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  • We are in Rotary for one simple reason: to change the world.
    RI President 2011-12 Kalyan Banerjee.

  • One of the most wonderful things about Rotary is that it allows you to be part of something so much larger than yourself." -RI President Glenn Estess Sr. ( Opening plenary session at the Chicago Convention, 2005)

  • Rotary was founded as a business networking tool, and service came
    after that. Service is now our primary focus. - D K Lee

  • The magic of Rotary is that it allows ordinary people to do extraordinary things.
    - Wilfrid J Wilkinson, RI President 2007-08

  • "Rotary's got to grasp new technology, whether it's podcasting,
    blogs, mini-CD brochures, whatever. When you deliver our Rotary
    message in an electronic format, it also delivers the message
    that we're technologically advanced."
    — Chris Offer, Membership Development and Retention Committee chair
    From: January 2007 issue of Rotary World

  • "When a tree stops growing - it is ready to die.
    A Rotary Club is like that; it is moving ahead only when it is growing.
    When the growth ends, a knife-and-fork club begins"
    Rtn Charles G. Tennent - USA. RI President 1957-58

  • We must adjust Rotary to the Rotarians and not Rotarians to Rotary,"
    - Carl Wilhelm Steinhammar 2005-06 RI President 2005-06

  • A picture is worth a thousand words and a real life person who has the experience
    is worth a thousand pictures.
    - David L. Rosmer, PP, RC Mabalacat, Philippines (85-86)

  • I am available
    I am dependable
    I give more than I take
    - Robert Barth RI President 1993-94

  • When a tree stops growing - it is ready to die... A Rotary club is like that;
    It is moving ahead only when it is growing. When the growing ends, the knife-and-fork club begins."
    - Charles G. Tennent, RC Asheville, North Carolina, USA 1957-58


  • The more Rotary is known for its good work, the more good work Rotary will be able to do.

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.
    - Paul Harris made the statement in Peregrinations, Vol. III

  • I would like to think that the pioneering days of Rotary have only just begun. There are just as many new things to be done as ever there were. Kaleidoscopic changes are taking place, many of them without our will. Even to hang on to the fringe of this fast-changing world is about all most of us can do. Rotary simply must continue to pioneer or be left in the rear of progress.
    - Paul Harris wrote in the Rotarian February 1945

  • Mighty oaks from little acorns grow.
    [From a radio speech, describing the spread of Rotary from the first Chicago meeting."]


  1. They said persons could never fly like a bird, remembering Icarus. Then Orville Wright showed that this was possible - and Orville was a Rotarian.

  2. They said a person could never scale Everest, then Edmund Hillary and Tenzing proved them wrong - and Edmund was a Rotarian.

  3. They said the moon was a mystery. Then Frank Borman during the first manned flight carried a Rotary flag - and Borman was a Rotarian.

  • Rotary takes ordinary men, and gives them extra-ordinary opportunities to do more with their lives than they had ever dreamed possible.”
    - Clem Renouf, who was Rotary International President 1978-79

  • 3H has another interpretation. Head, Heart and Hands. If you use only your head, you are called an intellectual. if you use only your heart, you are called a missionary. If you use only your hands, you are called a worker. Those who use their head and their heart are called visionaries, those who use their head and hands are called technicians, those who use their heart and hands are called artists, it is only those who use their head, heart and hands who are called Rotarians.
    - Quoted by PDG Siddhartha S Bose.

I have long believed that the bedrock of Rotary is our commitment to ethical behavior.
-John Kenny, RIP 2009-10


"The greatest reward for doing is the opportunity to do more."
- Dr Jonas Salk inventor of the polio vaccine.

"To give real service you must add something which cannot be bought or measured with money, and that is sincerity and integrity." - Douglas Adams

"Faith is the first factor in a life devoted to service. Without it, nothing is possible. With it, nothing is impossible." - Mary McLeod Bethune (1875-1955)

"If we do not lay out ourselves in the service of mankind whom should we serve?" - John Adams (1767-1848)

"Keep doing good deeds long enough, and you'll probably turn out a good man in spite of yourself." - Louis Auchincloss

"My dad has always taught me these words: care and share. That's why we put on clinics. The only thing I can do is try to give back. If it works, it works." - Tiger Woods

"Only a life lived in the service to others is worth living." - Albert Einstein (1879-1955)

"Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth." - Muhammad Ali

"Some people give time, some money, some their skills and connections, some literally give their life's blood . . .but everyone has something to give." - Barbara Bush

"The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others." - Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948)

"The successful man doesn't use others, other people use the successful man, for above all the success is of service." - Mark Caine

"The thing that lies at the foundation of positive change, the way I see it, is service to a fellow human being." - Lech Walesa

"There is nothing to make you like other human beings so much as doing things for them." - Zora Neale Hurston (1903-1960)

"One kernel is felt in a hogshead; one drop of water helps to swell the ocean; a spark of fire help to give light to the world. None are too small, too feeble, too poor to be of service. Think of this and act."
- Hannah More (1745-1833)

"People who concentrate on giving good service always get more personal satisfaction as well as better business. How can we get better service? One way is by trying to see ourselves as others do."
- Patricia Fripp

The fragrance always remains on the hand that gives the rose.

Norman Cousins
If something comes to life in others because of you, then you have made an approach to immortality.

Anthony Robbins
Only those who have learned the power of sincere and selfless contribution experience life's deepest joy: true fulfillment..

John Wooden
You can't live a perfect day without doing something for someone who will never be able to repay you.

Sally Koch
Great opportunities to help others seldom come, but small ones surround us daily.

Jeff Warner
We are not put on this earth for ourselves, but are placed here for each other. If you are there always for others, then in time of need, someone will be there for you.

Bertha Von Suttner
After the verb "To Love"..."To Help" is the most beautiful verb in the world.

Sally Koch
Great opportunities to help others seldom come, but small ones surround us daily.

Leo Tolstoy
The sole meaning of life is to serve humanity.

Albert Schweitzer
One does not have to be an angel in order to be saint.

Loretta Girzartis
If someone listens, or strectches out a hand, or whispers a kind word of encouragement, or attempts to understand a lonely person, extraordinary things begin to happen.

Kahlil Gibran
Generosity is giving more than you can, and pride is taking less than you need.

Elbert Hubbard (1856 - 1915) US author
All success consists in this: You are doing something for somebody - benefiting humanity - and the feeling of success comes from the consciousness of this.

Emily Dickinson
If I can stop one heart from breaking,
I shall not live in vain;
If I can ease one life the aching,
Or cool one pain,
Or help one fainting robin
Up to his nest again,
I shall not live in vain.

Damien Hess
Giving what you don't have to give.
Giving when you don't need to give.
Giving because you want to give.

Edward Young
Pygmies are pygmies still, though percht on Alps;
And pyramids are pyramids in vales.
Each man makes his own stature, builds himself.
Virtue alone outbuilds the Pyramids;
Her monuments shall last when Egypt's fall.

Diogenes Laertius, Zeno
One ought to seek out virtue for its own sake, without being influenced by fear or hope, or by any external influence. Moreover, that in that does happiness consist.

David Star Jordan
Wisdom is knowing what to do next; virtue is doing it.

The greatest virtues are those which are most useful to other persons.

Swami Vivekananda

We are responsible for what we are, and whatever we
wish ourselves to be, we have the power to make
ourselves. If what we are now has been the result of
our own past actions, it certainly follows that
whatever we wish to be in the future can be produced
by our present actions; so we have to know how to act.

-Swami Vivekananda


"The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step."
-Lao-tzu, Chinese philosopher

Mother Teresa of Calcutta, India

“If we really want to love, if we really want to live, we must love until it hurts . . . No Rotarian whose motto is Service Above Self, I think, should call himself a Rotarian if he does not make time to serve . . . If we love, we begin to serve”

1981 RI Convention,
São Paulo, Brazil

Bradley N. (Brad) Stanton: PDG District 7450 Philadelphia, PA Area
A True Rotarian Will:
"Care more than others think is wise.
Risk more than others think is safe.
Dream more than others think is practical.
Expect more than others think is possible"

Carlo Ravizza: (RIP 1999-2000)
Rotary club membership must offer opportunities for meaningful service and friendships for all Rotarians. At the same time, we must maintain high standards. If we begin to simply look for dues-paying members as a means of increasing our budget, it will severely damage our credibility and signal the end of our organization.

Public Relations:
Do good deeds, and tell people you've done them.
Dave Smith-past RI Vice President 

Leadership - the key advice:
"Do unto others as you would have them do unto you."


  • Love simplicity - simplicity gives you power.

  • "When I read about the evils of drinking, I gave up reading." ~ Henny Youngman

Giving A Speech

  • If you cannot strike oil in 2 minutes - stop boring. (Shri N. Viswanathan).


  • "If you can dream it, you can do it." - Walt Disney



Author: Dr Dipak Sarbadhikari
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08 Jul 2011

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