Incoming RI President Mark Maloney has four distinct priorities which he spells out clearly
His first priority is to grow Rotary “by supporting our existing clubs and also growing new clubs with a different attitude, not necessarily in a new community.” He says often people are very happy that Rotary is doing so great in their community. “Sure, it is doing great but there are so many other segments of society that are not included. We have to get those.”
His second priority is to make Rotary more family-friendly. “That’s the way Gay and I have lived Rotary from the very start. I was 31 when I was club president, and at 34 became district governor. We just took our daughters along with us. We have three daughters, two biological, but in the last five years we have acquired a third daughter, a young woman, who due to a tragedy in her family has become a part of our family.”
Maloney’s third priority is to make Rotary leadership more accessible to people who are still actively engaged in their businesses and professions. “The greatest applause that I received in my theme speech at the International Assembly was when I told the governors that it is not necessary for you to visit each club individually. Now that is heresy here in India because the governor is such a rockstar compared with other parts of the world. But that’s so difficult; in the US so many people wait to become governor till they retire because of all the things that we expect traditionally of the governors.”
But he concedes that this is not going to happen overnight. “Some past governors will resist the change to conducting cluster meetings or having the governor come only to certain events. It’s going to take a change in attitude, a cultural change and cultural changes don’t take place that quickly,” says Maloney.
His last priority for his presidential year will be to focus on Rotary’s relationship with the UN, “because it is the 75th anniversary of the signing of the UN Charter”.