Admittedly, I joined Rotary for the wrong reason…it was a requirement
of the job that I had just taken in 1988. Little did I know what a
wonderful world would be opened to me by that membership requirement!
You see, it turned out that my personal values and the Rotary ethic
were perfectly aligned. I had been given the gift of membership in an
organization that has allowed me to give back to the community, both
locally and internationally, in many, many ways that I could not
possibly have done on my own.
Having the opportunity to serve as a Club President, District Officer,
District Governor, Rotary Regional Membership Coordinator and,
currently, as a Major Gift Advisor to The Rotary Foundation has
provided me the chance to share the magic of Rotary with countless
other Rotarians to encourage and support their involvement in our
important work. The many hours that I have devoted to Rotary
activities have greatly enhanced my life, not only with life changing
experiences, but also with wonderful and lasting friendships,
worldwide, with individuals I would have never had the chance to meet,
had it not been for Rotary.
Why am I a Rotarian? It is quite simply who I am. It has become such
a part of my being… of my world view… that I cannot imagine living
life without being a Rotarian. The job that brought me to Rotary has
long since come and gone, but I am a Rotarian for life.