San Tan Crown Rotary Club’s incoming President for the 2014-2015 club year, Terry Lubsen, attended this year’s Rotary International convention held June 1-4, 2014 in Sydney, Australia.
The four-day event, which drew to a close on June 4, attracted more than 18,000 attendees from 153 countries. Rotary International President Elect Gary Burton encouraged convention-goers to return to their clubs ready to do more to improve the lives of others.
“Together, we can dream big and we can achieve. We can change whole communities for the better, not for a day but for a lifetime,” he said.
Rotary changes lives by improving literacy, making water cleaner, bringing better health care to mothers and children, and eradicating polio worldwide, Burton said. But he warned that complacency could set Rotary back.
“That’s why it isn’t enough for any of us to just go through the motions, to show up at our clubs, to do just the minimum needed and no more,” he added. “And it’s why each of us has to remember, every hour of every day, what a responsibility we have.”