paralizați. În prezent numărul persoanelor infectate anual este mai mic decât 500. Este de menționat că, în 2015 nu a apărut încă nici un caz de infectare cu poliomielită pe continentul african, iar în Nigeria s-a înregistrat ultimul caz de poliomielita în iulie 2014! Afganistanul și Pakistanul sunt cele mai mari provocări ale următorilor ani, însă atât timp cât poliomielita nu este eradicată, pericolul infectării rămâne o amenințare globală. În contextul în care în România, rata de vaccinare împotriva poliomielitei a scăzut, după cum spune Emilian Popovici – D2241 Rotary Foundation PolioPlus Chair, sub 70%, pericolul izbucnirii unei epidemii nu este de neglijat. Aceasta cu atât mai mult cu cât alte fenomene prezente, cum este cel al migrației, pot face ca virusul să ajungă mai ușor și în spațiul geografic al Europei. Prin efortul Rotarienilor de pretutindeni, putem face ca în scurt timp niciun copil de pe pământ să nu se piardă și să nu rămână infirm ca urmare a poliomielitei. Nu suntem singuri în acest efort, iar între partenerii noștri, UNICEF, Organizația Mondială a Sănătății și Fundația Bill și Melinda Gates sunt dintre cei mai importanți.
Seminarul Districtual al Fundației Rotary a avut loc cu doar câteva zile în urmă, la Brașov. Astfel că o mare parte a cluburilor își vor primi în noiembrie, Luna Fundației Rotary, certificările care atestă că sunt eligibili pentru programul „Global Grants”. Comunitățile din România și Moldova, au beneficiat de programe de grant de aproape 14 mil. USD, în cei 15 ani de existență a districtului, prin inițiativa cluburilor locale și a partenerilor din străinătate, conform unui raport pe care PDG Martha Maria Mocanu, Rotary Foundation Chair, l-a prezentat la această ediție a seminarului fundației.
Programele Fundației Rotary nu ar exista fără noi toți și de cele mai multe ori fără implicarea unor persoane excepționale, cu suflet ales și care poartă în ființa lor vocația de a dărui. Președintele Clubului Rotary Sighet, colegul nostru Joseph Geebelen, a anunțat chiar în finalul seminarului fundației, o donație personală care se află la nivelul celor mai ridicate din districtul nostru. Joseph este acel tip de prieten în Rotary în compania căruia te simți stimulat să devii mai bun. Ce final mai inspirat pentru un seminar al fundației s-ar fi putut găsi? Prin gestul său Joseph a dat și mai multă strălucire acestei întâlniri Rotariene.
Seminarul districtual al Fundației Rotary s-a bucurat în acest an de o prezență numeroasă și de condiții de desfășurare excelente. Este în mare parte meritul colegilor noștri din Clubul Rotary Brașov care au dorit ca orașul lor să găzduiască această ediție, în anul în care clubul aniversează 85 de ani de la prima chartare și 20 de ani de la reînființare.
Vă doresc să găsiți în programele Fundației Rotary oportunități în beneficiul comunităților din care faceți parte și sprijin pentru proiectele voastre!
Mai presus de inițiativele concrete, prețuiți spiritul Rotary care ne face să iubim și să dăruim!
Cu aleasă prietenie,
 
Daniel Tanase
District Governor 2015-2016
D2241 România și Republica Moldova

OCTOMBRIE – Luna Serviciului Vocațional

Dragi prieteni,

Luna octombrie este în Rotary „Luna Serviciului Vocațional”.

Aceasta lună oferă multor cluburi din întreaga lume o oportunitate unică de a promova serviciul vocațional ca o cale de acțiune pe care Rotarienii o prețuiesc într-un fel aparte. Avem colegi extraordinari: medici, profesori, artiști care se bucură de recunoaștere și apreciere, manageri, specialiști în domeniile marketingului sau comunicării, alții aparținând multor alte categorii. Cu toții manifestă disponibilitatea ca, venind în Rotary, să pună competențele, abilitățile și talentul lor în slujba proiectelor de club și prin ele, în beneficiul comunităților sau a acelora care au nevoie de solidaritate și susținere. Există situații în care serviciul vocațional ne oferă nouă înșine ocazia să avem perspective noi să ne îmbogățim sufletește. Am să vă relatez o întâmplare despre care am aflat de curând și care m-a impresionat prin profunzimea semnificației ei.
Colegul nostru Capetan Bacskai Marius este în acest an Președintele Clubului Rotary Lugoj. Este de profesie medic oftalmolog și are în spate o întreagă viață și carieră dedicate acestei profesii. Prin proiectul „Să redăm copiilor bucuria vederii!” clubul din Lugoj a asigurat asistență medicală gratuită pentru câteva sute de copii in fiecare an, începând cu 2007. Ca medic oftalmolog, Marius este sufletul acestui proiect și își pune profesia în serviciul dedicat copiilor și tinerilor lipsiți de posibilități. Într-o zi a întâlnit o fetiță imobilizată într-un scaun cu rotile. Fetița, cu multiple handicapuri fizice și psihice, nu se putea mișca, nu vorbea, nu auzea și avea de o formă severă de autism. Părea că suferă de o tristețe iremediabilă și rareori își ridica privirea din pământ. Marius a observat un strabism și a avut suspiciunea că problemele de vedere sunt chiar mai mari. Diagnosticarea era dificilă, copilul nu putea răspunde niciunei întrebări, iar starea de sănătate făcea orice cooperare imposibilă. După câteva investigații, cu ajutorul echipamentului medical de care dispune și pe baza experienței sale, Marius a prescris fetiței o pereche de ochelari care să amelioreze atât problemele cauzate de strabism cât și pe celelalte prezumate. În momentul în care i s-au pus ochelarii, s-a petrecut ceva neobișnuit. Fetița a început să râdă în hohote. Râdea și nu se oprea. Ansamblul de sentimente ale celor prezenți este greu de descris. Compasiunea era evidentă, dar uimirea și emoțiile resimțite de cei care nu o cunoscuseră încă râzând erau cele mai pregnante. Fetița părea că într-un fel neașteptat trăia acea bucurie spontană și intensă care îi face pe copii să hohotească în felul lor unic. Râsul copiilor este felul lor de a ne spune, fără cuvinte, că sunt curați și fericiți. Marius mi-a mărturisit că este poate întâmplarea care l-a marcat cel mai mult în cariera sa.

Când am auzit această relatare m-am gândit că serviciul vocațional în Rotary ne poate îmbogăți sufletește într-un fel aparte. M-am gândit apoi dacă putem descoperi și alte semnificații în această întâmplare. Cum pot două lentile să transforme tristețea în bucurie spontană? E posibil ca de multe ori să nu apreciem cum se cuvine realitatea din jurul nostru și să nu vedem cu adevărat măreția spectacolului de forme și culori care ne înconjoară. Nu vedem, poate, așa cum se cuvine frumusețea oamenilor care ne sunt prieteni, colegi sau doar alături pentru un timp. Oricând vom fi triști ne putem aminti de această fetiță. Iar singurul motiv al tristeții noastre nu poate fi altul decât acela că, pentru un moment, uităm să deschidem bine ochii sau să purtăm lentilele potrivite. Câteodată ne găsim lentile singuri, alteori un prieten sau o persoană necunoscută ni le oferă în mod neașteptat.
Să ne bucurăm de competențele profesionale sau talentul de care dispunem noi înșine sau colegii din Rotary și să prețuim oportunitatea pe care o avem de a folosi calitățile și cunoștințele noastre pentru a aduce bucurie și a îmbunătăți calitatea vieții a celor care au nevoie de sprijin și susținere!
Cu aleasă prietenie,
 
Daniel Tanase
District Governor 2015-2016
D2241 România și Republica Moldova

SEPTEMBRIE – Luna Noii Generații

Dragi prieteni,

Luna septembrie este în Rotary „Luna Noii Generații”.
Programele Noii Generații au în vedere cea mai tânără parte a familiei Rotary. Beneficiarii sunt adolescenții și adulții tineri. Unii dintre aceștia sunt Rotaractieni, Interactieni, participanți la taberele RYLA sau la programele de schimb, alții tineri care au atras prin calitățile sau talentul lor atenția cluburilor Rotary și au fost sprijiniți de acestea.
Serviciile pentru Noua Generație s-au alăturat relativ curând, în 2010, serviciilor de club, serviciilor vocaționale, serviciilor comunitare și serviciilor internaționale devenind cea de a cincea cale de a servi. Prin aceasta se recunoaște importanța alocării de timp și resurse de către Rotarieni în scopul sprijinirii tinerilor în efortul lor de a deveni liderii următoarelor decade. Tinerii vor trebui curând să se dovedească capabili să gestioneze provocările unei societăți multiculturale, marcată de o accelerare fără precedent a schimbărilor, de o incertitudine în creștere și de un progres tehnologic care modifică regulile interacțiunii și comunicării. O lume cu oportunități noi și bariere altfel configurate.
 
Sarcina Noii Generații nu va fi una mai ușoară decât a generației din care noi suntem parte.

Sintagma „Noua Generație” a fost folosită pentru prima dată într-un sens apropiat de cel folosit astăzi în Rotary de către Președintele RI Luis Vicente Giay, care în 1996, pe parcursul Convenției Rotary de la Calgary a spus: „Viziunea noastră asupra viitorului este acum mai mult decât oricând diferența dintre succes și cădere. Investiția noastră în viitor este Noua Generație. Vă invit să începem să construim acest viitor de astăzi!”

La nivelul clubului putem sprijini programele pentru Noua Generație prin:
- Recunoașterea rezultatelor de excelență a tinerilor prin acordarea de diplome, burse sau premii care să motiveze;
- Implicarea în activitățile de strângere de fonduri desfășurate de tineri pentru a sprijini proiectele comunității;
- Donații de carte către școli sau către centre de studiu și facilitarea participării tinerilor la cursuri de leadership;
- Invitarea tinerilor din Interact și Rotaract să participe la întâlnirile Clubului Rotary sponsor.

Este în egală măsură o oportunitate să folosiți programele Rotary International prin:
- Facilitarea cunoașterii de către tineri a organizațiilor sponsorizate Rotaract și Interact și a posibilităților de participare în programele de schimb de tineri pe termen scurt și termen lung;
- Invitarea și susținerea tinerilor din Rotaract și Interact pentru a participa la taberele RYLA;
- Invitarea tinerilor care au participat în programele de schimb (YEP) să se alăture cluburilor Interact și Rotaract sau să aibă inițiativa înființării unora noi.

 
Ceea ce rămâne încă mai important, este să avem în inimă un loc rezervat tinerilor. De acolo va porni, când se va ivi o ocazie, impulsul de a inspira, motiva și susține pe cei care vor pune din nou aripi visurilor noastre și le vor duce mai departe!
Cu aleasă prietenie,
 
Daniel Tanase
District Governor 2015-2016
D2241 România și Republica Moldova

AUGUST – Luna Apartenenței la Rotary

Dragi prieteni,
Luna august este luna pe care Rotary Internațional a declarat-o ca fiind „Rotary Membership Month”. Este luna în care suntem invitați să medităm asupra apartenenței noastre la Rotary și să rememorăm tot ce am făcut mai bun pentru semenii noștri, ca membri ai acestei uimitoare organizații.
Unii dintre noi își vor aminti despre proiectele de club prin care au ridicat moralul unor persoane aflate în dificultate, alții vor fi fericiți să-și aducă aminte cum au dat un impuls pozitiv unor tineri susținându-i în afirmarea talentului lor, alții cum au implementat cu ajutorul granturilor si colaborărilor internaționale proiecte importante pentru comunitate. În orice fel vom privi spre realizările noastre de până acum, vom conștientiza adevărata noastră menire ca Rotarieni și ne vom reîmprospăta rezerva de energie și entuziasm pentru acțiunile următoare.
Avem în același timp o nouă ocazie pentru a reflecta asupra felului în care viața noastră este mai plină și mai frumoasă datorită deciziei pe care am luat-o fiecare din noi de a deveni parte a acestui corp de elită, asupra felului în care Rotary ne-a ajutat să fim mai mult decât am fi reușit altfel.
Conform tradiției, Rotary Internațional încurajează cluburile ca în această lună să își sărbătorească membrii prin organizarea unor întâlniri speciale, motivante și semnificative. De asemenea invită la luarea în considerare a următoarelor sugestii:
- alegerea unei imagini inspirate pentru profilul personal pe Facebook, afișarea unei fotografii potrivite și a mesajului „Sunt mândru să fiu în Rotary!”;
- postarea pe Facebook de fotografii care să ilustreze acțiunile clubului din această lună;
- reevaluarea strategiilor la nivelul cluburilor pentru retenție, dar și pentru atragerea de membri noi.
Vă încurajez la rândul meu să revedeți planul de acțiune al clubului și să stabiliți cele mai potrivite căi pentru retenție și pentru primirea de membri, astfel încât la sfârșitul acestui an Rotarian fiecare dintre cluburile noastre să fie mai numeros cu cel puțin 3 noi prieteni, recomandați prin calitățile umane pe care le au, dar și prin disponibilitatea de a servi.
Vă mulțumesc pentru că dăruiți timp serviciului Rotarian și vă supun atenției un gând:
„Timpul pe care îl dăruim servind acelora care au nevoie de noi poate fi o răscruce, nu numai pentru viețile lor, dar și pentru a noastră!”
Vă doresc ca apartenența la Rotary să vă facă viața mai bogată și mai plină în semnificații în fiecare zi!
Cu aleasă prietenie,
 
Daniel Tanase
District Governor 2015-2016
D2241 România și Republica Moldova

IULIE 2015:

BUN VENIT ÎN ANUL ROTARIAN 2015-2016

Luna iulie este luna în care îmbrățișăm leadership-ul noului an Rotarian. Cluburile din întreaga lume au președinți noi care polarizează energiile pozitive ale proaspetelor echipe ce vor asigura conducerea executivă. Este un moment în care se cuvine să privim cu respect realizările liderilor care ne-au precedat și să le mulțumim. Datorită lor, începem de la o linie de start mai avansată în fiecare an.

În 2015-2016 avem un nou Președinte al Rotary International în persoana carismaticului nostru coleg K.R. Ravindran și o nouă tema prezidențială capabilă să inspire multe dintre proiectele pe care le vom derula în curând. Suntem persoane adulte și de-a lungul drumului nostru în viață am primit în dar multe lucruri importante. Mai întâi darul vieții pentru care trebuie să mulțumim cerului și părinților noștri. Am primit rând pe rând darurile iubirii, îngrijirii și protecției. Apoi darurile educației, ale formării și dezvoltării fiecărei abilități sau calități pe care o avem. Locurile frumoase pe care le-am văzut, persoanele dragi pe care le-am întâlnit, toate au fost daruri pentru noi. Este anul în care putem să punem in valoare ce avem noi înșine mai valoros, ce gândim mai limpede, ce simțim mai autentic și profund.

Și dacă vă veți întreba cum puteți fi un dar, veți ști deja că:
- ori de câte ori vom face ca un copil să nu mai meargă flămând la culcare, vom fi un dar;
- ori de câte ori vom șterge lacrimile de pe obrazul unei mame, ajutând copilul ei să aibă acces la un tratament pe care nu și-l poate permite, vom fi un dar;
- ori de câte ori vom face un copil care nu și-a cunoscut părinții să zâmbească, vom fi un dar.

Dragi prieteni, vă invit ca în acest an să aduceți în familiile și comunitățile voastre darurile compasiunii, ale prieteniei și înțelegerii. Să aduceți darurile inteligenței, demnității și acțiunii, să faceți ca viața voastră să se schimbe, devenind mai fericită și mai bogată în semnificații în toate privințele.
Vă invit să fiți un dar pentru voi și mai ales pentru ceilalți!

Cu aleasă prietenie,
 
Daniel Tanase
District Governor 2015-2016
D2241 România și Republica Moldova

MARTIE 2015:

În lumea Rotary International, luna martie este luna alfabetizării. UNESCO i-a numărat: 774 milioane de analfabeţi pe tot globul. Când spunem analfabeţi, ne gândim, desigur, la Africa Subsahariană, la unele ţări arabe sau asiatice, la cine știe ce locuri uitate de lume. În general, să recunoaștem, privim cu relaxare și cu o oarecare detașare către aceste drame. Ele se întâmplă altora, undeva, departe de noi. Ne putem aduna la câte un bal și colecta fonduri pentru bieții copii necăjiți de peste mări și țări. Surpriză, însă! Uneori, realitatea ne poate lovi direct în tâmplă și atunci aflăm că noi suntem Africa Europei!
Unul din doi adolescenţi români, cu vârsta de 15 ani, are dificultăţi de citire şi înţelegere a unui text! Adică, 53% dintre adolescenţii români sunt analfabeţi funcţional, procent de peste două ori mai mare decât media UE (24%).
Unul din cinci tineri români are doar opt clase. Rata tinerilor care îşi întrerup studiile după terminarea gimnaziului plasează România între primele cinci state europene ce se confruntă cu abandonul şcolar timpuriu.
În România, rata abandonului şcolar s-a triplat în 2007, faţă de 2000, iar peste 70.000 de copii sunt nevoiţi, în prezent, să muncească în loc să înveţe, potrivit unui studiu realizat de organizaţiile neguvernamentală. Muncile în care sunt implicaţi copiii îi transformă într-o categorie socială extrem de vulnerabilă. Ei sunt obligaţi, pentru a supravieţui, să cerşească, să distribuie droguri, să spele parbrize sau să întreţină relaţii sexuale şi riscă zilnic să fie abuzaţi fizic şi psihic. O treime dintre copiii obligaţi să muncească sunt analfabeţi, 40% au un nivel redus al abilităţilor de scris şi citit, unul din cinci astfel de copii nu a fost niciodată la şcoală, iar opt din zece copii care nu merg la şcoală sunt rommi.
In 2010, PDG Daniel Condurache spunea:
Particularizând, România şi Republica Moldova oferă din ce în ce mai multe exemple legate de lipsa accesului la educație, iar lucrul acesta se întâmplă, cu precădere, în mediul rural. Zeci de kilometri străbătuți pe jos cu ghiozdanul în spate, familii sărace pentru care fiecare zi este o luptă pentru supraviețuire, lipsa veniturilor, copii care muncesc de la vârste fragede pentru a aduce bani în casă – acestea reprezintă imgini ale unei situații îngrijorătoare din România profundă.
Dacă ar fi să creăm un tablou al formării sociale educația, școala și profesorii sunt principalii factori care pot influența în mod pozitiv viața unui copil. Conștientizând importanța educației și rolul său în integrarea socială, Francis Bacon spunea că „învățătura îl face pe om întreg, discuțiile pregătit, scrierea exact.”
Cât de actual a rămas și cât de important este pentru noi, rotarienii, să încercăm să amelioram această stare de fapt. Ne place să credem că aparținem, prin tot ceea ce suntem și prin tot ceea ce facem, acelei elite responsabile a Luminătorilor patriei și norodului său. Să fim sinceri: câți dintre noi am mai fi fost ceea ce suntem astăzi dacă nu am fi trecut prin școala românească, așa cum a fost ea, din ultimii 50 de ani?! Câți dintre noi s-ar mai fi recunoscut astăzi într-o oglindă dacă, cu ani în urmă, nu s-ar fi căznit mai întâi cu Abecedarul pe genunchi?!
Nimeni nu și-ar fi imaginat că țara care dă continentului cei mai mulți olimpici, are și cei mai mulți neștiutori de carte. Să o spunem deschis: această stare de lucruri este intolerabilă! Nu putem accepta și, mai ales, nu putem asista nepăsători la transformarea României în fruntașa analfabetismului din Europa. Putem organiza chiar și un bal pentru a combate acest fenomen îngrozitor! Sau nu. Sau, poate, suntem în stare de mai mult.
Depinde numai de noi. De fiecare dintre noi. Vă chem dragi prieteni în Rotary să ne unim încă o dată pentru a aprinde flacăra Luminii de carte. Aștept de la voi idei și inițiative din care să se nască un nou proiect districtual. Undeva, în întunericul necuvintelor, un  copil așteaptă ajutorul nostru.
Light up Rotary!

Al vostru în Serviciul Rotary
Petrișor Diculescu
Guvernator 2014-2015 Rotary District 2241

FEBRUARIE 2015:

Dragi prieteni in Rotary,
La 23 februarie 2015 Rotary sarbatoreste 110 ani de la infiintare, 11 decenii ce au permis ca astazi sa fie in lume 34000 de cluburi care sa duca mai departe spiritul Rotary.
Nu suntem numai cea mai veche organizatie de servicii, dar suntem si cea mai prestigioasa, fiind astazi in masura sa prezentam un palmares impresionant in realizarea unei lumi mai bune.
Luna februarie este dedicata intelegerii intre oameni si acest lucru nu este doar un slogan. Rotary este un partener al universitatilor de prestigiu care lucreaza la promovarea Pacii si solutionarea conflictelor in formare. Rotarienii sunt ambasadori ai Pacii capabili sa intervina in lume.
Exista in continuare prioritate in eradicarea poliomielitei, in sustinerea financiara a acestui proiect. Dar sa nu uitam miile de voluntari implicati in administrarea vaccinului, un act de curaj insotit de multe ori de lacrimi si sange. Cei ce merg din usa in usa pentru a informa si imuniza sunt adevaratii eroi.
As dori la aceasta aniversare sa vamultumesc pentru implicarea voastra in viata cluburilor si comunitatilor din care faceti parte si sa va invit in a va implica cu ambitie si marinimie la proiectul districtului SALVATI INIMA UNUI COPIL.
Light up Rotary!

Al vostru în Serviciul Rotary
Petrișor Diculescu
Guvernator 2014-2015 Rotary District 2241

IANUARIE 2015:

Dragi prieteni in Rotary,

Un An Nou fericit vouă și familiilor voastre! Vreau să mulțumesc în primul rând celor care au trimis urarile lor pentru Anul Nou!
Sper că ați avut ocazia de a sărbători noul an cu toți cei care va sunt dragi voua. De asemenea, va doresc din inima ce-i mai bun pentru 2015, și în special sa găsiti energia de a indeplini visele in actiunile Rotary.
Noul an este o oportunitate pentru mulți de a face proiecte bune sau de a relua proiectele de succes din ultimul an. Ca Rotarieni, ar trebui să vă adresați fiecare întrebarea locului pe care il ocupa Rotary în viața voastră. Întrebați-vă în ce măsură valorile, principiile, obiectivele sau testul celor patru întrebări re regăsesc în viața voastră de fiecare zi.
Mi-aș dori ca fiecare Rotarian sa poarte insigna PHF (Paul Harris Fellow), nu ca pe un trofeu, ci cu mândrie pentru ceea ce este Rotary: onestitate, etica, leadership, camaraderie, Serviciul mai presus de sine!
Rotary este în primul rând o problemă de suflet. Rotarienii din întreaga lume lucrează pentru pace și stingerea conflictelor, se angajeaza în prevenirea și tratamentul bolilor, cum ar fi Poliomielita, se implica să sprijine sănătatea Mamei și Copilului, organizează educația de bază și alfabetizarea, și dezvolta sau consolideaza mediul economic din comunitatile lor.
Sper din toată inima mea că acest an va adduce multă bucurie și satisfacție și că va veți alătura îndemnului Light up Rotary.

Al vostru în Serviciul Rotary
Petrișor Diculescu
Guvernator 2014-2015 Rotary District 2241

DECEMBRIE 2014:

Dragi prieteni,

Luna Decembrie confirma succesul rotarienilor nostri in marea familie Rotary. Dupa Agripa Popescu in 1938. PDG Corneliu Dinca este nominalizat Director RI pentru Zona 19. Felicitari!

Anul Rotary începe în luna iulie; în luna august marcăm luna membership, în septembrie sărbătorim noua generație, octombrie este luna serviciului vocational, și așa mai departe. Calendarul supune atenției noastre diferite subiecte în Rotary și ne amintește să vorbim despre subiecte importante pe care le-am putea altfel trece cu vederea pe parcursul unui an Rotarian incarcat. Toate acestea fac parte din ceea ce face Rotary, ceea ce este, și ceea ce face fiecare dintre noi Rotarienii.

În Rotary, Decembrie este Luna Familiei. Privind înapoi in anii mei ca Rotarian, am văzut cât de important este familia în Rotary - și cât de important poate fi Rotary pentru familiile noastre. Sper că în acest an Rotary, multi dintre voi vor încuraja membrii familiei să se alăture Rotary, Rotaract sau Interact.

În Rotary putem servi împreună. Cu Rotary avem mereu lucruri interesante de povestit la cină. Suntem cu toții implicați în diferite servicii, în diferite cluburi, asa ca atunci cand ne așezăm împreună, vorbim despre nevoile umanitare de orice fel, în orice parte a lumii.

Există întotdeauna ceva nou de învățat. Conversațiile noastre sunt, de asemenea, un mod minunat de a învăța copiii noștri, prin acțiunile noastre, ceea ce este cu adevărat important în viață. Ei învață despre cum traiesc oamenii în diferite părți ale lumii, precum și modul în care fiecare dintre noi putem ajuta. Nu exista lectii mai bune pentru familiile noastre decât lecțiile serviciului în Rotary.

Este Luna Familiei si la sfârsit de an, familiile se reunesc în pace pentru a petrece clipe minunate de sarbatori. Spiritul sărbătorilor în familie trebuie sa se reverse si peste Rotary si sa ne reuneasca la cinele cluburilor sau la balurile de caritate pe care le organizam în acest moment al anului.

Este timpul sa multumesc celor 70 de cluburi la care am ajuns cu vizita oficiala pentru interesul aratat momentului si pentru intreaga activiatate rotariana.

Alaturi de prietenii din Comitetul Districtual, va doresc ca Noul An sa va aduca sanatate, bucurii si impliniri profesionale. Va doresc sa va regasiti în Rotary, sub LIGHT UP ROTARY inca prezent si in noul an si sa va dedicati celor din jur care au nevoie de sprijinul si caldura voastra sufleteasca.

Al vostru în Serviciul Rotary
Petrișor Diculescu
Guvernator 2014-2015 Rotary District 2241

NOIEMBRIE 2014:

Dragi prieteni,
După cum știți, Noiembrie este dedicate Fundației Rotary in calendarul anual.
Fundația este o corporație non-profit finan exclusiv contribuții voluntare ale rotarienilor si prietenilor care împărtășesc viziunea de a realiza o lume mai bună. Anul trecut, Rotarienii din întreaga lume au donat record 123 mil USD la Fondul anual al fundației Rotary.
Pentru publicul larg, Fundația Rotary ocupă un loc important ca o organizație de caritate, obținând un rating de 68.57 din 70 pentru transparență din partea Charity Navigator. Pentru Rotary, TRF înseamnă pur și simplu satisfacerea nevoilor umane prin granturi districtuale și globale, eradicarea poliomielitei prin vaccinarea copiilor din intreaga lume, elaborarea de noi studii pentru mentinerea si promovarea pacii, și crearea de noi prietenii, prin Vocational Team Training.
Vă îndemn să reafirmam angajamentul de a contribui la programele fundatiei, în special în scopul de a îndeplini angajamentul de a eradica poliomielita in intreaga lume. În același timp, Cluburile trebuie sa se concentrerze pe utilizarea mai amplă a programelor Fundatiei în beneficial comunităților.
Noul model de finanțare va este cunoscut, si am remarcat ca excelati ca oportunitati in serviciile primare ale fundației – proiecte umanitare și formarea profesională – ce sigur vor avea impact durabil. Îndemn fiecare Rotarian sa ia in considerare donatiile directe catre Fundatie prin EREY (Every Rotarian, Every Year – Fiecare Rotarian in fiecare an).
Implicati-va prin proiectele voastre in viata comunitatii si atunci in mod sigur se va putea spune ca Aprindeti lumina Rotary!

Al vostru în Serviciul Rotary
Petrișor Diculescu
Guvernator 2014-2015 Rotary District 2241

OCTOMBRIE 2014:

Dragi prieteni,
Ințelegerea ideii de Serviciul vocational poate schimba complet atitudinea față de munca și scopul în viață. Participarea la o afacere este mai mult decât o modalitate de a-ți câștiga existența; este oportunitatea de a fi un membru al comunității care sprijină comunitatea pentru a face viețile altora mai bune.
Așadar, ce este Serviciul Vocational? Paul Harris a scris odată: 'Fiecare Rotarian este o legătura dintre idealismul Rotary și meseria sau profesiunea sa'. Astfel, Serviciul Vocational este modul în care Rotary sprijină idealul de a servi prin exercitarea tuturor vocațiilor, o responsabilitate comună atât a Clubului Rotary, cât și a membrilor săi.
Rolul Clubului este sa puna în aplicare și să încurajeze obiectivele propriilor sale acțiuni care sa permita membrilor să utilizeze talentele profesionale în slujba comunității. Rolul membrilor este ca prin ei înșiși și prin afacerile lor, sa desfasoare aceste actiuni in conformitate cu principiile Rotary.
Programele de servicii vocationale, prin natura lor, oferă oportunități excelente pentru Implicarea in comunitatea de afaceri locală și a Districtului. Este de fapt ceea ce se va intimpla in luna noiembrie si la Forumul Vocational, la care sunteti asteptati sa participati.

Al vostru în Serviciul Rotary
Petrișor Diculescu
Guvernator 2014-2015 Rotary District 2241

SEPTEMBRIE 2014:

Dragi prieteni,
Sper ca ati profitat din plin de vacanta de vara si ca acum reluati activitatile cotidiene, dar si cele legate de clubul Rotary al vostru, revigorati si cu dorinta de a face ceea ce trebuie sa aveti in planul de activitati al fiecarui club.
Ma aflu intr-un nou ciclu de vizite la cluburi, si recunosc ca am fost profund impresionat de ceea ce am vazut până acum. Fiecare club, cu personalitate diferita, profita de independenta sa, respectând însă obiectivele rotariene. La cele mai multe, am întâlnit entuziasm, profesionalism si înțelegere între membri.
Luna aceasta este luna Noii Generatii. Conform deciziei ultimului Consiliu Legislativ, “actiunea tinerilor” reprezinta o actiune specifica, echivalenta în interiorul clubului cu actiune interioara, cu cea profesionala, de interes public și cu acțiunea internațională. Gândiți-vă deci la cei tineri!
•           Clubul vostru participa la schimbul de tineri?
•           Clubul vostru a propus participant la taberele RYLA?
•           Clubul vostru a facut ceva în susținerea tinerilor?
Nu lăsați aceste întrebări să fie retorice. Spiritul Rotarian vine din inima. Cei tineri vin lângă noi cu bucurie, fac lucrurile vizibile și cred că împreună putem aprinde lumina Rotary!
Al vostru in serviciul Rotary
Petre Diculescu
Guvernator D2241
2014 – 2015

AUGUST 2014:

Dragi prieteni,
Creșterea numărului de membri în Rotary a fost o problemă care mă frământă de ceva timp. De ce cu atât de multe proiecte de servicii prestate de către cele 113 cluburi din districtul nostru, cu multe vieți pe care le-am schimbat în mai bine, creșterea numarului de membri continuă să fie o provocare pentru multe cluburi?
Cred cu fermitate că, pentru cluburi ca sa creasca numărul membrilor, ele trebuie să întreprindă un exercițiu de planificare strategică și să extindă orizontul lor de planificare pe mai mulți ani. Procedând astfel, cluburile vor fi în măsură să își definească viziunea lor (aliniată cu District Vision) și să dezvolte proiecte de mare impact, care sunt durabile și aduc schimbări benefice în comunitate, asigurând continuitatea între trecut, prezent și viitor.
Concretizând acest lucru în ceea ce arătăm, atunci avem o șansă mai mare de sensibilizare a publicului cu privire la lucrurile bune pe care Rotary le face. Scopul este de a inspira oamenii să se alăture Rotary pentru că ei cred în cauza noastră și în ceea ce facem.
Ca Rotarian, eu contez, pentru că... este o propoziție pe care sper că noi toți, Rotarienii, vom ști să o completăm. Numai atunci când vom găsi răspunsul la această întrebare personală putem ieși ca rotarieni în comunitate și inspira pe alții să fie ca noi.
Vreau cu  această ocazie să reamintesc tuturor cluburilor unele bune practici de a crește numărul membrilor și de a asigura retenția celor existenti:
  • Reintegrarea foștilor membri de calitate;
  • Efectuarea sondajului de clasificare pentru a identifica în cadrul clubului vocații absente, mijlocind astfel o căutare de membru concentrat;
  • Respectarea perioadei de Orientare a noilor membri;
  • Implicarea familiei noului membru în cadrul ceremoniei de inducție;
  • Creșterea numărului membrilor de sex feminin în club;
  • Întâlnire săptămânală placută și informată;
Și nu în ultimul rând, consolidați clubul la un număr de minim 25 membri.
Succes!
Al vostru în Serviciul Rotary
Petrișor Diculescu
Guvernator 2014-2015 Rotary District 2241​

IULIE 2014:

Dragi prieteni Rotarieni din Districtul 2241,
Înainte de orice, doresc să mulțumesc fiecăruia dintre voi pentru devotamentul și dăruirea cu care ați împărtășit vocația ROTARY în anul ce a trecut. Am convingerea, știu, că fiecare dintre voi, dragi prieteni, l-ați ajutat pe PDG Marian Mocan să realizeze angajamentul său în ROTARY: schimbarea într-o viață mai bună.
Îti multumesc și eu, Marian, pentru conducerea pertinentă și perspectivele create noului an rotarian!
Prin noua noastră temă, LIGHT UP ROTARY, Președintele RI Gary C.K Huang încurajează  membrii Rotary să răspândească Lumina Rotary, schimbul de idei în serviciul nostru, necesitatea consolidării cluburilor noastre.
ZIUA ROTARY este o modalitate foarte bună pentru cluburi de a pune LIGHT UP ROTARY în acțiune. În mod sigur vă este de ajutor broșura Rotary Days. Aștept cu nerăbdare să lucrez cu fiecare dintre voi, am toată încrederea în echipa districtuală aleasă, prietenii mei în Rotary cărora le mulțumesc pentru încredere și ajutor.
Cu sprijinul vostru și inspirația ce vă caracterizează, există speranță pentru a aprinde Lumina ROTARY, așa cum, de 110 ani, Rotary a mers mereu înainte oferind servicii mai presus de sine.
Ne vedem curând, prieteni!
Guvernator Rotary District 2241
Petrisor Diculescu

IUNIE 2014:

Dragi prieteni rotarieni,
Luna iunie este ultima lună din acest an rotarian. Vă scriu această scrisoare după întoarcerea de la Convenția Internațională Rotary de la Sydney și, așa cum v-am promis în scrisoarea precedentă, o să vă transmit câteva impresii despre eveniment.
Convenția de la Sydney a fost una de bună calitate. Australienii s-au străduit să facă un eveniment grandios și, în cea mai mare parte, au reușit. Și la această convenție, districtul nostru s-a prezentat foarte bine, meritul fiind întru totul al PDG Martha Maria Mocanu, care s-a zbătut ca prezența noastră să fie la un înalt nivel. Cei doi artiști care au reprezentat districtul nostru au avut evoluții de excepție, susținând mai multe concerte decât era prevăzut în mod inițial. Ne-am simțit mândri când am auzit, pe lângă cântece internaționale, și piese românești, pe ritmul cărora am început să dansăm. Alături de noi au venit și alți colegi rotarieni din diferite țări ale lumii (în special asiatici). Organizatorii ne-au mulțumit în public de mai multe ori pentru această evoluție.
Standul nostru expozițional, care arăta rolul românilor în dezvoltarea științei, tehnicii și culturii mondiale, a fost singurul ce avea o temă mai deosebită și lângă care s-au fotografiat o mulțime de rotarieni din întreaga lume. Ne-am simțit foarte bine când mai mulți colegi, de pe mai multe continente, ne-au felicitat pentru standul nostru, declarându-se impresionați de contribuția românilor la dezvoltarea omenirii. Cu toții au fost de acord că avem motive să fim foarte mândri că suntem români.
Dacă vreți să vedeți ce reprezintă cu adevărat Rotary la nivel național, trebuie să participați la o Conferință Națională districtuală. Dacă vreți să vedeți ce reprezintă Rotary la nivel internațional, trebuie să participați la o convenție internațională. Următoarea convenție va fi în Brazilia, la Sao Paolo, în iunie 2015.
Analizând activitatea din acest an rotarian, pot să mă declar mulțumit de ce am reușit să fac. Mă simt mulțumit în primul rând de atmosfera din district în acest an, de faptul că toate cluburile au lucrat în liniște, au colaborat, au derulat multe proiecte comune de impact pentru comunitățile lor. Sunt mulțumit de colaborarea cu echipa mea districtuală, care mi-a depășit toate așteptările, de lucrul cu majoritatea președinților și comitetelor cluburilor. Singura nemulțumire majoră este legată de neparticiparea unor cluburi la donația de 150 de euro/club, necesară pentru participarea în bune condiții a districtului la Sydney.
Rog președinții de cluburi să colaboreze întru totul cu noii președinți aleși, astfel încât ceremoniile de predare/primire să fie bine organizate, iar trecerea de la un an la altul să se facă lin, fără sincope.
Faptul că mandatul de președinte sau de guvernator ține doar un an este un lucru foarte bun. În anul de mandat, fiecare rotarian care deține o funcție de președinte vrea să facă ce știe și poate mai bine pentru a-și lăsa amprenta pe acțiunile cluburilor. Faptul că fiecare dintre noi este ocupat cu o  mulțime de probleme de serviciu, de familie și de altă natură ne face să nu prea avem timp pentru alte activități o perioadă mai îndelungată. Fiecare an rotarian trebuie să însemne un pas înainte în dezvoltarea globală a clubului și a districtului din care facem parte. Să nu uităm că este bine și eficient să lucrăm în echipă.
Vă rog să fiți atenți la activitatea cluburilor Rotaract și Interact pe care le coordonați. În acest an, numărul cluburilor de tineret a crescut cu peste 25%, ceea ce este un lucru pozitiv. Dar această creștere trebuie să însemne și o implicare mai mare și mai multe proiecte pentru comunitate. Tinerii sunt foarte dornici să facă o treabă bună, dar ei trebuie sprijiniți și îndrumați.
La final de mandat, vreau să urez tuturor cluburilor sănătate și bună înțelegere, multe proiecte de succes, să fiți alături de noul Guvernator, care trebuie să vă simtă aproape, așa cum v-am simțit și eu. Să încercați să faceți tot ce vă stă în putință să-i ajutați pe cei care au nevoie.
Mă simt fericit și foarte mândru că am fost Guvernatorul Districtului 2241 România – Republica Moldova în anul rotarian 2013-2014 și că am reușit să descopăr partea pozitivă a României și a Republicii Moldova.
Să ne revedem cu bine!
Cu prietenie rotariană,
Marian MOCAN
Guvernator 2013-2014

MAI 2014:

Dragi prieteni rotarieni,

Luna mai este penultima lună din acest an rotarian. Am reușit să vizitez 112 cluburi din cele 113 și nădăjduiesc să închei cu bine mandatul meu de guvernator.

Am așteptat să scriu această scrisoare, aferentă lunii mai, după ce s-a desfășurat deja Conferința Districtuală de la Timișoara, astfel să pot transmite câteva concluzii, la cald, despre cel mai important eveniment rotarian al anului. Și, ca să fiu și mai expresiv, trebuie să știți că această scrisoare a fost scrisă la peste 10.000 metri altitudine în avionul ce ne poartă, pe mine și încă 42 persoane, (rotarieni și familiile lor) spre Convenția Internațională de la Sydney.

Conferința Districtuală din acest an, la care au participat peste 150 rotarieni din district, s-a afirmat ca o încununare a muncii depuse de noi toți (de mine, de comitetul districtual, de comitetele de conducere ale cluburilor, și de fiecare rotarian din district ). Cred că am reușit. Sper ca toți participanții să fi avut același sentiment cu cele exprimate deja de unii dintre ei…
La această conferință au participat, pe lângă rotarieni din districtul nostru, și rotarieni din Germania, Israel, Italia, Marea Britanie, Olanda, Ucraina. Ne-a impresionat în mod deosebit delegația din Ucraina, formată din patru rotarieni care, chiar în condițiile dificile prin care trece țara lor, și-au ținut cuvântul dat mie, în luna noiembrie, când am chartat clubul Donetsk Advance, când au promis că vor veni la conferința noastră.

Dezbaterile interesante cu privire la proiectele desfășurate, dar și cele propuse în cadrul conferinței, au fost subiectele noastre, în zilele de 15 – 18 mai, 2014. Colegii din alte districte au apreciat munca noastră, reflectată în prezentările făcute, de substanța lor, dar și de implicare cluburilor. Reprezentantul special al președintelui Rotary International, colegul nostru, Moshe Yonay, din Israel, a evidențiat, printre altele, că a venit aici să dea un impuls mișcării rotariene de aici și să transmită informații noi, dar în final, cu seriozitate, dar și cu umor, a recunoscut că… avut de învățat de la noi! Deliciul conferinței a fost seara multiculturală, când peste 90% din colegi, îmbrăcați în costumele populare, specifice zonei fiecăruia, au demonstrat și simț artistic, și atașament față de valorile tradiționale. A fost o petrecere minunată și am simți o emanare de bucurie și voie bună, cum nu am mai simți de multă vreme. Deși ne - am dorit să alegem cel mai frumos costum popular, acest lucru nu s-a întâmplat, pentru că numărul costumelor și diversitatea lor au fost atât de impresionante, încât juriul, printr-o excepție unica, le-a declarat pe toate… câștigătoare! Mulțumesc președintelui Mihai Horațiu Josan și clubului din Aiud, care ne-a făcut în dar, pentru acea seară de neuitat, orchestrația muzicală, dar și o echipă de dans popular, ambele, de excepție. Mulțumesc clubului din Zalău și, personal, colegului nostru, Dinu Iancu Sălăjanu, membru al acestui club, care a susținut un concert extraordinar, producând o energie din care s-au hrănit dansatorii pe ringul de dans. Dans rotarian, dacă-mi permiteți să inventez o nouă sintagmă!

Participanții la conferință au primit în mape și cartea ce a reflectat toate acțiunile rotariene din Districtul 2241 (perioada iulie 2013-aprilie 2014), comunicate colegei mele, Lia Lucia Epure, responsabila cu imaginea districtului. Ne propunem ca în finalul mandatului să tipărim și partea a doua a cărții, ”Arta de a fi rotarian”, cu un sumar editorial, referitor în lunile mai și iunie, dar și cu cele mai relevante expresii ale muncii în district, pentru anul pe care-l vom încheia curând. Vă rog, deci, să transmiteți cât mai urgent reflectarea acțiunilor voastre, ele vor fi cuprinse în noul volum.

Sper ca intențiile noastre, complexitatea activităților din cadrul districtului, multitudinea de preocupări, proiectele ample, energiile incumbate în munca noastră din acest an să fi devenit vectorul comun, rotarian, spre afirmarea scopului nostru: servirea comunității.

Dar toată această desfășurare de forțe nu ar fi fost posibilă fără sprijinul de care am beneficiat din partea echipei districtuale și al celor patru cluburi din Timișoara. Le mulțumesc tuturor și îi asigur de întreaga mea considerație. Fotografiile realizate la conferință au fost deja distribuite către cluburi, în varianta electronică.

Vă supun atenției o propunere din district: unul dintre cluburi a propus ca districtul nostru să se implice mai mult în activitatea de protecție a mediului și să începem o colaborare cu Ministerul Mediului astfel ca, din rândurile noastre, să furnizăm un număr de comisari voluntari de mediu care să supravegheze modul de respectare a legislației în domeniu. Ideea îmi pare interesantă și aș dori să vă trimiteți opiniile voastre la secretariatul districtului.

În final, doresc să adresez o rugăminte cluburilor care, din diferite motive, nu au transmis încă donația lor de 150 Euro/club pentru promovarea imaginii districtului, la Sydney. Îi rog să facă asta, este un gest normal, rotarian, patriotic, promovarea valorilor de referință în fața a peste 25.000 rotarieni, din întreaga lume. Colega noastră, PDG Martha Maria Mocanu, a depus o muncă titanică, să arătăm lumii cine suntem, cu adevărat!

La întoarcerea de la Sydney, în scrisoarea aferentă lunii iunie, vă voi comunica modul în care ne-am prezentat la această întâlnire grandioasă, în care forța rotariană, energia noastră, capătă valențe noi.

Cu prietenie rotariană,


Marian MOCAN
Guvernator 2013-2014

APRILIE 2014:

Dragi prieteni rotarieni,

Pentru Rotary International, luna aprilie este "Magazine Month". In aceasta luna se analizeaza activitatea cluburilor Rotary, Rotaract si Interact si se propune premierea celor mai reprezentative cluburi din district.

Aprilie 2014 este si luna Sarbatorilor Pascale pentru intreaga crestinatate. Este luna in care fiecare dintre noi ne analizam introspectiv activitatea de pana in prezent si ne facem planuri personale si organizationale pentru urmatoarele luni ale anului.

Asa cum va spuneam in scrisoarea din martie, a inceput verificarea informatiilor tuturor membrilor Rotary din district, prin telefon, printr-un call center constituit la Timisoara. Verificarea pleaca de la lista oficiala a membrilor Rotary International inscrisi pe My Rotary, care au ID rotarian. Rog presedintii si secretarii cluburilor sa raporteze la Rotary International toti colegii primiti in cluburi, conform normelor rotariene. Aceasta actiune va continua aproximativ o luna, pana la finalizarea tuturor verificarilor, astfel incat sa avem informatii cat mai corecte despre toti membrii din district.

Cea mai semnificativa actiune din luna urmatoare va fi Conferinta Districtuala de la Timisoara, in perioada 15-18 mai. Cu aceasta ocazie, vor fi sarbatoriti 85 de ani de miscare rotariana in Romania. In 1929 au fost infiintate primele doua cluburi Rotary din Romania, la Bucuresti si Timisoara. In anii urmatori au fost infiintate si alte cluburi, in alte orase din tara. Plecand de la acest moment festiv, vrem sa organizam in data de 16 mai o seara inedita, in care fiecare participant sa fie imbracat in costum traditional popular din zona sa folclorica. Evenimentul va avea loc la restaurantul fabricii de bere din Timisoara (prima fabrica de bere din Romania, infiintata in 1718). Va fi organizat si un concurs de costume populare iar atmosfera va fi intretinuta de solisti si formatii de renume.

In 17 mai, va avea loc gala dinner - o seara de gala de inalta tinuta si rafinament. Mancarea va fi pregatita de maestrul Antonio Passarelli, vinul va fi oferit de Cramele Recas, iar partea muzicala va fi asigurata de solisti si formatii cu legaturi directe in cluburile Rotary. Conferinta se va incheia duminica, 18 mai, la Cramele Recas, unde incepand cu ora 13 vom avea un pranz special, cu degustari de vinuri premiate la ultimele concursuri internationale si cu alte surprize. Ne dorim sa avem un eveniment deosebit, care sa arate forta si diversitatea Districtului 2241 Romania si Republica Moldova. Va rugam sa va inscrieti prin formularele care se gasesc pe site-ul districtului. Locurile fiind limitate, la anumite actiuni se va merge pe principiul - primul venit, primul servit -

Suntem in ultima parte a anului rotarian 2013-2014. Am depasit limita de 100 cluburi vizitate si sper ca in curand sa vizitez toate cele 113 cluburi din district. A fost un maraton adevarat, intalniri cu foarte multi colegi, vizite la diferite proiecte, intalniri cu autoritatile. Am avut privilegiul de a intalni oameni minunati care mi-au dat motive sa ma implic cu toata energia in munca aceasta frumoasa, dar si grea. Asa cum am spus si in ultimele mele vizite, am avut oportunitatea de a intalni partea pozitiva a Romaniei si a Republicii Moldova.

Este important ca la nivel national cluburile sa-si promoveze activitatea in mass media. Vom avea astfel mai multa vizibilitate, iar oamenii din exteriorul organizatiei ne vor cunoaste mult mai bine.

Pentru a fi promovati in revista districtului, va rog sa trimiteti colegei noastre Lia Lucia Epure fotografii si descrieri pe scurt ale evenimentelor pe care le-ati desfasurat.

Cu prietenie rotariană,
Marian MOCAN
Guvernator 2013-2014