Posted on Mar 13, 2021
RI President Elect Shekhar Mehta theme in 2021-22
During the interview with Rotary magazine, Rotary International Elect Shekhar Mehta mentions dreaming no fewer than a dozen times. Dreams about repairing broken hearts. About eradicating polio from the world. About reaching a 95 percent literacy rate by 2026 in India, a country where 1 in 4 people can’t read.
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"Dreams have to be big enough for people to be motivated to achieve them," he says. "Gandhi once said that if you find the goal, the means will come. That’s how it’s been my whole Rotary life."
Mehta grew up in a home committed to service; both of his parents were members of Lions Clubs International. He joined Rotary when he was 25 years old, he was quickly tapped to take on additional roles within Rotary — his motto being that if somebody asked, he would say yes. Mehta, who values the contributions of a team, would then enlist others to help.That exemplifies his ability not only to dream big, but to get things done.

"A Rotarian is a volunteer, and being a volunteer means yes, I want to do something."

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