Posted by Ozlem Kocanaogullari on Jul 12, 2019

Greetings fellow Rotarians and guests!
Welcome to the
Rotary E-Club of One World!
Dear Fellow OWR members,

As we start our new Rotary year, no doubt you are as excited as I am! As I am new to the position of presidency in a Rotary club, please bear with me as I stumble through the duties of this year.

RI president Mark Maloney has set three goals for this year. The ones that are most applicable to our club and I wish to strive to achieve in the Rotary E-Club of One World.

The first goal is growing Rotary in numbers. Replacing new members with members lost is not quite the solution, but I will work hard with my board members and club membership chair to find the real reasons why members chose not to be with us anymore and we will try to eliminate those reasons. This is a changing world and our club will perish if we do not chose to change along with it.

Second goal for this year is to bring Rotary closer to our families. Being an a e-club it is somewhat challenging to include our family members to our already challenging online meetings, however there is no reason why we cannot include our families with the activities of our buddy clubs. Also I aim to encourage our members to visit one another while we might be traveling. It will help build the bands of our members while helping their families become more involved in Rotary.

Third emphasis of our goals within this year, one I personally like, is to remember to respect the duties of young professionals in Rotary.

At the end of the day, Rotary is a volunteer work and it should never stand in between individual’s duties to his/her professional life. It is possible to maintain an office in Rotary while continuing pressing duties of professional life. Rotary can change and adopt to fit the needs of its members. What better way to do this in anywhere but in our e-club! We are already blessed with simplification provided by technology while we still connect and serve for our community.

As we progress with our new year I take it upon myself to “visit” you at your homes or offices, while I connect with you online, I wish to hear your ideas and wishes requests for the upcoming year.

I plan on making trips within this year solely to be able to get to know more Rotarians, connect with other Rotary officers and hopefully out paths will cross soon.

I wish you all a healthy, happy, prosperous new Rotary year!
Yours in Rotary Service,
Ozlem Kocanaogullari
President 2019-2020
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