Support Members, First

The 2018-2019 Rotary International President Barry Rassin is calling on Rotarians “…to do more, to be more, to create something that will live beyond each of us.”  He highlighted Rotary’s new vision statement, “Together, we see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change — across the globe, in our communities,… Continue reading Support Members, First

Rotary = Swiss Army Knife?

Rotary reminds me of a Swiss Army knife because it is many tools in one.  While the tools individually may not be ‘best in class’, when combined they form a remarkably handy implement, that you can take with you anywhere.  Let me explain… First, Rotary reminds me of church.  While Rotary is not a religious… Continue reading Rotary = Swiss Army Knife?

Service Above Self

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

How will YOU Make an Impact as a Rotary Leader?

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?

Well, That Didn’t Work, Now What? The Joys and Challenges of Starting (or Reviving) a Rotary Club

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

Why? Why Should I Give to The Rotary Foundation?

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?