Steven P. Smith, Club President 2014-2015

Fellow Rotarians
Welcome to the New Rotary year! I am honoured and delighted to serve as President for the 2014/15 year and look forward to working together to continue the good works of this great club.
As a result of the tireless contributions of our current members, and those members who have served over the last 101 years, the Rotary Club of Toronto has made a significant contribution in the lives of an innumerable amount of people in our community and abroad. And we will continue to do so.
The spirit of Rotary and the philosophy of “Service Above Self” has remained constant since our club was founded. The reasoning, the “Why”, we become Rotarians has not changed over the years. The goal of making a difference in the lives of others remains as strong today as when we began in 1912. With the passage of time, however, demographics change and the ways in which we perform and deliver our services to the community has evolved. Today we are an organization of men and women from many varied backgrounds (and age groups!) that bring an extensive and diverse set of talents and skills to the table. This is the “Power of Rotary” today. And in order to thrive, we must continue to attract likeminded people who will join us. In the words of a certain poet/songwriter, the Times They are a’ Changin’! In fact, have changed. And we must continue to evolve with the times. This does not mean that we abandon the tradition of our great club. It means that we must build on it and find innovative ways that are even more effective and to continue evolving so that we can attract new members, including young professionals and corporations, with similar altruistic goals.  This is the basis our Strategic Plan.
In Sandy Boucher’s year as president, the Strategic Planning Committee was formed. Based on a member survey and detailed discussion/analysis, six strategic drivers, required for the continued success and growth of our club, were identified. The primary strategic drivers, Engaged Membership and Inspired Communications are currently being implemented. The focus this year will be to continue implementation of the Strategic Plan, improving the effectiveness of our committees, growing our Foundation, strengthening Governance and fine tuning our financial operations. This plan will ensure that the Rotary Club of Toronto will grow and continue its good works for the next 100 years.
I consider it an honour and privilege to serve as President of the Rotary Club of Toronto and look forward to working with the Board and all our members to build upon our past incredible accomplishments and to continue to make a significant difference in our community and around the world. In the words of incoming RIP Gary Huang, “Lets Light Up Rotary”!