In 2000 I became a member of Rotary Club Landgraaf, D1550, the Netherlands. On the very first meeting I attended, two rebounds of USA and Peru told their story about the year of their life. My first experience in Rotary was a WOW experience.
In 2008 I joined the MD youth exchange committee and visited my first NAYEN conference in Montreal in 2009. Another WOW moment. This is the year that Ray Klinginsmith annouced the 5th avenue. And he explained the difference between a member of a Rotary Club and a real Rotarian. Well you YEOs are what he calls the REAL ROTARIANS.
I met a lot of people and this was the start of my global network and the many many friendships within Rotary worldwide. The amount of exchanges was about 8000 exchanges per year.
Now many years later I notice following:
- The number has not increased
- It is often the same districts, the same clubs and often the same YEO that are running in the program
- Einstein already knew that if you keep doing the same thing, you should not be surprised to get the same results.
WE NEED CHANGE
- I have a dream that Africa claims its position within EEMA. The Power of One is just the start.
- I have a dream that clubs show leadership and participate in the program
- I have a dream that more districts will be certified.
THINKING IN OPPORTUNITEES
- I have a dream that COVID-19 will lead to new opportunities for example regional exchanges
- I have a dream that COVID-19 will lead to new forms of conferences: HYBRID CONFERENCES with a larger participation
- I have a dream that COVID-19 will lead to EEMA 2021 with more than 500 participants
ROTARY HAS TO CHANGE
- I have a dream that ALL Governors know what Youth Exchange is about
- I have a dream that ALL Rotary Directors know what Youth Exchange is about
- I have a dream that RI shows the leadership to EMPOWER YOUTH
EMPOWER YOUTH : I have a dream
- I have a dream that we will grow to 40 000 exchanges per year
- I have a dream that rebounds will become real Rotarians
- I have a dream that rebounds will be our future leaders, and will form a better global leadership than we face today
PLEASE HELP ME TO FULLFILL OUR DREAMS