Hang Your Hat With Rotary

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Hang Your Hat With Rotary

This past week, Club President Bill Philpotts and I had the opportunity to spend some time after our meeting with a newcomer in town that came to see what Rotary is all about. She came with the desire to join an organization in our community that is trying to make a difference. Her specific interest was the youth of our community, but she also expressed a desire to reach beyond city limit signs to make a difference in our county, our state, our country and our world. I believe she has the heart of a Rotarian.

We discussed the things we do in our schools: dictionaries to third graders, books to the elementary and middle school libraries, our honor student banquet and the scholarships we have been able to give in the past. Each time we shared a little more depth of what and why we do these things, her eyes lit up a little more.

We talked about Rotary International and how it got started. Paul Harris, a young attorney in Chicago, wanted to have a way to connect with other businessmen and professionals in the area. What we call networking in today’s society, he started in 1905 and it has grown into Rotary International.


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