He was tall and thin, of indeterminate middle age and with a pock-marked face. He commented about the weather, almost shyly while standing a little apart from the line in the fast food restaurant. My husband, David, and I had stopped on our way home from a Rotary training seminar, to get coffee and a… Continue reading Service Above Self
On this Thanksgiving Day, I am grateful for the many friends I have met through Rotary. You have inspired me to think bigger and be bolder. You have opened your hearts and shared your talents and wisdom to support me personally, and our clubs and communities collectively. Thank you for your generosity of spirit. May… Continue reading Grateful
Rotary International, in the booklet Rotary Basics, illustrates how clubs are the hub, the central focus of Rotary International. On page 3 it states: “The club is the most important component of Rotary’s organizational structure. … Rotary clubs are autonomous…” (emphasis mine). However, as a club leader, sometimes it doesn’t feel that way. Rather, it… Continue reading How will YOU Make an Impact as a Rotary Leader?
In January of 2016, I asked, and was granted, permission from our District Governor to start a new Rotary Club. As an Assistant Governor covering five clubs in four rural counties, I had three clubs with membership in the low 30s and two clubs with a membership around 12. All clubs were getting older and… Continue reading Well, That Didn’t Work, Now What? The Joys and Challenges of Starting (or Reviving) a Rotary Club
I remember the moment clearly. A President-Elect attending my first President-Elect Training Seminar (PETS) said in a provocative manner “Why should I donate to The Rotary Foundation, rather than my club’s foundation? I want to make a difference in my community, and use 100% of the contributions, not just a portion of the donations that… Continue reading Why? Why Should I Give to The Rotary Foundation?
More than 10% of District 7710 Rotarians attended the RI Convention in Atlanta last week, and our lives were TRANSFORMED! We were INSPIRED by great speakers, moved to tears by generosity and courage, awed by the reach of Rotary around the world, encouraged to try new ideas, challenged to be better ambassadors for Rotary, and… Continue reading 10% Were TRANSFORMED!