扶輪聯誼會月(6月) Rotary Fellowships Month (June)
Internationality inspired first fellowship
當國際扶輪社員世界語聯誼會於1928年由英國與法國的扶輪社員所創立時，世界語—一個融合數個歐洲語言創造出來的語言—自1887年起便一直有人使用。這第一個聯誼會的扶輪社長帕斯考(Sydney W.Pascall)及杜培雷(Maurece Duperrey)—希望世界語有朝一日將成為國際通行語言。
When Rotaria Esperanto Amikaro (International Esperanto Fellowship of Rotarians) was founded in 1928 by English and French Rotarians, Esperanto - a language devised from a number of European tongues - had already been in use since 1887. The Rotarian members of that first fellowship, among them future RI presidents Sydney W. Pascall and Maurice Duperrey, cherished the hope that Esperanto would eventually become the global language.
Seventy-five years later, English predominates, while Esperanto speakers number two to four million. But the Esperanto fellowship, with 52 members in 18 countries on 6 continents, remains committed to Esperanto as a "fair, neutral, easy-for-all-to-learn" medium of world communication. And the fellowship's members do not view global use of Esperanto as a quixotic goal.
"People on every continent are aware of the difficulty of mastering several languages," say Eskil Svane and Marc Levin, the fellowship's president and secretary, respectively. "In the European Union [EU], for instance, soon 25 countries will understand the impracticality of using many languages, ones as different as Finnish and Greek. The EU's translation budget is already unacceptably burdensome. Esperanto offers a practical alternative to dozens of national and regional languages."
Like the Esperanto fellowship, scores of other Rotary Fellowships share an international vision. They, too, hope to broaden the appeal or outreach of hobbies, vocations, and other interests. And like the Esperanto fellowship, currently based in France, they have officers and activities worldwide.
Rotary Fellowships Month is an ideal time to learn more about the international friendship, enjoyment of learning and new experiences, and opportunities to serve available in the fellowships. For information, please contact RI Intercultural Programs staff at email@example.com, visit individual fellowships on the RI Web site at www.rotary.org/programs/fellowships, or consult an independent Web site on the fellowships (www.rotaryfellowships.org).