According to Rotary's Position Statement on the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI), quote, "The Rotary International president and other senior Rotary leaders have participated in several CGI events since 2011. They have taken advantage of these events - and many others - as a very effective opportunity to establish relationships with potential corporate and foundation partners, as well as to promote Rotary and our causes." unquote.
In attending CGI (and similar) events, Rotary International (RI) leaders are networking with - building relationships with - leaders of other international organizations, which is a good thing. That simple action brings about two interesting observations:
- Aren't Rotary leaders simply carrying out the First Object of Rotary on the international stage?
- By recognizing the importance of other international organizations, aren't Rotary leaders demonstrating the value of the Second Object of Rotary?
- Rotary apparently was invited to attend a CGI event. It was not recruited!
- Rotary perceived that it would receive value and paid to attend a CGI event (perception attracts.)
- Rotary attended a CGI event. It delivered the value Rotary perceived it should.
- Rotary continues to attend CGI events (performance retains.)
- Rotary leaders demonstrated the value of the Object of Rotary. Rotary and its member clubs should be emphasizing the Object of Rotary as a differentiating value.
- Perception attracts (but it can also detract.)
- Performance retains (but it can also reject.)