Wisdom Corner

“Having leadership skills does not alone assure good Rotary leadership. An effective Rotary leader must ALSO have Rotary knowledge, perspective about where Rotary has been, where it is now going and a vision of what Rotary can be.” “Work for a cause, not for applause. Live your life to express, not to impress, don’t strive to make your presence noticed, just make your absence felt.” “You cannot be good enough for everybody, but you will always be the best for the one who deserves you” “Actions speak louder than words, so believe what you see and forget what you heard”

- Anonymous

Quotes by Dr.Dipak C. Jain, Ph.D (Former Dean, Kelloggs School of Management and receipient of Kalyan Banerjee Change-maker Award of Rotary Club of Bombay West) “The elevator of success is out of order. Take the stairs, one step at a time.” “To the world you may be a person, but to a person, you may be the world.”

Present Moment

Gautam Buddha : The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, not to worry about the future, or not to anticipate troubles, but to live in the present moment wisely and earnestly. Osho : Act in the moment, live in the present, don’t allow the past to interfere, and you will be surprised that life is such an eternal wonder. Deepak Chopra : Living in the present moment creates the experience of eternity. Eckhart Tolle : If you find you’re here-an-now intollerable and it makes you unhappy, you have three options: remove yourself from the situation, change it or accept it totally. Jan Glidewell : You can clutch the past so tightly to your chest that it leaves your arms too full to embrace the present.

Kalyan Banerjee, RI President (2011-12)

The final chapter on eradication of polio from India having been written, it is time for us to script a new epic. And, the name of that new epic is “Total Literacy in South Asia”. While making this announcement during the Literacy Conference in Kathmandu in 2012, we were aware that the task was daunting, yet we realized the real magnitude of the work only as we started working. It is a gigantic task indeed. But I believe it is such challenges that the Rotrians like to take up. I can see this in the enthusiasm that has been generated for the T-E-A-C-H Programme. Rotary News, June 2014

Ron Burton, RI President 2013-14 at RI Convention, Sydney (June 2014)

Being a Rotarian isn’t about our own achievements, it isn’t about our own careers, it really isn’t about us at all. It’s about the people we help. At the end of the day, the only thing that matters in Rotary is how much better the world becomes because Rotary is in it.

Paul Harris

What is Rotary? Thousands have made answer each in his own way. It is easier to note what Rotary does than what it is. One recently has said, “If Rotary has encouraged us to take a more kindly outlook on life and men; if Rotary has taught us greater tolerance and the desire to see the best in others; if Rotary has brought us pleasant and helpful contacts with others who also are trying to capture and radiate the joy and beauty of life, then Rotary has brought us all that we can expect.” Chicago, October, 1945

Her Royal Highness Princess Chulobhom at the 103rd RI Convention at Bangkok

I am truly impressed by the unity of all Rotarians in devoting themselves to charity work in a spirit of selfless benevolence and dedication as befits Rotary Motto “Service Above Self”. It is therefore a great pleasure to see members of Rotary International from all parts of the world, and their families gathered here at the Convention to reaffirm their faith and to remain steadfast in the ideals of Rotary International, firm in their resolve to do good in the world.

1912-13 RI President Glenn C. Mead in The National Rotarian , January 1912

A Rotary club gives us an opportunity that no social, political, or specialized business club can do. It is strong on the human side; it stands for the individual, unfetters him, appeals to his originality, brings out his latent powers, and puts him at his best by extending him the full measure of his confidence and appealing to the best that is in him — ‘service not self.’

Clifford L. Dochterman, RI President – 1992-93

Rotary helps you become a better person and makes the quality of your own life just a little richer and more meaningful. What a wonderful experience it is to have all of these opportunities knocking at your door—just because you are a Rotarian.

Bollywood Icon Amitabh Bachhan on RI’s efforts at Polio Eradication

The Pulse Polio campaign, supported by our Government and international organizations such as WHO, Unicef, and Rotary International, has made great strides in reaching these families; but we need to continue to do more and we need the entire country to be behind this effort.

Address to 1938 Rotary Convention, San Francisco, California, USA

Rotary is so simple that many people do not understand it, and some even misunderstand it. Rotary is not a philosophy…not an all-embracing world point of view which answers every question…and satisfies all the dictates of the heart and mind. Rotary is merely an association of business and professional men united in the ideal of service.

Quote from “Rational Rotarianism, The National Rotarian, January 1911

If this Rotary of ours is destined to be more than a mere passing thing, it will be because you and I have learned the importance of bearing with each other’s infirmities, the value of toleration.

Sir Winston Churchill

We make a living with what we get, we make a life with what we give Paul Harris It is well that there is nothing in Rotary so sacred that it cannot be set aside in favor of things better. This is an experimental age in a changing world, and all things which are worthwhile and progressive are the cumulative effects of preceding successes and failures. Why I am a Rotarian ? “Is it not a miracle that Rotary has brought together good and influential men of all civilized countries? And is it not gratifying to know that there is a platform broad enough for all men to stand on? And is it not heartwarming to know that men of diverse faiths and allegiances can find so much in each other, which is wholesome and good? Rotary is an integrating force in a world where disintegrating forces are far more numerous.”

RI President Elect – Kalyan Banerjee (2011-12)

Why I am a Rotarian? As a schoolboy, I remember that I enjoyed accompanying my uncle, then a Rotary Club President, to his Club. Even then, I always had the feeling that in a Rotary meeting, I was with good people, caring people, loving people, friendly people. Today, after 26 years in Rotary, I am a Rotarian for much the same reasons. I have the same feeling of total care, of comfortable camaraderie, of friendship which seeks no returns, of looking at each new face as a friend whom I am just meeting. It is uncanny. It is almost unreal. It is the sort of feeling that one has when as a child, one plays with school friends. Rotary rejuvenates. And it is axiomatic that when you stay together, you do things together, working comfortably and happily, to create things out of nothing – a school, a hospital, a vocational training centre, or a water supply system for a remote rural village. It does not matter what, but it just seems to happen naturally. I have often thought I would replicate this creative aspect of Rotary elsewhere, in other institutions, if I could. Somehow, I found it to be impossible. And so, I can never have enough of Rotary. Where else can one sit at a table with friends and seriously, very seriously, mind you, ponder over ways and means to enhance your community, develop a new youth project, or conjure up a programme to bring the people of the world together? And to think that what I do or contribute by way of resources and time does really make a difference! It really does matter! Talk of ordinary people and extraordinary opportunities! Where else, but in Rotary?

Bill Gates on Polio Eradication

“Rotarians, government leaders, and health professionals have made a phenomenal commitment to get us to a point at which polio afflicts only a small number of the world’s children,” Gates said. “However, complete elimination of the poliovirus is difficult and will continue to be difficult for a number of years. Rotary in particular has inspired my own personal commitment to get deeply involved in achieving eradication.” “The world would not be where it is without Rotary, and it won’t go where it needs to go without Rotary”

Dr.Pallavi Shah, President (2010-11), International Inner Wheel

Service means working for the welfare of living beings. Humans have this unique capacity to think beyond themselves and render unselfish service. The more unselfish or selfless is a person, he is considered higher on the ladder of evolution.

Rtn.T.K.Balakrishnan, Editor, Rotary News

Every project you undertake in Rotary and every programme of The Rotary Foundation is an “Action for Happiness”. Rotary has identified practical actions that anyone can take in their everyday lives – not only to help boost their own happiness but also contribute to building better, more positive environments in their families, relationships, workplaces and communities. Rotary helps you to discover yourself.

HH The Aga Khan at Rotary Club of Bombay in Jan 1978

…I am convinced there is more spontaneous humanitarian and philanthropic activity in this part of the world than any other. This great effort in practically all fields of human involvement has produced a myriad of organisations, institutions, trusts, foundations and other benefactors. They operate at the village level, at the estate level at the national level, at the International level and even worldwide, and I have often asked myself whether it would be acceptable, and practical to seek to apply some pragmatism to this vast field of human endeavour to channel those institutions that are freely willing into a more rational, logical and methodical approach to serve the poor and the sick…… a voluntary effort at co-ordination, based on a systematically quantified analysis of how many agencies are rendering what services in what fields in what parts of the country with the aim of identifying areas of duplication, of surplus office, of under-use of institutions, of waste through individual rather than bulk purchasing, of duplication rather than sharing of qualified manpower, might be an idea worth pursuing, and one in which a respected and recognised international service association, enlightened by the leading citizens all over the country, such as the Rotary Club might wish to take the lead.