Rotary takes pride and remains relevant to society by its diversity of culture, gender, religion & politics.  Rotary is poised for greatness by such diversity and now also places emphasis on younger generations. Having identified the need to emphasize new generations, we now have EarlyAct ethics and character education programs for elementary students, Interact for middle and high school students, and Rotaract for the college-aged generation and young professionals.   In recent years Rotary has coined the term  “New Generations”.
New Generations refers to the youngest generation in the family of Rotary. Many are participants in Rotary’s youth and young adult programs: Interact, Rotaract, Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA), and Rotary Youth Exchange. Others are service- minded young people involved in Rotary club and district activities.
Past RI President Luis Vicente Giay coined the term New Generations when he shared his belief that the future of Rotary relied on involving young people in the organization’s programs and activities. At the 1996 RI Convention in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, he said: “Our vision for the future, now more than ever, is the difference between success and failure. The New Generations are our investment in the future. Let us begin to build that future today.” New Generations Service became Rotary’s fifth Avenue of Service in 2010. It is defined in article 5 of the Standard Rotary Club Constitution.
For those who have seen the Earth from space, and for the hundreds and perhaps thousands more who will, the experience most certainly change your perspective. The things that we share in our world are far more valuable than those which divide us. -Donald Williams