Graeme's message, 14 August 2014

Membership month continues and we are marking that with a special meeting this week.

We celebrated the induction of Jo Attard at last weeks meeting and we look forward to Dorothy Manwu and Jacqui O’Brien being inducted this week. I look forward to the involvement of these new members.

It is worth all members reflecting on the “Object of Rotary” and the “Four Way Test” the fundamental principles that underlie “service above self”.

The Object of Rotary is to encourage and foster the ideal of service as a basis of worthy enterprise and, in particular, to encourage and foster:

1. The development of acquaintance as an opportunity for service;

2. High ethical standards in business and professions; the recognition of the worthiness of all useful occupations; and the dignifying of each Ro- tarians occupation as an opportunity to serve society.

3. The application of the ideal of service in each Rotarian’s personal, business and community life;

4. The advancement of international understanding, goodwill, and peace through world fellowship of business and professional persons united in the ideal of service

RI, District, Cluster and our own club are all focusing on membership throughout this Rotary year.

There are plans for a Cluster event later in the year to promote membership, so give some thought as to whom you may like to invite.

In the latest Networker Bryan Griffiths, Rotary Club of Rochester said “in the six years that have passed since being inducted as a Rotarian, I have being involved in what could be considered only a small number of positions at Club level, along with taking part in activities and projects in the community, as much as time permits a full time employed person to do”. Further, he stated that Rotary had provided:

1. the opportunity to become involved in greater community minded projects

2. gained more knowledge of international projects that even a full time employed person can assist with

3. the opportunity to meet an ever expanding diverse group of strangers becoming friends, all with the same community “can do” spirit in mind.
These thoughts echo my experience in the three years that I have been a member of Rotary, and may it be for all members, old and new.