District Governor Shaun Michel paid our club a visit this morning. Using a combination of videos, photos, laughter, tears and blowing bubbles (lots of fun!), he challenged us to get out of our comfort zones and enrich our lives through active involvement in Rotary (create a bigger life bubble).
He told us of his life journey as a Rotarian and how it has changed his life in so many ways. As Rotarians, we tend to stay only in the bubbles of our clubs so he challenged us to visit and meet other Rotarians, share what we're doing and also learn from them.
He compared Rotary to the proverbial box of chocolates - you never know what you're going to get until you join, get involved and see how it changes your life and the lives of others for the better. Rotary clubs provide a safe place to share ideas to solve problems and to provide service together. This extends to high schools and universities where Interact/Rotaract clubs offer fellowship to students of all cultures.
We often think of Rotary as a service organization but Shaun challenged us to think of Rotary as a membership organization that does service. We need more Rotarians so we can increase the service we do and funding for the Rotary Foundation. We attract and retain members through meaningful service projects.
He thanked us for all we do and also encouraged us to continually evaluate what we do to make sure it's accomplishing our goals and providing a return for the investment in time and money.
For those of you who weren't there, we missed you and you missed a great motivational presentation!