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|Walk for Humanity|
by Colasurdo, Mark
|November 21, 2013 eBulletin|
by Colasurdo, Mark
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Thursday December 5, 2013
Cindy Colasurdo, Guest of Mark
Nick Zagar, Guest of Mark
Robert Bowne, Guest of Mike Sr.
Dave Kittle, Guest of Bill
Thomas Veevers, Sr. PDG 7640, Guest Speaker
Jesse was happy to be back and for our guest speaker.
Jen was happy for our guest speaker.
Walt D. was happy he had a dollar.
Doug was happy Walt is leaving town.
Kurt was sad he was late, that his carbon monoxide detector went off last night, but happy they found the problem, his friend's son died and the Rams lost.
Roger was happy Walt is leaving town.
Walt was happy he'll be away from Roger.
Roger was happy to be here.
Phylis had no pin, but was happy to be here.
Phil was happy for Thanksgiving.
Diane was happy Rob will be inducted and for spending the holiday with her son and his family.
Elizabeth was happy she is going to Nicaragua and will see our Gift of Life project. She was sad she will miss the holiday party.
Gail was happy to be here.
Cindy was happy her dad is here.
Joyce welcomed Rob as a member.
Ginger had no pin, but was happy for our Fellowship Comedy Night and our new member Rob.
Jody was sad he has to write a list and that he forgot to bring the list. He was happy for Toys for Tots and that Mulberry Street will now sell Dominico wines and that his son Alex had his first Varsity swim meet.
Kurt was sad he got no dessert because Roger got there first and had two pieces of pie.
Mark was sad for no pin, but happy for our guests and our new member Rob, for Ginger and the fellowship night, for Thanksgiving with his family and to be here today (he was on a layover in EWR and rented a car to come to the meeting).
NEW MEMBER INDUCTION:
Mike Jr. inducted Robert Bowne. Robert was a GSE team member earlier this year to Italy with Mike Sr. WELCOME ROBERT!!
Thomas Veevers gave a very interesting presentation on the Jaipur Limb project, a Hand Limb Rotary project in California and the latest efforts on Rotary's goal of eradicating polio worldwide. The presentation was excellent with a couple of videos and an actual leg and hand sample from the projects. His presentation demonstrated that when Rotarians ENGAGE IN ROTARY, they CHANGE LIVES!
SAVE THE DATE:
|Rotary is OPPORTUNITY|
by Colasurdo, Mark
By Frank Deaver
Rotary Club of Tuscaloosa, Alabama USA
What is Rotary? Reduced to a single word, Rotary is Opportunity. RI Past
President Clem Renouf said, "Rotary takes ordinary men [and women], and gives
them extra-ordinary opportunities."
Of course, Rotary is many other things. The words "service" and "fellowship" are often employed to describe the international organization. Other descriptions are valid, of course, but perhaps there is no better single word to encompass all that Rotary stands for. Rotary is opportunity, including – perhaps starting with - service and fellowship, but extending far beyond those two basics.
Rotary is opportunity for acquaintance. Without Rotary, members would have much more limited local
acquaintance, limited perhaps to workplace and residential neighborhood. Through Rotary,
acquaintance is spread across the community, and with the benefit of the classification system, it
includes representatives of most of the local businesses and professions.
Rotary is opportunity for networking. Paul Harris initiated that first gathering of friends because of a
desire for friendly social contacts. But one of their first decisions was to limit new members to one
representative from each business and profession, and emphasis was given to targeting their
business relations primarily to one another. Rotarians have confidence they can turn to each other for
professional or business needs.
Rotary is opportunity for personal growth. A member becomes a committee chairman, a club
secretary, or president, and rising to expectations of the job, gains self-confidence, poise, and
increased leadership ability.
Rotary is opportunity for better citizenship. Through weekly programs, Rotarians enlarge their
understanding of government, business, and society. Through participation in community projects,
they gain appreciation for local needs, and their ability to meet some of those needs.
Rotary is opportunity for mentoring. Through club sponsorship of Interact and Rotaract clubs, through
school projects or literacy programs, members are challenged to share their expertise in situations
that would not be available to them other than through Rotary.
Rotary is opportunity for ethical awareness. Emphasis is placed on high standards of personal
integrity, for example those spelled out in the Four-Way Test. These expectations call on Rotarians to
practice and encourage ethical behavior in the workplace and the community.
Rotary is opportunity for world understanding. Through exposure to Group Study Exchange teams, to
departing and returning Ambassadorial Scholars, and to Youth Exchange, Rotarians gain a multicultural
awareness, and insight into the world society.
Rotary is opportunity – let us not overlook this – for fellowship and service. But isn't that included in
and enlarged upon in all of the other opportunities mentioned? The word "opportunity" obviously leads
us to ask, and answer, "Opportunity for what?" The opportunities mentioned here are only a
beginning; many more could be added.
But the central fact remains: Rotary is Opportunity.
Ref. LOYOLA STAR
by Silvestri, Dina
The Object of Rotary
The Object of Rotary is to encourage and foster the ideal of service as a basis of worthy enterprise and, in particular, to encourage and foster:
- FIRST. The development of acquaintance as an opportunity for service;
- SECOND. High ethical standards in business and professions, the recognition of the worthiness of all useful occupations, and the dignifying of each Rotarian's occupation as an opportunity to serve society;
- THIRD. The application of the ideal of service in each Rotarian's personal, business, and community life;
- FOURTH. The advancement of international understanding, goodwill, and peace through a world fellowship of business and professional persons united in the ideal of service.
Avenues of Service
Based on the Object of Rotary, the Avenues of Service are Rotary's philosophical cornerstone and the foundation on which club activity is based:
- Club Service focuses on strengthening fellowship and ensuring the effective functioning of the club.
- Vocational Service encourages Rotarians to serve others through their vocations and to practice high ethical standards.
- Community Service covers the projects and activities the club undertakes to improve life in its community.
- International Service encompasses actions taken to expand Rotary's humanitarian reach around the globe and to promote world understanding and peace.
- New Generations Service recognizes the positive change implemented by youth and young adults through leadership development activities, service projects, and exchange programs.
The Four-Way Test
The test, which has been translated into more than 100 languages, asks the following questions:
Of the things we think, say or do
- Is it the TRUTH?
- Is it FAIR to all concerned?
- Will it build GOODWILL and BETTER FRIENDSHIPS?
- Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?
The mission of Rotary International is to provide service to others, promote integrity, and advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through its fellowship of business, professional, and community leaders.