TO ROTARY PRESIDENTS AND COMMUNITY SERVICE CHAIRS FOR 2012-2013
Service Above Self. Peace Through Service. These are powerful mottos that we live by as Rotarians. Additional emphasis is provided in a Rotary publication which states that “Every Rotarian is responsible for finding ways to improve the quality of life in his or her community and communities around the world through service projects. “
In District 6080 we are taking these words to heart and focusing on increasing our humanitarian service by making a concerted effort at helping our communities become better. Our current plans are to encourage clubs to participate in a community service project each quarter of the forthcoming Rotary year, and to accomplish this the District will provide a theme and coordinate efforts. The projects will be hands-on service projects adapted to the local community and will not replace any projects the clubs are currently performing but rather will supplement them.
Our first District-Wide community service project will be helping improve the physical appearance of the schools in our communities. As you are no doubt aware, resources for our schools are especially limited currently and yet the need for beautification, repairs, etc. are ongoing. Let’s do our part as Rotarians to help the schools by contributing our services to improve these facilities.
We are encouraging clubs in District 6080 to perform this project in August before school resumes . By focusing our efforts on a certain time period and with a common theme, we will be able to help many communities and provide powerful public relations information.
The steps involved in this first project at the club level would be for the Community Service Chair to determine viable projects by contacting the schools or school district and then coordinate the execution of the projects, enlisting partners such as Rotaract and Interact and other organizations where possible. Following completion of the project, please complete the form below which will be forwarded to our District PR team with the idea that a significant public relations follow up will be achieved.
To paraphrase Ron Burton, President nominee of Rotary International, who spoke recently at the international conference in Thailand, we have a choice to make as Rotarians as to whether we will take advantage of the opportunities that Rotary presents us or letting those opportunities pass us by. Some of those incredible opportunities are the ability to change lives, to help others and to better people ourselves. Being a Rotarian means putting other needs before our own and living our motto of Service Above Self. With this in mind, we encourage you and your club to get involved in this opportunity and help us make a difference in our communities.
Peace Through Service
District Community Service Chair