"The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others."
Quotations can be powerful things. Although they are just words, they can change lives. The one above is one of those for me. When I get anxious or get distracted by concerns about my own personal situation, I think of these words of Gandhi. Oh, I realize, I have too many thoughts about myself and not about serving others. When I am engaged in service, I find my personal problems become so much smaller. I feel so fortunate to have found Rotary. Rotary makes it so easy to serve others and introduces me to an incredibly diverse group of people who want the same.
It is a new calendar year which means it is time for New Year’s Resolutions! Now before you commit to losing ten pounds before you gain fifteen back, I ask you to join me in a resolution, to learn more about Rotary. The more I learn about Rotary, the more thoroughly impressed I am of it and the prouder I become to be associated with it.
Go to the Rotary website, www.rotary.org . Click on “My Rotary”. If you don’t have an account yet, create one. You will need your membership number which you can get from your club secretary or find on the address label of your Rotarian magazine. There is a wealth of information here. Check out “Club Central”, where you will find your club’s goals. Learn about what other clubs are doing. You do not need to reinvent the wheel. The Learning Center has videos about everything Rotary. There is even your own personal webpage about your own giving to The Rotary Foundation. See if you can find it!
It is hard for me to believe, but the Rotary year is half over. I absolutely loved visiting all the clubs in our district. I got to meet so many great Rotarians doing so much service! Now my biggest focus is on having for you the best District Conference ever. I guarantee you will not want to miss it. You can register here. Thank you, Gandhi and thank you, Rotary! My life has not been the same.