Whether it was playing basketball or excelling in business, Gary Huang says "I knew how to move the ball and set my team up to win...I liked the action and progress. I relished the challenge."
Huang, an insurance company executive from Taipei, Taiwan, is the new president of Rotary International, and the first Chinese to hold this prestigious position.
"Light Up Rotary is our theme for this year...this is our goal--and my challenge to you," Huang said. "There are so many people who need the help of Rotary."
"I find many traditional Chinese values reflected in Rotary: values of service and responsibility, of respect for family and for others.
"As Confucius said, 'It is better to light a single candle than to sit and curse the darkness.' The Rotary way is to light a candle. If all 1.2 million Rotarians light one candle, together we can do so much more than we could ever doalone...together, we can light up the world."
Huang wants to lighten up Rotary's image. Rotary should be fun, not just for fun's sake, but because having a good time builds genuine bonds of friendship,retains members, and helps recruit new ones.
---Byron has been a Rotarian since 1977 and has served the Eagle River club as presidentnt and program chair.