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Why I Became a Rotary Member

Updated on June 27, 2011

Why I Joined the Local Rotary Club


I became a volunteer for the first time in Toronto in the spring of 1976; looking for something to do, I made an appointment with a volunteer centre. The interview I had with the volunteer centre coordinator was the first step on a path that has stretched over 30 years, and from Ontario to Newfoundland.

I volunteer my time and skills for two basic reasons; I want to contribute to the community I live in, and two, by volunteering, I get to meet my neighbours, and to help build a better place for us all to live.

When my wife and I arrived in Campbellton, New Brunswick, in 2006, I spent the first year simply situating myself. I like to become familiar with the terrain before taking action, and to do this properly you need time.

Living in city of about 7,000 people is a considerable change from one of 100,000 plus, and a major shift from an urban centre such as Toronto. It was exactly what we were seeking.

Once I began to know the place, I looked for an organization I could help. I was invited to a Rotary lunch and through that volunteered my time at a few Rotary supported community events.  I had fun and the Rotarians I was working alongside, seemed to truly enjoy what they were doing.

The Rotary motto Service before Self is a powerful statement, and I witnessed it in action on more than one occasion. I knew I had to decide to seek membership or move on, and then at a Rotary lunch meeting the District Governor spoke about that year’s theme: Make Dreams Real.

I was already aware of the work Rotary International was doing to eradicate polio around the world, and had some idea of the various international projects they supported, as well as what each club did in its own location.

The theme was the icing on a very appealing cake. If we can make dreams real we can change the world. It was this thought that convinced me that Rotary was where I wanted to use my skills.

Over the few years since then, my involvement with Rotary has increased my awareness of the community where I live, and enhanced my ability to contribute to serving that community.

However, being a Rotarian means that not only can I be of service where I live but I can do so in cities and countries that are located a long way from here. Making a contribution and making a difference is why I volunteer and with Rotary I am able to do both.

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  • Bob Ewing profile image
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    Bob Ewing 7 years ago from New Brunswick

    You are welcome, the 4 way test is very useful when making decisions, thanks for dropping by.

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    jill of alltrades 7 years ago from Philippines

    My husband is a Rotarian so of course I am a Rotary Ann. I support and participate in all the activities of their club. I am really impressed by the "service above self" motto of Rotary as well its 4 way test.

    Rotary does make a difference in the lives of many people.

    Thanks for this hub!

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    Bob Ewing 7 years ago from New Brunswick

    Thanks and all the best; thanks for dropping by.

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    Lita C. Malicdem 7 years ago from Philippines

    Community service the Rotary and Innerwheel Clubs' way is in demand in times of disasters and calamities. My late husband was a chartered member of Rotary Club Philippines and I was member of the Innerwheel Club, it's counterpart for rotarians' wives. As a Rotarian and an Ann, we had reached out to the needy. I still hold on to the theme, "Service Above Self" even to this day.

    Good luck in your chosen organization.

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    Bob Ewing 7 years ago from New Brunswick

    Thanks you had the pleasure as a Rotarian and community member of attending the Literacy Now launch at local public library which we help sponsor.

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    The Rope 7 years ago from SE US

    Terrific hub. Never knew the Rotary motto "Service before Self". I wish our local Rotarians were as active as yours seems to be. Congrats on a wonderful hub as well as your terrific involvement.

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    Bob Ewing 7 years ago from New Brunswick

    Congratulations on the Gala and thank you all for dropping by.

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    someonewhoknows 7 years ago from south and west of canada,north of ohio

    The Rotary Club of Detroit, Michigan, USA. Rotary International was founded in 1905, and the Rotary Club of Detroit in 1910, as the 16th club in the world. Join our Centennial Gala on July 24, 2010.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=onTNJr68OU4

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    myawn 7 years ago from Florida

    A very good club Thanks for letting me know what there about.

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    prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US

    Hi, I am happy for you because you are able to hep your communities and the whole world as well, My father is a member of a Rotary club too, gotta be proud of it,

    Thanks, Maita

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    Bob Ewing 7 years ago from New Brunswick

    Thanks Hello, and thank you both for dropping by.

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    Hello, hello, 7 years ago from London, UK

    Thank you, Bob for such a wonderful hub. My respect to you.

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    Melanie 7 years ago

    Awesome post.