As I reflect on the many facets of Rotary, I am reminded of my “Rotary family”. Sure, my immediate
family is connected to Rotary, some in more tangible ways than others, but I have an extended family
that I also refer to as my “Rotary family”. For me, it includes the members of my home club, Cheraw, as
well as members of various clubs in this district. I am connected, however, to the District Governor’s
and their spouses in Zones 33 and 34. They have become integral members of my family as we have
shared training and education about our organization. As I have traveled abroad, I have also become
aware of my brothers and sisters in foreign lands – all working on behalf of Rotary and delivering
“service above self” no matter where they live.
The one element that unites us all however, is that we are “Rotarians”. That does not just mean that we
are Rotary members (which we all are), but we’ve had some event during our Rotary life that moved us
from becoming “just a member” to being a true “Rotarian”. What was your moment? Mine was when I
realized that I had been the beneficiary of so many projects that the Hartsville, SC Rotary club had
sponsored. I was a member of a local Boy Scout troop, used book covers that the Hartsville club had so
graciously provided and in general, enjoyed a better quality of life in my bucolic hometown all because
of the good works of Rotarians. What was your moment when you realized you were part of something
much larger and much more grande? Email me your “moment” (firstname.lastname@example.org). I’d be
interested to hear when you realized you were more than just a member and were a true “Rotarian”.
The family of Rotary welcomes you, and many others who want to “do good” in the world – will you join
our family by becoming true Rotarians and commit to our ideals?
Whatever is beautiful, whatever makes you smile, whatever makes you realize that love abounds –
regardless of where we are located; ALL of this, I wish for you and your family during this holiday