When Paul Harris began the first Rotary club 104 years ago, he did not initially think of service. Instead, he had in mind a place where people of good character, intelligence, and morals could enjoy each other's fellowship and friendship. The service came later, as a natural outgrowth of the gathering of such people.

Every good Rotarian, every member who shares our core values, will make a club that much stronger, and that much more attractive for others to join. Unfortunately, it is also the case that bringing in the wrong person can have the opposite effect. Rotarians are and must be people of a certain caliber - people with the capacity to do great deeds, the sense to do them wisely, and the strength of character to do them honestly and well. The membership challenges that we face today are considerable, and in many ways new.

There is no denying the difficulties posed by the current global financial situation. But in the words of Henry Ford, "If money is your hope for independence you will never have it. The only real security that a man will have in this world is a reserve of knowledge, experience and ability.

"And as long as we all do our jobs well, and bring in new members carefully, this is a security we in Rotary will never lack".
                                                                                                                                               John Kenny, President Rotary International