Posted by Sharmila Bhatt on May 01, 2019

A little boy and his father visited a country store, and upon leaving the store, the owner of the store offered the little boy some free Sweets... “Get a hand full of Sweets", the merchant said to the boy.

The boy just stood there looking up at his father. The owner repeated himself, “Son get a hand full of Sweets... it’s free.” Again, the boy did not move, continuing to look up in the face of his father.

Finally, the father reached into the candy jar and got a hand full of Sweets and gave it to his son. As they walked back home, the father stopped and asked his son why he did not grab a hand full of the free candy that the store owner had offered. The boy with a big smile on his face looked into the face of his father and said, “Because I know that your HAND is BIGGER than mine.”

Likewise, the hands of Rotarians are bigger and we can collectively hold hands with our Youth i.e. our Rotaractors and Interactors and walk with them, talk to them, connect with them and guide them on their paths. This month our focus and celebration will be around “Youth Service “ and therefore let us play our part.

We just completed the 94th District conference and Assembly, an event that was long anticipated. I believe those of you who attended went home with takeaways and good memories of Dar es Salaam. 

Thank you to all delegates and the organising team. I am happy to hear of the many fellowships in clubs are currently centred around conference take-aways and learnings. Consistent and never-ending self-improvement is the only way to progress or else talent without discipline is like an octopus on roller skates, where there is plenty of movement but you don’t know if it’s going forward, backward or sideways.