History of Rotary Themes

Rotary Themes through the Years

 

Each January, as Rotary district governors-elect convene at the International Assembly for training and fellowship, they can be certain of two things: a lot of take-home reading and the announcement of a new RI theme.

The tradition of crafting a theme is credited to 1949-50 RI President Percy C. Hodgson, who outlined a list of four objectives for his term in office. Among them were the better application of the principles of vocational service and dedication to world understanding and peace through international service programs.

Though Hodgson’s 83-word proclamation ran substantially longer than today’s shorter, punchier themes, Rotarians’ desire to celebrate and support their president’s annual program of service has remained the same. Other early themes include Rotary Is Hope in Action (Joaquin Serratosa Cibils, 1953-54), Kindle the Spark Within (Nitish C. Laharry, 1962-63), and Good Will Begins with You (Ernst G. Breitholtz, 1971-72).

In the decades that followed, RI presidents introduced theme logos, lapel pins, ties, and scarves and in 2019-20 Socks!  Theme ties were introduced in the 1990s, and are now given out yearly. Many have incorporated the theme for the year. The first scarves showing the RI theme were designed by 1998-99 RI President James L. Lacy and his wife, Claudine, Follow Your Rotary Dream.

 

Theme Logo Rotary Year                 Theme RI President District 5040 Governor
1980-1981	Take Time to Serve
1980-1981
Take Time to Serve

 

Rolf J. Klärich
Rotary Club of Helsinki-Helsingfors
Finland

 

 

 
1981-1982	World Understanding and Peace through Rotary
1981-1982
World Understanding and Peace through Rotary

Stanley E. McCaffrey
Rotary Club of Stockton
California, USA

 

1982-1983	Mankind Is One — Build Bridges of Friendship throughout the World
1982-1983
Mankind Is One — Build Bridges of Friendship throughout the World

 

Hiroji Mukasa
Rotary Club of Nakatsu
Oita, Japan

 

 
1983-1984	Share Rotary, Serve People
1983-1984
Share Rotary, Serve People William E. Skelton
Rotary Club of Christiansburg-Blacksburg
Virginia, USA
 
1984-1985	Discover a New World of Service
1984-1985
Discover a New World of Service

Carlos Canseco
Rotary Club of Monterrey
Nuevo León, Mexico

 

1985-1986	You Are the Key
1985-1986
You Are the Key

 

Edward F. Cadman
Rotary Club of Wenatchee
Washington, USA

 

 
 1986-1987	Rotary Brings Hope
1986-1987
Rotary Brings Hope

M.A.T. Caparas
Rotary Club of Manila
Manila, Philippines

 

1987-1988	Rotarians — United in Service — Dedicated to Peace
1987-1988
Rotarians — United in Service — Dedicated to Peace

 

Charles C. Keller
Rotary Club of California
Pennsylvania, USA

 

 

1988-1989	Put Life into Rotary — Your Life
1988-1989
Put Life into Rotary — Your Life

 

Royce Abbey
Rotary Club of Essendon
Victoria, Australia

 

 

 

 
1989-1990	Enjoy Rotary!
1989-1990
Enjoy Rotary!

 

Hugh M. Archer
Rotary Club of Dearborn
Michigan, USA

 

 
1990-1991	Honor Rotary with Faith and Enthusiasm
1990-1991
Honor Rotary with Faith and Enthusiasm

 

Paulo V.C. Costa
Rotary Club of Santos
São Paulo, Brazil

 

 
1991-1992	Look Beyond Yourself
1991-1992
Look Beyond Yourself

 

Rajendra K. Saboo
Rotary Club of Chandigarh
Union Territory, India

 

 
1992-1993	Real Happiness Is Helping Others
1992-1993
Real Happiness Is Helping Others

 

Clifford L. Dochterman
Rotary Club of Moraga
California, USA

 
1993-1994  Believe in What You Do — Do What You Believe in

1993-1994

Believe in What You Do — Do What You Believe in

 

Robert Barth
Rotary Club of Aarau
Switzerland

 
1994-1995	Be a Friend
1994-1995
Be a Friend

 

 

Bill Huntley
Rotary Club of Alford & Mablethorpe
Lincolnshire, England

 

 

 
1995-1996	Act with Integrity, Serve with Love, Work for Peace
1995-1996
Act with Integrity, Serve with Love, Work for Peace

 

 

Herbert G. Brown
Rotary Club of Clearwater
Florida, USA

 

 

 
1996-1997	Build the Future with Action and Vision
1996-1997
Build the Future with Action and Vision

 

 

Luis Vicente Giay
Rotary Club of Arrecifes
Buenos Aires, Argentina

 

 

 
1997-1998	Show Rotary Cares — for your community, for our world, for its people
1997-1998
Show Rotary Cares — for your community, for our world, for its people

 

 

Glen W. Kinross
Rotary Club of Hamilton,
Brisbane Queensland, Australia

 

 

 
1998-1999	Follow Your Rotary Dream
1998-1999
Follow Your Rotary Dream

 

 

James L. Lacy
Rotary Club of Cookeville
Tennessee, USA

 

 

 
1999-2000	Rotary 2000: Act with Consistency, Credibility, Continuity
1999-2000
Rotary 2000: Act with Consistency, Credibility, Continuity

 

 

Carlo Ravizza
Rotary Club of Milano
Sud-Ovest, Italy

 

 
2000-2001	Create Awareness — Take Action
2000-2001
Create Awareness — Take Action

 

 

Frank J. Devlyn
Rotary Club of Anáhuac
Distrito Federal, Mexico

 

 

 
2001-2002	Mankind Is Our Business
2001-2002
Mankind Is Our Business

 

 

Richard D. King
Rotary Club of Niles (Fremont)
California, USA

 

 

 
2002-2003	Sow the Seeds of Love
2002-2003
Sow the Seeds of Love

 

 

Bhichai Rattakul
Rotary Club of Dhonburi
Thailand

 

 

 
2003-2004	Lend a Hand
2003-2004
Lend a Hand

 

 

Jonathan B. Majiyagbe
Rotary Club of Kano
Kano State, Nigeria

 

 
2004-2005	Celebrate Rotary
2004-2005
Celebrate Rotary

 

 

Glenn E. Estess Sr.
Rotary Club of Shades Valley
Alabama, USA

 

 
2005-2006	Service Above Self
2005-2006
Service Above Self

 

Carl-Wilhelm Stenhammar
Rotary Club of Göteborg
Sweden

 

 
2006-2007	Lead the Way
2006-2007
Lead the Way

 

William B. Boyd
Rotary Club of Pakuranga
Auckland, New Zealand

 

 

 
2007-2008	Rotary Shares
2007-2008
Rotary Shares

 

Wilfrid J. Wilkinson
Rotary Club of Trenton
Ontario, Canada

 

 

 
2008-2009	Make Dreams Real
2008-2009
Make Dreams Real

 

Dong Kurn Lee
Rotary Club of Seoul Hangang
Seoul, Korea

 

 
2009-2010	The Future of Rotary Is in Your Hands
2009-2010
The Future of Rotary Is in Your Hands

 

John Kenny
Rotary Club of Grangemouth
Scotland

 

 
2010-2011	Building Communities -- Bridging Continents
2010-2011
Building Communities — Bridging Continents

 

Ray Klinginsmith
Rotary Club of Kirksville
Missouri, USA

 

 
2011-2012	Reach Within to Embrace Humanity
2011-2012
Reach Within to Embrace Humanity

Kalyan Banerjee

Rotary Club of Vapi
Gujarat, India

 

 

Hans Doj
2012-2013	Peace Through Service
2012-2013
Peace Through Service
 
Sakuji Tanaka
Rotary Club of Yashio
Saitama, Japan
 
Rebecca McPhearson
2013-2014	Engage Rotary Change Lives
2013-2014
Engage Rotary Change Lives

 

Ron D. Burton
Rotary Club of Norman
Oklahoma, USA

 

 

Gary Shearer
RI President-elect Gary C.K. Huang chose Light Up Rotary as his theme for 2014-15.
2014-2015
Light Up Rotary

Gary Huang
Rotary Club of Taipei Taiwan
Taipei, Taiwan

Ken Wilson
Rotary Club of West Vancouver Sunrise
Be a Gift to the World
2015-2016
 
Be a Gift to the World

 

K.R. “Ravi” Ravindran
Rotary Club of Columbo
Sri Lanka

 

John Anderson
Rotary Club of Tsawwassen
2016-2017
Rotary Serving Humanity

 

John F. Germ
Rotary Club of Chattanooga
Chattanooga, Tennessee

 

 

Lyn Stroshin
Rotary club of Whistler Millennium

2017-2018
Rotary: Making A Difference

 

Ian H.S. Riseley
Rotary Club of Sandringham
Victoria, Australia

 

Don Evans
Rotary Club of Vancouver
 
2018-2019
Be the Inspiration

Barry Rassin
Rotary Club of East Nassau
New Providence, Bahamas

Darcy Long
Sunshine Coast Sechelt
2019-2020 Rotary Connects the World

Mark Daniel Maloney
Rotary Club of Decatur
Decatur, Alabama USA

Bala Naidoo
Burnaby Metrotown
 
2020-2021
 
Rotary Opens Opportunities
 
Holger Knaack
Rotary Club of Rotary Club of Herzogtum
Lauenburg-Mölln, Germany
Dave Hamilton
Tsawwassen
/Darcy Long
2021-2022
 
Serve to Change Lives
 
Shekhar Mehta
Rotary Club of Calcutta-Mahanagar,
West Bengal, India
Lorne Calder
Prince George