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"Good Reasons"

[October 24 | 0 Comments | 3732 views]
 
 

Dear Fellow Rotarians & friends,

Years ago I had a colleague who was a member of the Hamilton Rotary Club. He was very involved. His office was near mine. On his wall he had a small plaque that had the Four Way Test proudly displayed. He was always very enthusiastic about the club and the values that it stood for. It left me with a very good impression. This was in 1985.

Let’s fast forward….

Twenty-nine years later, Art Martin walked into my office and introduced himself. He had asked me if the fitness center would be willing to sponsor the Run with Rotary. My response was that we would. At the time, I was a couple of months into my new assignment at PF&W. I was not from the area and I wanted to get plugged into the community. Since I had such a positive image of the Rotary from my former colleague, I became interested in our MRH club. With that, Art had invited me to a meeting.

Needless to say, within two years, I became the co-chair of our RWR. Within four years, I became the president. It’s been a great ride, with some very fine people, who I’m proud to call my friends.

A lot of people join Rotary for different reasons. For me, I wanted to get plugged into the community. I knew of Rotary and their great community service. I also wanted to establish myself in the business community. What I found was so much more. I found quality people who have high standards and ideals.

We’re a club of genuine, decent, accomplished people. We rise to each-others expectations. We want to do good things for our community and the world. We expect more from ourselves and we practice lofty ideals. We don’t like to let one another down. The bar is set high…That’s where it belongs. Our high standards allow us to continue to grow. We learn from each other and inspire one another.

To quote the Rotary’s vision statement: “Together, we see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change — across the globe, in our communities, and in ourselves.”

“Why I Joined Rotary” (via our Reveille - Thank you Lisa!)

  • I joined Rotary to change the world… And, Rotary changed me.
  • I joined Rotary to make the world a better place…And, Rotary made me a better person.
  • I joined Rotary for Business & Fellowship…
  • I stayed for the friendships, and, the opportunity to make a difference in my community and the world!

Our 2018-2019 membership goal is to bring our club to forty-five members. 

Let’s all share some “good reasons” with the quality people we know…..

Yours in Rotary,
Tony