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RI President Kalyan Banerjee, July Message
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RI president 2011/2012 Kalyan Banerjee

All of us in Rotary are looking to change the world – why else would we be Rotarians? We believe that our world can be happier, healthier, and more peaceful, and that we can create that better world through our service.

I ask Rotarians to "Reach Within to Embrace Humanity". Search first within yourselves, to understand that all of us, everywhere, have the same dreams, the same hopes, the same aspirations, and similar dilemmas. When we understand, and truly feel, that others’ needs are the same as our own, we begin to understand how important our work is.

In this new Rotary year, we will have three emphases in our Rotary service.

First the family and the home which are at the core of all our work – all our service begins here. Through the family, we approach all of our community and our extended family all of humanity. Where all care for each other and, no one is ever alone.

Second is continuity – finding the things we do well and taking them to the next level. Build on success and strive to do even more. Our greatest obligation is to PolioPlus, where success is so close.

Third is change to begin with each of us, and start within us. We cannot share peace with others if we do not have it to give. We cannot look after the whole world without first looking after those closest to us: Our families, our clubs, and our communities.

Together, we will "Reach Within to Embrace Humanity" and in peace, harmony, and friendship, we will bring change – and a more joyful world.