On April 21st, it was our annual District Rotaract Assembly. It is just like a training session for the board members and chairs of committees, to help each enhance their knowledge and concept for each position. In the morning, we were separated into different groups by our position. We took an hour and half to learn what the position is and the roles and responsibilities for it. And also, it was a great chance to meet other Rotaractors and exchange ideas with each other.
In the afternoon, we had a keynote speech. This year we invited Mr. Xiao Jian-Hua to share his personal story and inspire us youth. He has Motor Neuron Disease (M.N.D). It slowly paralyzes his muscles. His life became much and much inconvenient for him. Today, as his 1,337th speech, Mr. Xiao talked about a fire, which robbed him of both his home, and of a dear friend, who had been caring for him. Xiao went on to explain how he still managed to rediscover hope out of the ashes of the tragedy. He putted, "No matter what role you're in, you need to do it well. Never underestimate yourself. Never! The world is beautiful because every one of us is different." Undeterred by life's predicaments, he said as long as there's one breath in him, he will continue to spread his message about the value of life. "As long as I still have one breath, I will never stop. I will speak for my schoolmate; I will keep on until I fall down." Making a difference with his personal example, Mr. Xiao Jian-Hua is like a spiritual mirror, allowing others to more clearly see their own blessings, so they may cherish them and cultivate even more. Today, we did learn a lesson from his personal story. It is courage to make us strong. It is belief to make yourself even better. It is “YOU” who can dominate your own life!
After the touching speech, we then have another session for enhancing our practical skills when organizing a Rotaract Club or hosting a meeting/activity. It was really useful for both Rotaractors and potential guests. And it is a good start for the new board members to prepare for their mindset and ready to kick off for the new Rotary year.
Today was really tiring because everyone got up early and took classes for whole day. Yet we’re pretty sure that such knowledgeable day was worthy of for it helps every member of our club to enhance more Rotaract information and the skills for position transferring.