Notes from the Governor
Someone asked me the other day, “Why did you join Rotary.” I wanted to be able to say that I had this altruistic idea of helping make the world a better place, but the truth is that I joined Rotary to make connections with other people, hoping those connections would lead to a more successful business. Low and behold it worked. However, it took a whole lot longer than I was planning on—fifteen years longer to be exact.
Building relationships in Rotary takes an investment of time. Showing up to meetings, taking part in projects, making social events a priority, volunteering to take on a leadership role all lead to meeting and getting to know more people. The more people you get to know, the more opportunities you have to get to know more people. Before you know it, your world gets bigger and bigger.
This person asked a second question, “Is getting to know other people why you’re still in Rotary.” It gave me pause for a few minutes to really stop and think about why I stay in Rotary. I came up with 3 rea-sons. First, I cherish all the relationships I have now all over the world.
They have become a very significant part of my life. Second, I do like the idea that working with others in Rotary. I can make a difference in the world. How cool is that. Finally, the opportunities that Rotary has given and continues to give me for personal growth and development as a leader and more importantly as a human being are immeasurable. The more I invest the more this organization gives back to me in exponential quantities. My wish for you is that you take advantage of the opportunities that Rotary has to offer so that you can experience the difference between living well and a life well lived.