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Message from RI President 2021-22 Holger Knaack

Dear Rotarians, Rotaractors, and friends,

This does not seem like a time for great optimism, but it has to be. Long before Rotary was founded, the world dealt with great crises that tested humankind’s ability to progress and endure. In the age of Rotary, the world has faced many more catastrophes; however, we have survived, and every step of the way, Rotary has helped the world heal.

Every great challenge is an opportunity for renewal and growth. I revealed the theme of Rotary Opens ­Opportunities at the International Assembly in San Diego just as the Covid-19 crisis was beginning, but these are words that I have believed for many years.

Rotary is not just a club that you join; it is an invitation to endless opportunities. We believe in creating opportunities for others and for ourselves. We believe that our acts of service, large and small, generate opportunities for people who need our help, and that Rotary opens opportunities for us to live a richer, more meaningful life, with friends around the world, based on our core values.

Governments and institutions are gaining a greater appreciation for the types of public health partnerships that are critical to our work. People stuck at home, eager for greater connections and hungry to help their communities, are now embracing the values we have promoted since our beginning.

All of this is positive news, but just because there are greater opportunities than ever for Rotary to thrive does not guarantee that we will succeed. The world is changing rapidly — and was doing so even before this crisis. People were starting to move away from regular lunch meetings and toward online gatherings. Friendships were being cultivated and revived in social media relationships even before most of our meetings moved to Zoom and Skype. Younger generations have a strong desire to serve — but have questioned whether they could play a meaningful role in organisations like Rotary or whether they might make a bigger impact forming different types of connections. Now is the time to put everything on the table, test new approaches, and prepare Rotary for the future.

The Covid-19 crisis has forced all of us to adapt. This is good, and our new Action Plan specifically calls on us to improve our ability to adapt. But adaptation is not enough. We need to change, and change dramatically, if we are to face the challenges of this new age and provide the Rotary that the world so desperately needs.

This is our great challenge, not just in the next year but into the future. It is up to us to remake Rotary for these new times — to wholeheartedly embrace the ideas, energy, and commitment of young people eager to find an outlet for idealism. We must become an organisation fully enmeshed in the digital age, not one that simply looks for online ways to keep doing what we have always done.

The world needs Rotary now more than ever. It is up to us to make sure that Rotary Opens Opportunities for generations to come.

Holger Knaack
President, Rotary International

Message from District Governor 2020-21 Rtn. Rajib Pokhrel

Dear Rotaractors,

Greetings to you.

At the outset, let me Congratulate you for taking over the leadership of the club for the year 2020/21.

We all should consider ourselves to be very fortunate that we are a member of a very reputed and extremely popular organisation called Rotary. Since its inception more than hundred years ago Rotary has done so many wonderful and life changing service projects that has benefitted many people and communities around the world for good.

Having said that, though Rotaract joined the Rotary family only in the sixties I must admit that Rotaractors have played a very significant role to put Rotary in a strong position that it is in today. The youths have contributed so much in service projects, RYLA, vocational training programmes, leadership to name a few. It is also very encouraging to see that many Rotaractors are gathering to open their own Rotary Clubs or joining various other Rotary Clubs.

Recognising the excellent contribution of the Rotaractors and the contribution that they have made in the growth of Rotary the Rotary International has decided in its last “Council of Legislation” meeting that Rotaract will no longer be a Programme of Rotary but a member of the Rotary International. In fact, from July 2022 Rotaractors will get the opportunity to pay a minimum fee and become the member of Rotary International. What a positive change the Rotary International has made and I would like to Congratulate each one of you for this achievement.

In the coming year 2020/21 as the serving District Governor I have made changes to include Rotaractors in various important District Committees. These inclusions will not only encourage Rotaractors but will also give a good exposure to them about Rotary and will motivate them and others to join and work for Rotary.

With the support of all the youths I look forward to work with you together in the year 2020/21 as Rotary is a platform where opportunities open not only to serve but to develop our own personalities. Therefore, let us take the advantage of RI President Rtn. Holgar Knaack’s theme of “Rotary Opens Opportunities.” with the mindset of “Together We Can” and work together to do good in the world.

Thank You and Good luck.

Rajib Pokhrel

DG 2020/21

District 3292


Message from District Rotaract Representative Rtr. Sanjib Poudel

Namaskar and warm Rotaract Greeting,

I am delighted to congratulate club leaders of Rotary Year 2019-20 for noteworthy performance throughout the year to take Rotaract moment forward and take the club to a newer height. Congratulations to all office bearers of the club as we welcome the new Rotary Year 2020-21 and look forward to work together to create value.

The theme for this Rotary Year “Creating Value” refers to the process of creating value of our members within the club, District, community, and society. Furthermore, Creating Value resonates with the idea of enhancing professionalism and supporting the community’s needs to create the value of Rotaractors and of Rotaract as a brand.

Extending this concept, the objective of Creating Value is to establish the Rotaract fraternity as a place for not just community service but the place where you can have professional benefits as well. It is high time to recognize Rotaract as the forum where you can grow professionally, build networks with other professionals, and nurture young leaders.

Rotary Year 2020-21 also marks the final year of 3 years’ vision set by Rotaract District 3292. As we work together to achieve our shared vision, we shall also focus on enhancing professional opportunities for our members. As RI President Rtn. Holgar Knaack explained the theme for Rotary Year 2020-21 Rotary Open Opportunities, he highlighted that “everything we do opens another opportunity for someone, somewhere”. Amid the global COVID-19 pandemic that we find ourselves surrounded in, this can be reflected in the ways our clubs and members have embraced technology and explored creative opportunities in ways we conduct our projects and serve our communities.

As your District Rotaract Representative, I strongly believe that embracing the values of Rotary, we are capable of opening doors of opportunities to create the value of our clubs and members within Rotary-Rotaract and beyond. As District Rotaract Representative, and of behalf of the District team, I wish your club a successful year ahead and would like to ensure our support in every step as we embark on our journey to a new Rotary Year.

Rtr. Sanjib Paudel
District Rotaract Representative Rotary Year 2020-21
Rotary International District 3292, Nepal and Bhutan

Message from Rotary International President 2019-20 Mark Daniel Maloney

Dear Rotaractors
It is my pleasure to send greetings to you as you prepare for your 2019-20 year of service. May this website connects you with your fellow Rotaractors and Rotarians within district 3292.

Rotaractors are not just future leaders, they demonstrate vital leadership skills currently every day! You
are young leaders who solve problems hands-on, doing so with great energy and passion. In Rotary and
Rotaract, we not only expand our horizons across the globe, but we also help strengthen the connections that change it for better. Rotaract helps bring generations together in our communities and makes this world in which we live a better place while having a little fun too.

Thank you for part of the Rotary family. I look forward to you joining me as Rotary connects the world.

Kindest Regards

Mark Daniel Maloney
Rotary International President,2019-20

Message from District Rotaract Representative Rtr. Sneha Shakya

Dear Fellow Rotaractors!


Firstly, I would like to congratulate and extend my best wishes to all Club Leaders of Rota Year 2019-20 for taking up the esteemed leadership roles in your clubs! Similarly, congratulations and kudos to the leaders of Rota Year 2018-19 for successfully carrying forward the legacy of Rotaract!

I find Rotaract fascinating especially because it is this amazing pool of self-motivated, enthusiastic and dedicated youths. We strive to the best of our abilities to bring positive changes in the society while also fostering our personal and professional growth. It is a perfect blend of service, fellowship and personal growth and it is great to see our clubs excelling in all these. Thank you for your continuous efforts in providing needful service while also being committed to youth development. Rotaract is proud to have dedicated and enthusiastic individuals like you all.

RI President Rtn. Mark Maloney has announced the theme for Rota Year 2019-20 as “Rotary Connects the World”. Indeed, Rotary connects us with like-minded individuals who want to take action for a better world.  As President Mark rightly points out, we need to reflect upon and find out ways as to how we can connect to and engage more individuals, making Rotary and Rotaract more engaging as well as manageable for everyone.

Complementing the District Theme “सक्षमता र साझेदारी – Competence and Collaboration”, I urge all Rotaractors to dedicate this year to bettering ourselves so we can contribute better with our improved capabilities. Let us work towards fostering our skills and talents, towards growth and development, and towards building our own capacities. Rotaract is a platform – let us utilize this platform as a place to identify our strengths, work on our skills, hone our talents and become better everyday. Find something you can learn, something that will make you better, in every action you take.

Let us also complement competence with collaboration. Let us work together in the process of bettering ourselves. Let us seek to collaborate with our fellow clubs, with Rotary Clubs, with different Districts, local clubs, organizations and different stakeholders alike – firstly to develop our competency and with that, help others in the process of becoming more competent! Let us collaborate also in service, to bring out synergic effects that make our actions more meaningful and impactful.

Once again, thank you for your continuous efforts and contribution in making Rotaract movement very vibrant and successful in our District. Let us continue working together to achieve our goals and to bring about positive changes around us!

My best wishes are always with you all.

Rtr. Sneha Shakya
District Rotaract Representative 2019-20

Message from District Governor 2019-20 Rtn. Kiran Lal Shrestha

Rtr. Sneha Shakya
District Rotaract Representative
Rotaract District Council
Dear Sneha

Gita and I congratulate you and all the participants of the Rotaract Global Model United Nations Conference and also would like to welcome you all to Pokhara, Nepal.

I am very confident that this conference will bring the participants closer to each other and will provide a good opportunity to get to know and exchange ideas between young people from different cultural, economic and academic backgrounds.

A new decade begins as we shape Rotary’s future. We have made plans and will work together to reach our needy community and family through you all together.

This year RI President Mark Maloney has been encouraging us to build more community-based Rotaract and Interact Clubs. We Rotarians know you are our future and can be a key factor in the future growth of the Rotary movement and I urge you all to “each one bring one” because we believe more members mean more fellowship and more service for the needy.

I urge you to focus on literacy projects and each club should adopt at least one school, “a happy school” because without literacy we cannot imagine a happy and healthy life or a prosperous Nepal if we cannot eradicate poverty.

Remember Good things will only be achieved only through hard work, faith, and determination. Believe in Guru Anand’s quote “No matter who you are, no matter what you did, no matter where you have come from, you can always change and become a better version of yourself”.
We, were together yesterday, we are together today, we will be more closer tomorrow, so let’s be connected with each other as per our theme “Rotary Connects The World” then only can we ACT and REFLECT.

Regards and Jay Rotary.

Kiran Lal Shrestha
District Governor