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
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

JUNE:

Dear Rotarian friends,
June is the last month of this Rotarian year. This letter is written on my return from the Rotary International Convention in Sydney and, as promised in my previous letter, I will share my impressions with you.
 
The Sydney Convention was a high quality event. The Australians tried to organize a grandiose event and succeeded, for the most part. Once again, our district was well promoted, PDG Martha Maria Mocanu deserves all the credit for her hard work making our presence there noticeable. The two artists who represented our district were exceptional, performing more concerts than initially planned. Proud to hear Romanian tunes alongside international songs, we began dancing to the rhythm. Rotarians from different countries (especially Asians) joined in. The organizers openly thanked us.
 
Our exhibition booth, displaying the role of Romanians in the development of science, engineering and culture worldwide, was the only one with a distinct theme and also the most photographed by Rotarians from around the world. It felt good to have colleagues from different continents congratulate us on our booth and declare how impressed they were with the Romanian contribution to global progress. They all agreed we have plenty of reasons to be proud of our Romanian nationality.
 
If you want to truly see Rotary is at national level, you have to attend a National District Conference. If you want to truly see Rotary is at international level, you have to attend an international convention. The next convention will take place in Sao Paolo, Brazil in June 2015.
 
Analyzing the activity this past Rotarian year, I am pleased with what I’ve succeeded. I am especially pleased with the atmosphere throughout the district this year, that clubs worked together in peace, collaborated and carried out many projects of impact in their communities. I am happy with the district team who surpassed my expectations, with how well we worked with most club presidents and boards. My only reason of dissatisfaction is that not all clubs made the 150 euro/club contribution for the participation of the district in the Sydney convention.
 
I ask club presidents to work together with incoming presidents, to ensure induction ceremonies are well organized and the transition from one year to the next is smooth and without disturbances.
 
It is very good that a president or governor mandate is for one year only. During their mandate year, each Rotarian, as incoming President wants to do everything he can and more to leave his mark on the club activities. As we are each of us busy with work, family or something else, we don’t have a lot of time available for long-term activities. Each Rotarian year should be a step forward in the development of our club and district. Let’s not forget team work is very important and efficient.
 
Please mind the activity of the Rotaract and Interact clubs you sponsor. This year, the number of youth clubs has increased by 25%, which is very good. But this increase should mean more involvement and more community projects. Young people are very eager to do a good job, but they need support and guidance.
 
At the end of my mandate, I want to wish all clubs good health and goodwill, many successful projects and be sure to keep in touch with the incoming Governor who should feel you as close as I did. Try to do everything you can to help those in need.
 
I am very happy and proud to have been Governor of District 2241 Romania - the Republic of Moldova in the Rotary year 2013-2014 and to have discovered the positive side of Romania and the Republic of Moldova.
 
I hope to see you all again soon!
 
 
With Rotarian friendship,
 
Marian MOCAN
Governor 2013-2014
 
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