Dear Rotarians and friends of Rotary,
It’s an honor to address you here as the incoming President of Rotary Club Beirut Cedars for 2018/2019. I feel valued for being entrusted with this special responsibility from people that I respect highly and specially for being given this opportunity to continue on the path drawn by our club founders. Allow me to thank the outgoing chair, Mrs. Rima Khalaf for her remarkable efforts for successful projects in 2017-2018.
As we mark the beginning of the new rotary year, it is always good to be reminded of Rotary as a chain connecting the most qualified in professions. Rotary tackles important aspects dealing with public interests and working for the general good of society. Rotary is not only engaged in serving the local community but aims to connect with other clubs in different countries with the same interests & goals.
I recall the past ten years of cooperating with the best team, friends and members. Together we accomplished 105 fellowship program, 171 lectures and 115 projects. With reference to the Rotary International theme 2018-2019 “Be the Inspiration”, I decided to work this year on “Inspiring Youth“. I want to share with you “Beirut of my Youth” as captured by Nabil Ismail, which was a war victim for years but our mission is to rise again through our collaboration to encourage young men & women to proceed along for their rights and pursue their dreams. I am so enthusiastic about my upcoming journey consisting of unique projects that will be communicated on all social media.
Let me take this opportunity to acknowledge the district governor and my colleague, DG. Michele Jazzar. Your words were heartening to me and to my family. I am privileged to receive such praise. I deeply appreciate your endorsement and count on your continuous positive and constructive engagement.
Finally, my aim was and will always be to achieve the club’s main goals (Service above Self).
I believe that it is through your support, critics and encouragement that I will be able to lead the year 18-19 with an exceptional board team and members. I encourage the readers from all over the country to join us & I can assure them that they will have joyful time while helping the community. My wishes for this year are progress, development and prosper in the fellowship programs, lectures and projects.
Yours in Rotary
Dr. Rami Sarkis