Posted on August 21, 2015 by Ching under Community, Things to Do.
Decided to join the Rotary Club of Andover. Heard about Rotary Clubs for years but hadn’t joined until now. I’m grateful to my coworker David for inviting me.
I met the current district governor David Yoder at our meeting a couple of weeks ago. He gave me a bandana and a couple of of pins. One is our district pin and the other is the “Be a Gift to the World” pin. It’s our theme this year.
The Rotary Club of Andover is part of Rotary International, an international service organization whose purpose is to bring together business and professional leaders in order to provide humanitarian services, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and help build goodwill and peace in the world. The district governor gave us a really good definition of a Rotarian during his presentation.
What is a Rotarian?
A Rotarian is a person who…
Digs wells from which he/she will never drink;
Vaccinates children he/she will never meet;
Restores eyesight for those he/she will never see;
Builds housing he/she will never live in;
Educates children he/she will never know;
Plants trees he/she will never sit under;
Feeds hungry people regardless of race or politics;
Makes crawlers into walkers half-way around the world;
Knows real happiness that, as Albert Einstein once said,
“Can only be found by helping others.”
The “service above self” philosophy really appealed to my passion for community service and volunteerism so it made sense for me to join the club. Though the Wichita Rotary Club probably would have made more sense because the meetings are closer to work, I chose to join the club in Andover because of its small size and proximity to my home. The Wichita club already has hundreds of members. The Andover club has a more intimate feel and I think I can really make a difference there.
First thing on the agenda is to help sell tickets for our annual fundraising event, Haus of Brews. Tickets are $25 each right now but will go up to $30 after September 11. All proceeds go toward funding our club’s community service projects. Contact me if you’d like to attend. We’d love to see you there.
If you’d like to learn more about Rotary, let me know. You can be my guest at our next meeting. We love having guests. Before I go, here’s a quote from Rotary International president-elect K. Ravi Ravindran:
When you gift your time in service… you touch lives.
When you gift your resources… you uplift lives.
When you gift both with love & compassion…
YOU, yourself, become a gift to the world.