I would argue that it is a lazy club that expects its board to do all the heavy lifting. I would also argue that it is a short-sighted membership that do not wish to participate in setting the direction and effectiveness of its club.
One of the few things that our Club has missed is a functioning, vibrant committee culture. Sure, we have had some committees in recent time, golf, scholarship, publicity, and I hear membership is off to a good start, but we are still only in the earliest stages of creating what I believe we need. Continue reading “The Need for Effective and Dynamic Club Committees”
Why an orientation? We have learned over the years that some new Members, if left on their own, may take too long a time to “get” our Club and Rotary and sometimes they’ll leave because they don’t feel it. We don’t want that to happen with any of our new Members.
We are preparing a New Members’ Orientation for January. And while our leadership is discussing what to include, it is important that everyone, especially the people who are the intended participants, have the opportunity to voice their opinions on what topics should be covered. Continue reading “Some Thoughts on New Members Orientation”
At some point in every Rotarian’s journey, these guidelines deserve some meditation and thought, an exercise in how they impact what we do in our Clubs and what we do as Rotarians.
Three documents have come to be seen as the core guiding principles of Rotary. Within these words, one can glimpse the reason why Rotary exists. These statements are: The Object of Rotary, The Four-Way Test, and Rotary’s Avenues of Service. While there are many other pages that have been written to explain Rotary, over the years these three have been adjusted and refined and have come to be seen as the best succinct descriptions of who and what Rotarians are and why they do the things they do. Continue reading “Some Thoughts on the Object of Rotary, Part 1”
This link between fellowship and service was an important discovery. As the Chicago Club’s Membership got to know each other at the weekly gatherings to share a meal, sing songs, laugh, and exchange business experiences, they naturally wanted to do more together.
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 the development of acquaintance as an opportunity for service. Continue reading “Some Thoughts on the Object of Rotary, Part 2”
It is perhaps a little confusing for Rotarians today to see the use of the word “service” being so firmly applied to business, as opposed to community, or in the meaning of commerce rather than social welfare. But this was the earliest direction of Rotary, and the initial attraction of what would become a movement.
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 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.
Continue reading “Some Thoughts on the Object of Rotary, Part 3”
One can say that at its core, the object of Rotary is to make Rotarians. And what is a Rotarian? It is a person who lives life with the intention of service, not in an abstract manner, but viscerally in all aspects of one’s influence.
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 the application of the ideal of service in each Rotarian’s personal, business, and community life. Continue reading “Some Thoughts on the Object of Rotary, Part 4”