Rotary International President Holger Knaack shares the importance of taking on big challenges and increasing our impact to create new opportunities.

The Covid pandemic, while bringing so much suffering to the entire globe, has also enabled Rotary to open opportunities in many different ways, such as this institute and the virtual meetings we hold. These are so important as they bring leaders together to brainstorm on how to take on the challenges ahead. We are now in a time of rapid change and we have to keep working together to ensure Rotary comes out of this difficult time in a much stronger position,” said RI President Holger Knaack, while delivering the convocation address at the GETS event for RI zones 4, 5, 6 and 7.

Striking a pensive note, he said, “Rotary was founded in a world that doesn’t exist any longer, it is a different world now, which moves faster and is harder to comprehend. And it is filled with crises to manage. And yet it gives us new opportunities.”

He said even before this crisis, people were meeting and keeping connected to different friends in different ways. “Social media and online connections were already there but they have now become more important. We are all now used to working virtually. Most important, the younger generation that has grown up in this world, has a stronger desire for service and connections.”

Congratulating the DGEs for getting the unique opportunity to lead their districts and urging them to make the most of it, he said: “it is up to all of us to remake Rotary for these new times, and to wholeheartedly embrace the ideals and commitments of younger people eager to find an outlet for their idealism. We must become an organisation that embraces the digital age, and make it a part of all that we do. It is important that we create a new Rotary for the new age. Rotary is not just a club that you join, it is an invitation for endless opportunities in both big and historic projects such as ending polio as well as small community projects at the club level.”