Rotary President Gary Huang sums up Rotary friendship with this Chinese saying: "A life without a friend is a life without sun." It's why Rotary has survived, and grown, for more than 109 years.
Huang goes on to say "You could say that Rotary is built of service: Each project is another brick in the big building that is Rotary. If our service forms the bricks, then there is no question that friendship is the mortar that holds those bricks together..
"I see this every day, but nowhere more clearly than at some of the most special Rotary club events: their centennial celebrations."
Over 1.2 million Rotarians around the world are committed to Huang's theme: Light Up Rotary.
What is the secret of continued success? Huang believes: "In Rotary, strong friendships and great service go hand in hand. When we enjoy our work, we want to do it. We want to work harder, and we want to work better.
"We look forward to Rotary meetings. Even when our lives are busy, we make Rotary a priority--because we want to see our friends, and we want to serve."