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YEARS OF SERVICE
ROTARY CLUB OF
|Immediate PP||Kim Walden|
|Public Image||Mike Bixler|
The new year brings us new opportunities to put “Service Above Self.” The year also reminds us of fellow Rotarians who are no longer with us. We keep their families in our prayers and thoughts as we forge ahead, serving our community and the world. We have other members who are facing health challenges and planned surgeries. Then there are those recovering from surgeries or illnesses. We are all blessed to be in our present station in life. Where we find ourselves, is where we can do the most good in helping to make a difference in our corner of the world.
Tom Everett gave his classification talk last week. Thank you Tom, for sharing your life, profession and community involvement with us. Tom showed us how what we want may not be our real purpose in life. Had he continued on his original path, Thomasville would have been robbed of all the good he does in our community. Continue to bless Thomasville, Tom.
We had sixty-two in attendance last Thursday and the program was William Lokey. William gave us a snapshot of his involvement in the World Trade Center rescue and recovery efforts in New York after 9/11. As was mentioned in the last newsletter, he has had a long career of travel, adventure, supporting science in polar areas, climbing mountains, and helping communities prepare for, respond to and recover from disaster.
Helping communities is something Rotarians know how to do. We do not necessarily wait for a crisis to appear. We take action if we see the crisis developing. Rotarians are constantly working to make our world a better place to live.
And as Phil McGraw said, “We don't wait until we're in a crisis to come up with a crisis plan." Many thanks to William for sharing.
A surprise! Be sure to join in to see what Lauren has in store for us!
Mark your calendars! Our next Honoring our Local Heroes is scheduled for January27 at the Remington Fire station. Plan to join us in thanking the individuals in our community who serve us.
Rotary Board Meeting will be held at the Plaza in the Garden Room at 10:45 am on Thursday.
International Responsibilities of a Rotarian
As an international organization, Rotary offers each member unique opportunities and responsibilities. Although each Rotarian has first responsibility to uphold the obligations of citizenship of his or her own country. membership in Rotary enables Rotarians to take a somewhat different view of international affairs. In the early 1950s a Rotary philosophy was adopted to describe how a Rotarian may think on a global basis.
Here is what it said:
"A world-minded Rotarian:
That is quite an assignment for any Rotarian to practice in thoughts and actions!