Why are we Rotarians? People become Rotarians for various reasons. One of those reasons is to work with others for the better good of our community and our world. Henry Ford is credited with saying, “Coming together is the beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success.” In order for these three things to happen, we must know something about the people we work and associate ourselves with. In the Rotary Club of Thomasville, we do this using the classification talk.
The classification talk gives members an opportunity to share who they are and how they became that person. Al Park did his classification talk at last week’s meeting and did it in a rather unique way. He gave us a snapshot of his life in reverse chronology. Thanks, Al, for demonstrating your creativity.
Melinda Pillar head of the business department at Thomas University was our guest speaker. One aspect of her message was the new jobs created in the age of Coronavirus. These were jobs that did not exist prior to the virus. Contact Tracing, Employee Temperatures, Covid-19 Testers, Modify Interior, Installers, Mask Sewers and Virtual Events. These jobs allow people to provide for their families and contribute to making Thomasville a better place. Melinda also shared with the club several new programs and majors T. U. has added to their existing programs. To help with the added programs and majors, T. U. has new faculty members joining the Business Department.
What can we take away or learn from last week’s meeting? One thing that comes to my mind is family. A family is built upon a relationship. A relationship is built upon trust. Trust is gained by getting to know who the other person is. The more we know about each other (as we learned about Al), the better we can understand each other’s struggles. This allows us to appreciate the value and worth of our fellow Rotarians. We see that we are more alike than different . They are trying to make a difference in their corner of the world just as we are. Once this is done, we are then ready to take advantage of the opportunities Rotary opens to us. Remember, “A family doesn’t have to perfect; it just needs to be united.”