There is power in numbers.
The energy vibrating in this room
ensures we’re unencumbered
when we presume
to change to world. Look around
We’ve gathered in this place
to celebrate, to be astounded,
at the good that can be traced
to Rotarians in each city and town
in our district.
Let us be thankful for this.
Let us be grateful as we break down
dissension and fear.
Let us be thankful, Rotarians, to be here.
Let us be thankful for the power unlocked
by a brain decoding symbols.
The ability to read gives the ability
to advance beyond poverty,
to learn what those near you do not know,
to discover ideas that may be hidden,
to unleash your potential.
Let us be thankful for the literacy endeavours of Rotary,
for changing the world one decoded alphabet at a time.
Let us be thankful for our ability to read, and commit
to embracing literacy initiatives.
Let us provide the ability to change the world.