Posted by Colin Heggie on Jul 20, 2021
Loredana Eisenhauer shared Rotary International 2021-22 President Shekhar Mehta’s Theme Speech, delivered virtually Feb 1st, 2021 to District Governors Elect during the Rotary International Assembly.  Shekhar Mehta says serving others changes lives, including our own | Rotary International  Shekhar is a member of the Rotary Club of Calcutta-Mahanagar, West Bengal, India.  This was an impressive delivery of an inspiring address.  Joining Rotary led Shekhar to see the plight of many rural people, & to understand them better.  “Rotary kindled the spark within me to look beyond myself and embrace humanity,” he said. “Service became a way of life for me and I, like many others, adopted the guiding philosophy that ‘Service is the rent I pay for the space I occupy on this earth, and I want to be a good tenant of this earth.’”  He “wants members to focus their efforts on empowering girls and ensuring their access to education, resources, services, and opportunities so that future generations of women leaders will have the tools they need to succeed. Mehta asked members to use Rotary’s belief that diversity, equity, and inclusion is critical in all we do as a compass to guide this work.”  Explaining that Rotary’s global membership has been static at 1.2m for 17 years, he believes our biggest challenge is to increase membership – “Do More, Grow More.”  Each one of us should bring another member, so our numbers grow to 1.3m by July 1st, 2022.  Increasing membership while eradicating polio, fighting Covid-19 & serving our communities is an ambitious goal for all of us.