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District Governor Barb Crozier visited the Gresham club on September 30th. After making her annual district award, DG Barb shared some thoughts and new thinking around branding, getting out our message and Vocational Service.
One of the keys to expanding our opportunities for service is letting people know who we are and what we do. To assist in that effort, RI has updated the official Rotary logo. Instead of the Rotary wheel alone, now the word Rotary is included in the logo. DG Barb sported the new logo in her golf cap that was featured in her remarks.
DG Barb also challenged the club to sharpen our “elevator talk” about what Rotary is and does. The suggested approach is to center our statement around three phrases – six words.
When asked what does Rotary do, one suggestion would be to answer “Rotary joins together leaders from all walks of life, we exchange ideas about some of the tough challenges faced in our community, and we take action to do something about it.”
When talking about Vocational Service, DG Barb reminded us of how Rotary got started. A story familiar to many Rotarians, Paul Harris and three other Chicago businessmen began regular meetings that rotated between their places of business. Like the first Rotarians, DG Barb reminded us that many people initially join rotary for the networking opportunities and to support their businesses. While we stay for the friendship and service projects, it is worthwhile to celebrate out member's vocations.
The room was charged with excitement the moment DG Barb prepared to make her electrifying announcement. Citing the spark brought to the club by a certain member, she gave her Generator Award to someone who energizes every activity he is involved in. That member, of course is John Clark; a veritable dynamo of club activities and involvement. Seriously, and all bad electricity puns aside, the Club congratulates John on the recognition and thanks him for his service to the club and community.
Happy Labor Day! A day when we recognize the work that we all do to serve our communities. Whether we work to earn our living or work as volunteers, Rotary historically was founded on the value of our vocations. It is the power of our collective vocations that make it possible to fulfill Rotary's mission. Rotarians demonstrate on a daily basis the courage and faith, that by working together we make this a better world.
Carlos Noriega, District 5100 Vocational Chair
RI President K.R. Ravindran encourages us to use our gifts — talents, knowledge, abilities, and efforts — to make a significant impact through fellowship and service activities. Through vocational service, we champion high ethical standards in the workplace, use our professional expertise to serve others, and improve local and international communities. Here are just a few ideas for activities your clubs can undertake: