A message from Rotary International General Secretary John Hewko
 
As any great institution with a long and glorious trajectory, I believe that our organization is at an inflection point, at a crossroads.

We are living in a time when technology and the means of communication are radically, and at an unprecedented rate, changing the ways humans interact.

We are living in a time when there are myriad competing options for people to network professionally and to give back to their communities.

We are living in a time when, in many countries, young professionals barely have time for their work and families, let alone time to engage in outside activities such as Rotary.

And as a result, we are living in a time when Rotary, on a global level, is facing some serious challenges, as we see worldwide membership stagnating at 1.2 million over the past 15 years.

However, we are also living in a time when our great organization has an incredible opportunity to adapt and to grow. But to take advantage of this opportunity will require leadership from you and from many others in the Rotary world.
 
Extracted from a speech at International Assembly. John Hewko is General Secretary of Rotary International. Photo credit Rotary International