13 Aug 2022

Peace within and without and love and respect for each other - Kilkenny Rotary President

Peace within and without and love and respect for each other - Kilkenny Rotary President

at the donation container located at Dunmore Recycling Centre, were Sean McKeown, Kilkenny County Council, Cathaoirleach Eamonn Aylward, Rotary Kilkenny President Jimmy Connolly, and Mayor of Kilkenny

As President of the Rotary Club of Kilkenny, I have hopes for 2019 on both a local and International level.
Supported by Clubs worldwide and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Rotary International’s aim is the permanent eradication of Polio worldwide, an objective almost achieved. I hope that 2019 will be the year this happen.
The Rotary Club of Kilkenny at Dunmore Recycling Centre are collecting unwanted bikes and forwarding them to people in Africa.
A new international project that I hope will blossom into 2019.
Locally, Rotary Kilkenny will celebrate and commemorate 40 years of service and fellowship in 2019! A lot has changed in the world over those 40 years. One thing that has not changed is the importance of Rotary’s core values and principles.
I speak of community through fellowship. Ethics, by applying the four way test of all we think, say and do as a moral code for personal and business relationships and service to fellow citizens on the journey of life, whether they are down the street or on the far side of the globe. 4 Way Test: 1. Is it the truth? 2. Is it fair to all concerned? 3. Will it build goodwill and better friendships? 4. Will it be beneficial to all concerned?
In an age of individualism and materialism, where ethics in business, politics and in broader society are sometimes lacking, Rotary's values and service principals have become more importance over time.
I hope in 2019, the Club will further expand its support to local needs, exemplified by the “Remembrance Tree Project”, which will have exceeded this Christmas in collecting more than €200,000 for the Carlow Kilkenny Home Care Service over recent years, recent Financial Support to Amber Woman’s Refuge and Mother of Fair love School and others
On a personal level, I do not make New Year Resolutions.
Acknowledging that a New Year can be an opportunity to focus on change, I prefer to live in the only reality that is “Now”. If change is needed in any area of life, then “Now” really is the time to make that change. Waiting for a New Year can just be an excuse to procrastinate!
My personal hopes for 2019 are universal to all right thinking people, peace within and without and love and respect for each other and creation.
I also hope for a reawakening to the true meaning of life in a society that in futility, often searches for happiness in commercialism and materialism.
“Hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things, and no good thing ever dies,” said Andy Dufresne in a letter to his friend Red in the uplifting movie “The Shawshank Redemption.” He was talking about how hope keeps us going in the most difficult of times, carrying us through the storms of life in the anticipation of better, brighter days.
Hope strengthens us and expands our capacity to believe and have faith in our dreams and what is possible for us.

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