Rotary Club of Kyoto South 2021-2022 Basic Policy
Learn, Enjoy and Grow through Rotary, and Take Action
－ Continue to change in order to remain unchanged ―
In the midst of the greatest pandemic since the Spanish flu, the world has fallen under the heel of COVID-19.
It has affected Kyoto South RC, and we have been forced to cancel various projects, on top of our weekly meetings.
It is most likely that we will start the new Rotary year before the pandemic comes to a complete end.
2021-22 RI President Shekhar Mehta announced the presidential theme, “Serve to Change Lives.”
District Governor Masuhiro Bamba stated the governor’s theme, “Vitality and Liveliness” (Value Rotary’s Fundamentals).
Conforming to these themes, I’d like to further our projects while taking account of the health and safety of the members and participants.
Valuing Rotary’s fundamentals starts with learning about Rotary.
We learn together, share experiences and thoughts, and enlighten each other. It is this active learning that brings our club vitality and liveliness. I’d like Kyoto South RC to be a place where we grow together and contribute to society through service.
Kyoto South RC has grown to be the third largest club in Japan, with approximately 250 members. We’ve become a role model in every aspect of how a Rotary club should be.
This accomplishment is the fruit of our senior members’ passion, wisdom, efforts, love, and devotion for our club.
Therefore we, who are benefitting from it, have an obligation to thrive without losing this reputation.
Over the last 10 years (as of the end of the year 2019-20), we saw a net membership increase of 29 members. We welcomed 179 new members and farewelled 151 leavers, which means about 60% of our membership changed in this period.
Even so, we cannot rest on our laurels, and we must maintain the club’s traditions, reputation, and status.
We should continue the club’s prosperity.
The surrounding environment is dramatically changing under chaotic social conditions, especially with COVID-19.
We must adjust to such rapid changes by embracing the Japanese idea of “Fueki Ryukou”1. We need to ascertain what should remain unchanged and what should be changed, so that we can manage the club in accordance with this ever-changing society.
It is my belief that we need to learn about Rotary first since we became part of it. Rotary has been run globally, by selected people, with their wisdom and passion, since it was founded in Chicago in 1905.
Its essence embraces universal philosophy, theory of life, humanitarianism and philanthropism. It also encompasses management philosophy you can apply to your own business.
I’m certain that learning these principles not only deepens our understanding of Rotary and leads to personal development, but also contributes to improving our business management and work values. I’d like to provide such learning opportunities throughout the year.
Kyoto South RC is a treasury filled with the diverse resources of its 250 members who are playing a prominent role in their professions. As we connect more with each other, new values continue to be created. Mutual enlightenment fosters self-development.
We call this kind of connection “Exposure to the Southern Wind.”
Exposing ourselves to this treasury of talents and professions helps us to mature as humans. Compared with other Rotary clubs, I think we have many more opportunities to connect with one another already, but I’d like to increase such opportunities, where members enjoy personal learning and development. It is my job to give insights into the significance of connecting, so that more people get involved in the opportunities we provide.
Selected, diverse people grow even wiser and gain deeper insight by connecting and sharing with each other.
We should all learn, enjoy and grow through Rotary. We can then return our gain to our professional fields and bring our businesses to a higher level. Through our businesses, we provide products and services that are useful to society and make it better.
This is the true value of Rotary clubs.
I hope that we, who are valuable resources, cooperate together and contribute to society through our club projects and services.
Due to the pandemic, what we can do is very limited, but I intend to carry on with our projects and services, with health and safety measures carefully considered.
I’d like to ask you all for your contributions and cooperation.
1The word “Fueki Ryukou” originates from the philosophy of “Sho-fuu” (a style that Japanese haiku poet Matsuo Basho and his students followed). “Fueki” means permanent value, and “ryukou” means a temporary trend. Widely used in business and art fields now, it conveys the meaning of incorporating new, ever-changing trends while maintaining fundamental values that are eternal.