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Preparing for the Future
Category: Service Projects | By RAGM, 22-Feb-2013 | Viewed 3875  Comments 0
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"Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment," said Buddha. This is a call for action, for service, in my opinion. But for the Rotarians to undertake projects that can change the lives of people, seeing the future is important. The future of the children has to be safe and bright. The future generation must live in peace and harmony. The future of every citizen in every country must be better than the present. That means, funding matters to implement mega projects and the Future Vision Plan of The Rotary Foundation is all about accessing funds that is available.

The Future Vision Plan dwells on sustainability, significance of the project and the simplification in getting the resources to do the work. This is what PRIP Luis Vicente Giay, Chair of the Future Vision Committee and the training co-ordinator and Vice-chair PRID Mark Maloney stressed during the specially convened session in San Diego for the RRFCs and DRFCs from around the world. The select committee consisting of  leaders such as Stephen Brown, Ray - Klinginsmith, Anne Mathews, Sam Okudzeto and Gulam Vahanvaty had spent long hours deliberating on the new system before it was introduced to 100 districts as a pilot project around the world. The results were encouraging and from July 2013 all the districts would have to be a part of this plan.

The Future Vision Plan is to move TRF towards its second century of service. New grant models will support the district and club's humanitarian and educational projects. The plan will bring about stronger clubs, better projects, increased donor base, greater global reach, increased contributions and enhanced public image of Rotary.

PRIP Bill Boyd and TRF Chair-elect D K Lee talked about the ways to engage Rotarians in the new grant model. The simplicity of the plan is obvious. From 12 grant types it is reduced to 3 and the grant related activities will be processed online. 

The six areas of focus basically talk about how the future should be for the community. "The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams," said Eleanor Roosevelt. The purpose of The Rotary Foundation is to make life happier for those who have been deprived of even the basic amenities of life. The purpose of doing a project for the welfare of the community for a Rotarian is to be happy within himself or herself that they have found the purpose of their life in this world. And happiness is not something you postpone for the future; it is something you design for the present.

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Rtn. Ashok Mahajan
Rtn. Ashok Mahajan
Trustee, The Rotary Foundation
Director, Rotary International 2007-2009
Member, International PolioPlus Committee
Chairman, Rotary International  
Membership Committee, 2012-13
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