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Rotary International  March 2011 

2011-12 RI theme
On 17 January, at the International Assembly in San Diego, California, USA, RI President-elect Kalyan Banerjee unveiled the 2011-12 RI theme, Reach Within to Embrace Humanity. Read more.
國際扶輪社長當選人Kalyan Banerjee117日在美國加州聖地牙哥舉行的國際研討會上,宣布了2011-12年度國際扶輪主題:人道關懷行善天下。繼續閱讀
Download theme logos. Send an  e-card with the 2011-12 theme 下載主題標誌。寄出附有2011-12年度主題的電子賀卡.

‘Reach Within to Embrace Humanity’ is 2011-12 RI theme

RI President-elect Kalyan Banerjee will ask Rotarians to Reach Within to Embrace Humanity during the 2011-12 Rotary year.
國際扶輪社長當選人Kalyan Banerjee2011-12扶輪年度,要求扶輪社員身體力行「人道關懷行善天下」。 

Banerjee unveiled the RI theme during the opening plenary session of the 2011 International Assembly, a training event for incoming district governors.


He urged participants to harness their inner resolve and strength to achieve success in Rotary.

"In order to achieve anything in this world, a person has to use all the resources he can draw on. And the only place to start is with ourselves and within ourselves," Banerjee said.


Once Rotarians find their inner strength, he continued, they can accomplish great things in their communities and around the world.


"Discover yourself, develop the strengths within you, and then unhesitatingly, unflinchingly, go forth and encircle the world, to embrace humanity," he said.



Banerjee emphasized the family as a starting point in serving others. "The communities we live in are not built of individual people but of families -- families living in homes together, sharing their lives and their resources and their common destinies. Good families lead to good neighborhoods, and good neighborhoods build good communities."
強調家庭是服務他人的起點。他表示:「我們生活的社區,並非以個人構成,而是由家庭組成 同住一家的家人,分享彼此的生活、資源及共同命運。好家庭帶來好鄰居,好鄰居則打造出好社區。


Rotarians can focus on projects that support families, such as those that provide safe housing or improve maternal and child health, he said.



Continuity in Rotary’s work, including polio eradication, is also important, Banerjee said. "There are so many things we are indeed good at: working for clean, safe water; spreading literacy; working in so many ways with the New Generations, our youth, in our newest Avenue of Service and assisting them to become the leaders of tomorrow."
持續投入根除小兒麻痺一類的扶輪工作,可謂同樣重要。Banerjee表示:「我們擅長的工作確實很多,包括提倡潔淨安全的飲用水及推廣識字,運用最新的服務途徑,亦能以種種不同方式,與新世代 也就是我們的青少年共事,協助他們成為明日的領導人。」


Citing Mahatma Gandhi’s call to "be the change you wish to see in the world," Banerjee said Rotarians should also focus on change.


"If we wish for peace, we start by living in peace ourselves, in our homes and in our communities," he explained. "If we wish environmental degradation to stop, if we wish to reduce child mortality or to prevent hunger, we must be the instrument of that change -- and recognize that it must start within us, with each of us."
他解釋道:「我們若想要和平,就得以在自身、家庭與社區和平相處為開始。我們欲阻止環境惡化、減少兒童死亡率或防止飢餓,就得成為促成這些改變的工具 - 並承認須以每個人的內心為起點。」


The theme inspired the roomful of Rotary leaders, including Jogesh Gambhir, governor-elect of District 3250 (India).
這項主題激勵了在場的扶輪領導人,包括印度扶輪3250地區總監當選人Jogesh Gambhir


“It is a touching theme, but also very purposeful and meaningful,” said Gambhir. “I’m sure we can inspire the clubs into action to solve the problems in the community. That’s the ultimate goal of Rotary.”


“There are no words for me to describe how remarkable it was. To me, he was right on and weaved everything together beautifully," said Jane Millar, governor-elect of District 6290 (parts of Ontario, Canada, and Michigan, USA). "I am so thrilled to be a district governor when this man is president.
6290扶輪地區(加拿大部分安大略省及美國密西根州)總監當選人Jane Millar說:「我無法以言語來描述這項主題的出色。對我而言,他不僅說得正確無誤,更將一切完美地結合在一起。我很雀躍能在他擔任社長的期間,成為地區總監。」


“I loved the focus on family, continuity, and change," she added. "Family is the center of everything, and not just our immediate family. It’s also about the family of Rotary and the world as one big family."


RI President-elect Kalyan Banerjee announces the 2011-12 RI theme during the International Assembly in San Diego, California.
國際扶輪社長當選人Kalyan Banerjee於加州聖地牙哥舉行的國際研討會上,宣布2011-12年度國際扶輪主題。

2010-11 Youth Exchange Committee appointed
In December, RI President Ray Klinginsmith appointed a Youth Exchange Committee for the 2010-11 year that will guide and advise the RI Board on the program. The Rotarians appointed to the committee, who are experts in Youth Exchange, are: Neil I. McDonald, chair, Rotary Club of North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada (District 5040); David E. Anderson,  Yea Victoria, Australia (D-9790); Francisco L. Araújo, Recife, Pernambuco, Brazil (D-4500); Danielle M. Baltus, Lessines, Hainaut, Belgium (D-1620); David E. Moreman, Front Royal, Virginia, USA (D-7570); and Yoshihiro Sekiba, Hirosaki, Aomori, Japan (D-2830).
國際扶輪社長Ray Klinginsmith12月任命2010-11年度的青少年交換委員會,負責針對青少年交換計畫,提供國際扶輪董事會指導準則與相關建議。經任命擔任委員會成員的扶輪社員皆是青少年交換專家,包括:加拿大卑詩省北溫哥華扶輪社(5040地區)社長Neil I. McDonald、澳洲維多利亞州耶鎮(9790地區)David E. Anderson、巴西伯南布哥州勒西斐(5040地區)Francisco L. Araújo、比利時埃諾省萊西恩(1620地區)Danielle M. Baltus、美國維吉尼亞州芙隆諾亞(7570地區)David E. Moreman、以及日本青森縣弘前市(2830地區)Yoshihiro Sekiba
Contact information for the committee will be included in all quarterly Youth Exchange officer directories. Please contact committee members with program concerns or recommendations.
Youth Exchange students in the news 青少年交換學生的新聞報導
Sarah van Heerden of South Africa tells how her 1980 Rotary Youth Exchange experience in Canada gave her the self-confidence to pursue her dreams. Now, 31 years later, she has become a Rotarian. Learn more.
來自南非的Sarah van Heerden娓娓道來在1980年於加拿大的扶輪青少年交換經驗,如何帶給她尋夢的自信。31年後的現在,她成為正式扶輪社員。繼續閱讀

Dare to Dream

by Noelene Cairncross, as told to Sarah van Heerden 
The Rotarian -- February 2011 

作者:Noelene Cairncross,依Sarah van Heerden口述撰寫扶輪人 – 20112月號


Thirty years ago, I was a shy teenager from Gelvandale, a suburb of Port Elizabeth, South Africa. The apartheid government had designated the town a colored group area, and many black families like mine were forced to relocate there.



My knowledge of life outside was limited. I lived with my parents and 11 siblings in a two-bedroom council house owned by the government. Though I dreamed of becoming a doctor, affording a university education seemed impossible. My family had little money. Mother taught us strong morals, the value of hard work, and the importance of believing in ourselves, but a future in medicine, the opportunity to travel, or even a college education were just pipe dreams. Then a Rotarian entered my life and changed everything.



In 1979, during my final year of high school, Bob Zeiss, president of the Rotary Club of Port Elizabeth West, gave a presentation at my school about Rotary Youth Exchange. There had never been a black Youth Exchange student from South Africa, and his club wanted to change that.

1979年是我高中生涯的最後一年,西伊莉莎白港扶輪社社長Bob Zeiss到學校說明扶輪青少年交換計畫。以往不曾來自南非的黑人青少年交換學生,而他的扶輪社打算改變此點。


The opportunity sounded extraordinary, but I doubted the club would choose me. Although I excelled academically, I was timid and had few friends. The thought of speaking in front of a room of unfamiliar faces was terrifying. Nevertheless, Bob saw my potential.


Selection panel

I applied, and the process was tough. I had to explain to a selection panel why I wanted to be a Youth Exchange student. I remember praying a lot before the panel convened. I remember the faces of the Port Elizabeth West club members as I stood before them. And I remember everyone’s surprise when I admitted that the farthest I’d ever traveled was to Humansdorp, a small town on the cape, about 80 kilometers away.



That night, when Bob called to tell me they’d made their decision, I was convinced that they had chosen someone else, someone more confident and outgoing. He said they’d chosen me. I was speechless. I would spend a year in Canada and would be the first black Youth Exchange student from South Africa. It was a milestone for me, my family, and my country.



I was elated but anxious. There was much to do before I left. Bob volunteered to be my counselor and went out of his way to prepare and encourage me. Because I lacked confidence in public speaking, he arranged for me to attend a Toastmistresses’ course. The first session was a disaster. The Toastmistresses told Bob I was hopeless. I thought I would never speak in public again. Bob had shown faith in me, and I’d let him down.



I phoned him to apologize, but he said that at one time Winston Churchill also had a fear of public speaking and encouraged me to try again. Determined to succeed, I completed the course and gradually gained confidence in myself. In the end, the Toastmistresses told Bob they had come to see the talent in me.



Meanwhile, the Port Elizabeth West club secured financial assistance for me, including a donation of R3,000 from the Ford Motor Company for my flight to Canada. Because of the apartheid regime, the club could have faced many obstacles in sending me to Canada. But Bob and the others seemed unphased. They always treated me like any other exchange student.



There had never been a black Youth Exchange student from South Africa. Bob's club wanted to change that.



As I prepared to depart, I met the rest of the outgoing exchange students from South Africa, all of whom were white. In a country where segregation was the law, I feared they wouldn’t accept me. But as we got to know each other, I realized politics wasn’t an issue, and we became friends. I remember standing in the crowd of Youth Exchange students in our matching green blazers, preparing to depart. At that moment, I felt shy Noelene disappear and a new confident, enthusiastic young lady emerge. All the while, Bob had been by my side, encouraging me.



It was a cold January night in 1980 when I arrived in Canada. Members of the Rotary Club of Timmins, Ont., were waiting at the airport to welcome me. It wasn’t just my first flight and my first trip overseas – it was also the first time I saw snow. I remember stepping outside, feeling the flakes on my skin. I was so excited to touch them, I forgot about how cold it was.

我是在19801月的一個寒冷冬夜抵達加拿大。安大略省提敏斯扶輪社的人員正在機場等候接機。這不僅是我的第一次飛行,也是首次出國 更是第一次看到雪。還記得自己走出外面,感受到雪花落在身上的感觸,我是如此雀躍地撫摸著雪,忘了當時有多麼冷。


During the year I spent in Timmins, I lived with four Rotarian families. All of them made me feel like one of their own. They helped me overcome my initial culture shock and supported me as I entered my new school. Though the majority of the students were white, they welcomed me and invited me into their homes as they would any visitor. I traveled extensively throughout Canada and the northern United States and spoke at many Rotary club meetings. With every speech, my abilities improved until I no longer felt nervous. I always kept in mind that I represented my country as an ambassador.



Bob kept in touch with my host families and made sure I was financially secure during my stay. During one of our regular phone calls, he asked me what I wanted to do when I returned to South Africa. Although I held tightly to my dream of being a doctor, I knew medical school was out of reach. I told him I could pack groceries at Pick n Pay, the supermarket chain. That answer wasn’t good enough for Bob. “I asked you what you want to do, not what you could do,” he replied. I told him not to laugh. I said, “I want to be a doctor.”

Bob與我的接待家庭一直保持聯繫,確認我在停留期間的經濟無虞。有次在例行通電話時,他問我回到南非後最想做些什麼。儘管我仍堅持著成為醫生的夢想,卻知道醫學院可謂遙不可及。我告訴他,可以在連鎖超市Pick n Pay從事雜貨包裝工作。這個答案對Bob而言不夠好。他回答說:「我問的是你想做什麼,而不是你能做什麼」。我告訴他可別笑出來,接著便說道:「我想成為醫生。」


The phone call had a dramatic impact on my life. With Bob’s encouragement, my dream seemed within reach for the first time. My time in Canada helped me grow spiritually and emotionally, and when I returned to South Africa, I was better equipped for the challenges I faced. Bob helped arrange a student loan for me, but the bank wouldn’t approve it without someone to cosign for it. Bob didn’t think twice. He guaranteed the loan.



Medical school



Finally, in 1982, I entered medical school at the University of Natal. Four years later, I graduated. I wouldn’t be where I am today if it weren’t for Bob. I’m a specialist obstetrician and gynecologist at Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Hospital near Durban, which serves a large and impoverished community. Part of my work is to care for pregnant HIV/AIDS patients and to prevent mother-to-child transmission of the disease. I didn’t enter into a more lucrative full-time private practice because medicine and helping people are my passion, and I get so much joy out of the work I do.



Over the years, I lost touch with the Rotarians who had made such a difference in my life. But in 2007, I spent two months practicing medicine in Canada and used the opportunity to visit Timmins. Some of the Rotarians I’d met during the exchange were still there, and they welcomed me just as they had almost 30 years before. The experience inspired me to reconnect with the Rotarians from Port Elizabeth as well. In 2009, I contacted a club president there, and weeks later, I reunited with Bob and several members of the Port Elizabeth West club. I was overjoyed and thanked them for all they’d done for me. I explained how they had changed my life and told them about my eldest daughter, Kristil, who works in Geneva as a financial analyst; my daughter Angelica, who is in her third year of college and dreams of becoming a magazine editor; and my son, Justin, who is in high school and plans to study business science at the University of Cape Town. It amazes me still to think of how I have grown since Rotary gave me the chance to fulfill my dream.



I’ve stayed in touch with Bob ever since. Last year, I learned that the Rotary Club of Port Elizabeth West would be making him a Paul Harris Fellow. I flew to Port Elizabeth for the occasion to surprise him. The dinner was an emotional event. I sat next to Bob and his wife and presented him with the honor.



Last year, I also decided it was time I became a Rotarian. On 24 May, I was inducted as a member of the Rotary Club of Westville.



Now it’s my turn to make someone else’s dream come true.




Outbound-Only Certification
The outbound-only certification requirements have been simplified to streamline the certification process. Noncertified districts are invited to obtain outbound-only certification to allow students who might not otherwise be able to participate in Youth Exchange the chance to experience new cultures and engage with the international community.
Certified district programs can also offer sponsorship or other means of offsetting costs to students in underrepresented areas of the Rotary world. Additionally, districts might find ways to use these one-way exchanges to foster fellowship between Rotarians in both districts, future service projects, and partnerships through other programs, such as Rotary Friendship Exchange or Rotary Foundation grants.
For more information or assistance with the process, contact Youth Exchange staff at
Discounted convention registration deadline is 31 March
Are you planning to attend the RI Convention after the Youth Exchange Officers Preconvention Meeting in New Orleans? If you register for the convention by 31 March, you can save up to US$40. Find out more.
This year, the Youth Exchange Officers Preconvention Meeting is a separate meeting with a registration fee of $50; attendees do not need to register for the RI Convention in order to attend the preconvention meeting. 
Register for free webinars
Rotary International is offering a series of free webinars on topics that may be helpful to your work with New Generations, such as transitioning to an electronic newsletter and learning how to influence the public perception of Rotary. You can also listen to recordings of past webinars on topics including using social media to promote your club or district and developing a club website. Learn more and register
Newly certified districts
Congratulations to the Egyptian portion of District 2450, which was recently certified. (Armenia, Bahrain, Cyprus, Georgia, Jordan, Lebanon, Sudan, and United Arab Emirates are not certified and therefore cannot plan any exchanges.)
The list of noncertified districts is updated every two weeks.  
Current Rotary Code of Policies
The Rotary Code of Policies is available in English on the RI website. The sections most relevant to the Youth Exchange program are Youth Protection (2.110), District Finances (17.060), and Youth Exchange (41.080).
Translated versions of these sections are available on the Rotary Youth Exchange Workgroup site, which district and multidistrict chairs can visit through Member Access or by e-mailing
Upcoming Events
2011 Youth Exchange Officers Preconvention Meeting
New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
20-21 May
16th Annual Japan Youth Exchange Conference: Matsuyama Meeting
Matsuyama, Ehime, Japan
4-5 June
Hotel Okudogo
Contact: Ken Kanda (
EEMA Conference 2011
Sun City Resort, Johannesburg, South Africa
26-29 August
Contact: Christopher Thompson (

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