In 2015, I became a Rotarian. T-Bone Jones suggested that I attend different Rotary Clubs because every Rotary Club is different. When I heard him say every Rotary Club was different I knew I was in the right place. I love diversity. I love learning about different cultures. In life we have good and we have bad. Most of us can agree that lying, stealing, cheating and murder are bad. Music styles, cultures, hairstyles, sports and locales are different. Most things in life are neither good nor bad, but different.
The Myrtle Beach Rotary Club is over 75 years old. For the first time in the history of the Myrtle Beach Rotary Club we have a pregnant Rotarian. In fact, we have not one, but two pregnant Rotarians. Lauren Benton and Jessica Smith are our expecting Rotarians. They are due October 6 and both will have boys. Yes, you read that sentence correctly both Rotarians have the same due date!
With this exciting news Kathy Miranda wanted to hold a baby shower as a program at our Rotary Club meeting. When I first heard Kathy mention this program idea I was concerned. I had heard comments from Rotarians from other clubs that baby showers were not appropriate programs. I had even heard of a Rotarian being brought to tears by another Rotarian when she was collecting money for a baby gift for a Rotarian at another club. She was told it was not appropriate for her to collect money for a present. I listened to Kathy’s idea of holding a baby shower, but I made no comment.
To my surprise our club leader’s liked Kathy’s idea and fully supported the baby shower idea. Mark Oulsey said to me, “I think a baby shower for a program is a great idea.”
I was even contacted by our District Governor Gary Bradham to write a story. Jim Rozier proudly stated, “I am President during our first Rotary baby shower.” Not only were we going to have a baby shower we were going to surprise our mother’s to be.
Kathy Miranda was a wonderful shower hostess and bought lots of thoughtful decorations. Pat Stanley helped Kathy decorate the room. Kathy even baked cupcakes and made punch. Our club was full of excitement as members arrived with gifts for our two mother’s to be. Men were chuckling that today was the first time they had attended a baby shower. B.J. Maynard even asked if we were going to stand around and drink beer.
Barry Thigpen arrived first with presents in hand. He proudly boasted that his wife Pat had done the shopping. Excitement was in the air as Rotarians arrived with gifts in hand. Rotarians gazed with pride at the decorations.
Lauren Benton and Jessica Smith both arrived clueless of their shower. They were both thrilled that we made them feel so special.
Sun Fun by MJ Schwartz was a list of most popular baby names. MJ reminded us how special our club is to have two prospective new members on the way.
Matt Sedota and Eric Long had a wonderful game of Know your Rotarian. We all laughed and roared as Lauren and Jessica entertained us with the answers to a variety of questions. They were asked anything from how many days are in a week to how many bones does a baby have?
Kathy Miranda finished up the program with a round of games. We guessed the number of candies in the baby bottle. We completed the nursery rhymes. Also, we played the Price is Right with baby products.
My fears were relieved and I was reminded why I love Rotary. As T-Bone Jones told me all Rotary Clubs are different. Some Rotary Clubs feel that baby showers are not appropriate programs. Some Rotary Clubs feel that you shouldn’t collect money for a present. All Rotary Clubs are different. I am a proud member of the Myrtle Beach Rotary Club. Our club has baby showers for programs.
I think David Michaux said it best, “everyone is involved!”