Incoming district governors ready to seize the opportunity

District governors-elect say they are ready to make the most of Rotary after learning the 2020-21 presidential theme, Rotary Opens Opportunities, at the International Assembly.

RI President-elect Holger Knaack encouraged the leaders to take advantage of the many options that Rotary provides to create change in the world.

“Rotary is not just a club that you join. It is an invitation to endless opportunities,” Knaack said Monday, 20 January, at the annual training event held in San Diego, California, USA. “It opens opportunities to serve in a project as big and historic as End Polio Now and also in a small community project, where you just plant a tree. ... Everything we do opens another opportunity for someone, somewhere.”

Several incoming district governors said moments after the theme was announced that they’re ready to seize those opportunities.

Rebecca Aitchison, Rotary Club of Waimate, New Zealand, partner of incoming governor of District 9980

“It is amazing how even just being a part of Rotary, it does open up the opportunities for you to be able to go through and give things and try new things and meet new people.”

Maud Basiame Boikanyo, Rotary Club of Maloti-Maseru, Lesotho, incoming governor of District 9370

“It is simple but to the point. It empowers you to set out your plans. You can interpret it in any way that you like.”

Ndukwe Okpani Chukwu, Rotary Club of Owerri Central, Imo State, Nigeria, incoming governor of District 9142

“For those of us who came through Interact and Rotaract and are now in Rotary, we are seeing the opportunities we have always wanted to provide young people — opportunities to express themselves in Rotary. And I think this creates the perfect opportunity to ask young people to come in to Rotary and share their dreams and ideals.”

Rajamohan Munisamy, Rotary Club of Pandan Valley, Singapore, incoming governor of District 3310

“It sounds really simple but it opens up many opportunities. It opens doors for friendship where we can come and serve together. It opens doors to all the core values of Rotary. I think it’s a fantastic theme.”

Peter D. Verbeeck, Rotary Club of Key Biscayne, Florida, USA, incoming governor of District 6990

“The theme is quite universal in that it encompasses not only Rotarians or new Rotarians that might come in to the club, but it also has an amazing opportunity for self-growth. It reflects the opportunities to meet other district governors or Rotarians who are doing projects locally or globally. It’s also beneficiaries of global grants who have opportunity to start receiving the benefits of connecting with Rotary.”