May 302016

Rotarians of District 7770,

In Rotary, we designate June as Fellowship Month.  We sometimes forget that Rotary International began as a fellowship organization and later evolved into the world’s most prestigious humanitarian service organization.  The founders originally got together to network and enjoy fellowship with each other.  We heard loud and clear at the recent district Young Professional Summit that young people are looking for networking, mentorship and fellowship opportunities in Rotary.


What has been the most fun for you in Rotary this year?  Have you shared that with a prospective member?  Each of us has our own reason for joining Rotary, but most of us became part of Rotary to make a difference.  We all want to be doing something meaningful, but you can still have a great time in the process.  Very few Rotarians joined to be stiff and boring.  Past District Governor Bernie Riedel has continually said for years that the Four-Way Test should have a fifth line that said “Is It Fun?”  Each of us should commit to making our clubs more enjoyable.  How attractive is your club to a prospective member?  As we come to the close of this Rotary year, there is still time for you to make a difference in your part of the world.  Have you given of your time and money to a service project or contributed to the Rotary Foundation, the eradication of Polio, or C.A.R.T.?  Have you invited someone to join your club?  Helping others and including others in Rotary activities is all part of the fellowship of Rotary.  There is still time to do all of these before the year closes.  Please help your club to finish well.


This is being written from the 2016 Rotary International Convention in Seoul, Korea.  When the flags of over 200 Rotary countries parade in to the opening session, there is a realization of just how big Rotary as an organization truly is and how much potential we have to Be a Gift to the World.  Next year’s theme is Rotary Serving Humanity, and we will once again be reminded to serve others and make a difference in our community and in the world at large.  As you strive to create opportunities in your clubs to provide service to others, please do not overlook the prospect of having fun in the process.


Rod Funderburk



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