Until very recently, I had a clear idea about my presidential year, but the development of the actual corona virus crisis is exerting a tremendous influence on all of us and therefore also on the next Presidential Year of our Club. It is not only our Club and our community that are affected, it is the whole world and the entire Rotary community. We will have to wait and see when or if the situation returns to normal.

However, these are my objectives for my presidential year 2020/21, provided that destiny  agrees.

In accordance with the main areas of focus the incoming Governor of the Rotary District 2203, Ricardo Molina, has stressed in the PETS seminar on Feb. 29, 2020, and following the theme for 2020/21 „Rotary opens opportunities“, my objectives as President of the Club will mainly concentrate on two areas: Youth and Environment.

Youth is our future. We will therefore continue to support and help promote young talents on the island, both with the Young Rotarian Orchestra of Mallorca (composed by young musical talents between 10 and 20 years of age) and with the Debates Competition (organising debates in English for teams from the different international schools on Majorca).

Environment, our present and our future: The Club will continue to work with others on the clean-up of beaches (with all members wearing Rotary T-shirts/polo-shirts/tabards), and in order to combat the ever growing plastic pollution of the sea, I plan to produce and sell reusable cotton shopping bags bearing the Rotary logo (with the net income going to a charity project). This will also contribute to make Rotary more visible on the island. Once the situation is back to normal, these activities could start soon. The World Environmental Day on June 5th would e.g. be an ideal date for such a project in 2021.

In addition, we will continue with several charity projects that have been very successful over the past years (i.e. Jazz Night,  Charity Walk) to the benefit of Majorcan/Calvian organisations, but also in cooperation with other foundations in the Calvià area for people in need, particularly the older members of society and children. As far as the latter are concerned, the foundation RANA, which dedicates its work to combat sexual abuse of children, will always have a special place in our charity programme.

Apart from these objectives, I want to strengthen the ties with the other Rotary clubs on the island by mutual visits, speakers or maybe even joint projects, because only if we work together, we can achieve something for mankind. Working together, many opportunities will open.



Gerdi Edtstadtler-Pietsch