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扶輪世界200202

(扶輪月刊2002/5)

 

地區擴展與社員發展

District Expansion & Membership Development

人類不能等
Mankind cannot wait

 

當我在11月撰寫這份文告時,根據國際扶輪社員協調人的報告,自20017月起已經有23,671個人成為扶輪社員,200個新扶輪社授證成立,這對於我們這些認為扶輪成長攸關我們組織與全世界的人來說,實在是個令人振奮的消息。可是光是數字本身並無法看見全貌;它們無法完整呈現出這些新扶輪社員對人類福祉可能產生的影響。

As I write this message in November, 23,671 people have become Rotarians, as reported by the RI Membership Coordinators, and 200 new clubs have been chartered since 1 July 2001, which is very heartening news for all of us who view Rotary’s growth as essential to our organization and to our world. Numbers alone don’t tell the whole story, however; they don’t reveal the full impact that any one of these new Rotarians may have on the welfare of mankind.

我說的是像英格蘭帕克斯東(Parkstone)扶輪社的巴克山(George Buckley)這樣的扶輪社員。他曾經前往羅馬尼亞40餘次,帶著迫切需要的食物與醫療用品。他在目睹羅馬尼亞孤兒院無助孩童的駭人困境之後,便在羅馬尼亞的特古麥斯創立一個扶輪社,並發起一項計劃讓這些孤兒院轉變為照顧與教育兒童的乾淨、溫暖的地方。由於一位扶輪社員的悲憫與熱忱,這些孤兒的生命真正獲得重生。

I think about Rotarians like George Buckley of the Rotary Club of Parkstone, England, who has made more than 40 trips to Romania bringing desperately needed fold and medical supplies. After seeing the terrible plight of helpless children in Romanian orphanages, George organized a club in Tirgu Mires, Romania, and launched a project to transform these orphanages into clean, warm places where children are cared for and educated. The lives of those orphans were literally transformed because of one Rotarian’s compassion and commitment.

有多少個巴克里還未成為扶輪社員?我的保守估計是數十人,甚至數百人、數千人。試想數十萬個有扶輪社員心腸的男女卻從沒有機會享受扶輪提供的服務架構與網絡。

How many George Buckleys are there who are not yet Rotarians? My conservative estimate is tens, even hundreds, of thousands. Think of that – hundreds of thousands of men and women with the hearts and minds of Rotarians who have never had the opportunity to enjoy the structure and network for service that Rotary provides.

讓我屢屢覺得不安的是我們知道這些人就我那裡,對邀請他們成為扶輪社員卻遲疑不決。在對扶輪人道服務需求日漸成長之際,我們再也不能拖延。讓我們聽聽諾貝爾獎得主,智利詩人密絲特拉兒所說的話:孩子不能等。現在正是他發育骨骼、製造血液、發展感官的時候,對他們來說,我們不能回答『明天』因為他們的名字是『今天』。

What I find so disturbing is that we know these people are out there, and yet we hesitate to invite them to become Rotarians. With the need for Rotary’s humanitarian service growing daily, we can afford to delay no longer. Let us heed the words of the Nobel Prize-winning poet Gabriela Mistral of Chile, who said: ”The child cannot wait. Right now is the time that his bones are being formed, his blood is being made, and his senses are being developed. To him, we cannot answer ‘tomorrow’ for his name is ‘today’.

如果各位今年尚未介紹新社員入社,我請各位今天、現在就去做。服務人類是我們的事業,人類不能等。

If you have not yet inducted a new member this year, I ask you to do so now, today. Mankind Is Our Business, and mankind cannot wait.

 

2001~02年度國際扶輪社長RI President

理查金恩Richard D. King