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I became a “Rotarian” in 2003. My friend Sally asked me to lunch with this great group of people in the “Rotary Club”. I had only a vague idea what they were about. The picture in my head was like an old man’s social club. But that was far from the correct.
At the time I joined I was one of the youngest members. My friend Brian, was in his late 30’s and I in my early 40’s. The oldest members, David Fiddyment and John Piches are now both in their late 80’s or early 90’s with well over 60 years of perfect attendance. That is really saying something!
The Rotary Club is about service to the community both locally and internationally. The Rotary Club is largely responsible for the eradication of polio throughout the world. The list of things we do and have done for others is staggering just in our club alone.
When you’re a Rotarian, you’re in the company of some of the best people in the community. The best, the most sincere, the most caring and the most successful people in that community. It doesn’t matter where the Rotary Club is, this is the case. The adage that “who your friends are defines you as well” is something that, when you’re a Rotarian, speaks volumes
There are clubs all over the world. Being a member is humbling, exciting and satisfying.
One of the great things we do locally is called “Miles for Smiles Dental Sealant Program”. We have funds that are allocated to providing 2nd and 3rd graders with dental sealants on their molars to protect them from decay and identify those kids who need urgent dental care. Once identified, we contact the parents of the kids to see if they qualify for dental care at no cost to them.
On Monday, Feb. 4, I was at Woodbridge Elementary School screening kids for dental care. We must have screened 60 kids from all walks of life. It’s awesome to be around children like this. They are so much fun and are so excited about being alive and at school. Once we’re done at Woodbridge, we’re onto the next Roseville elementary school. It’s just and amazing experience.
There is a deep sense of satisfaction I get from helping others, especially children, and knowing that I’m doing good things. That’s what being a Rotarian is all about. That’s the message that Rotary brings to every community.
Thus the Rotary motto “Service Above Self”. That’s what being a Rotarian is all about. Service.
I love being a member of the Rotary Club of Roseville. It makes me feel like a better person, that I’m giving back to my community. Now that is Priceless!
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