All through the year, we reach out to Rotary communities across the globe. At the convention, we have the chance to see all those communities represented in one place – to hear all the language, see all the people, and learn about all the projects of the past year. Nothing brings home the internationality of Rotary convention, and nothing else has the same power to inspire.
A royal appearance kicked off the 2012 RI Convention in Bangkok, Thailand, 6 May, where Rotarians gathered to celebrate past accomplishments and future friendships.
Her Royal Highness Princess Chulabhorn represented His Majesty the King at the opening ceremony, thanking Rotarians for their good work around the world.
“I’m truly impressed by the unity of all Rotarians in devoting themselves to charity work in a spirit of selfless benevolence and dedication as befits Rotary’s own motto, Service Above Self,” said Princess Chulabhorn. “I am confident that your unwavering commitment and good intentions will reap due reward for our common cause.”
In his opening remarks, Banerjee said Rotary is stronger today than it was at the beginning of his presidential term: “I came into this year determined to make a difference, to leave Rotary stronger at the end of my year. And those goals were met,” said Banerjee. “But if there is one thing I have learned in this incredible year, it is that the changes that I have seen, the lives that have been touched haven’t been because of me. They have been because of you.”
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