Posted by Sharmila Bhatt on Jan 03, 2019

Our experience of Rotary is for the most part, based on our own circles. We meet every week in our clubs, in the same places and with the same familiar friends. While almost all of us are involved in some way or another in international service, the Rotary we see and share from day to day feels very local. It can be easy to lose sight of the larger picture – that of what our service truly means.

Ideas for giving Through your ideals:

Every impact you have as a Rotarian, individually and through your club, is multiplied by the power of our numbers. When you feed one person, when you educate one person, when you protect one child from disease, the impact may seem small. However, it is anything but small. For it is only through the power of numbers, through the power of our individual actions and gifts, that we can have the impact we seek: to truly Be the Inspiration.

In Rotary, we have a specific focus every month and every January, Rotarians are encouraged to focus their attention on vocational service. The Vocational Service Month is an opportunity to begin year-long vocational service activities, ranging from Rotary discussions to awards to community projects.

So, as a Rotarian, how can you put these ideals into action? Consider these suggestions:

  • Talk about your profession in your club and take time to learn about fellow members’ occupations.
  • Use your skills and expertise to serve a community.
  • Practice your profession with integrity and inspire others to behave ethically through your words and actions.
  • Help young people achieve their career goals.
  • Guide and encourage others in their professional development.

Vocational service is the essence of Rotary and serves as the foundation from which we serve our communities. By undertaking these and other activities, you can bring vocational service to life. Success does not come from what we know but translating it into meaningful action. Rotarians are adept at using their knowledge, skills and resources to bring about lasting change in our communities and I encourage each one of you to act. We are, after all, “People of Action”.

Also, in January, RYLA and boot camps will keep young people busy through the many events around the District, designed to build their knowledge and skills. I will continue with my visits to the 116th club and charter the many new clubs in our District. Tanzania has been a sleeping giant that woke up a few years back from a deep slumber and took time to set pace but has now started running with almost five new clubs being chartered in the month of January alone.

My best wishes to you and your families for a “Prosperous and Healthy New year “.

Read the January edition of The Wave Newsletter online: