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  • District 9685
  • Chartered 1946

Rotary International Themes

Each Rotary year the President of Rotary International sets a theme for Rotarians and their Clubs to adopt in their activities.  Rotary also has a set of monthly themes throughout the year, which Clubs can reference for activities and PR.

The theme distills into a simple phrase the mission for that year’s President, and provides inspiration and motivation for all Rotarians to achieve more.  This year, K.R. "Ravi" Ravindran, a business leader from Colombo, Sri Lanka, takes office on 1 July as the 105th president of Rotary International. 

As Sri Lanka's chair of Rotary's polio eradication efforts, Ravindran led efforts to eradicate polio from Sri Lanka. His country became one of the first in Asia to become polio-free in Asia. The PolioPlus task force which he headed consisted of representatives from Rotary, UNICEF and the Sri Lankan government. The partnership successfully negotiated a ceasefire with the northern militants to allow polio immunizations to continue during scheduled National Immunization Days. Ravindran is founder and CEO of Printcare PLC, a publicly listed company and global leader in the tea packaging industry. He also serves on the board of several other companies and charitable trusts. He is the founding president of the Sri Lanka Anti-Narcotics Association, the largest anti-narcotics organization in Sri Lanka.
A Rotarian since 1974, Ravindran has served Rotary as a director and treasurer of Rotary International and as a trustee of The Rotary Foundation. He has been awarded The Rotary Foundation's Citation for Meritorious Service and Distinguished Service Award and the Service Award for a Polio-Free World.

Read the press release here.

The 2015-16 Rotary International Theme is: "Be a Gift to the World"

2014-15 Rotary International Theme is: "Light Up Rotary"

2013–2014 Rotary International theme was: “Engage Rotary, Change Lives”

Click here to view the video of Ron Burton announcing his theme message at the Rotary International Assembly.

Click here to download a ZIP file of the full set of official 2013–2014 Rotary Theme Graphics.

2012–2013 Rotary International theme was: “Peace Through Service”

Click here to download a copy of Sakuji Tanaka's Speech

Click here to view a video of President Sakuji Tanaka

Click here to download a ZIP file of the official 2012-2013 Rotary theme graphics

2011–2012 Rotary International theme was: “Reach Within to Embrace Humanity”

Click here to read the full speech made by incoming 2011–2012 Rotary International President Kaylan Banerjee, when he announced the new theme.

Click here to view some videos of President Kaylan Banerjee on Rotary International's Website.

Click here to download a ZIP file of the full set of official 2011–2012 Rotary Theme Graphics.

2010–2011 Rotary International theme was: “Building Communities, Bridging Continents”


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Click here to read the full speech made by incoming 2010–2011 Rotary International President Ray Klinginsmith, when he announced the new theme.

Click here to download a PDF of President Ray Klinginsmith’s Presidential Citation.

Click here to download a ZIP file of the full set of official 2010–2011 Rotary Theme Graphics.

Rotary International Recurring Monthly Themes (every year)

Some past examples of Rotary International Annual Themes


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1949 to Today – Rotary Themes over the past 60+ years:


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