Lew Parks
 
Why did you join Rotary?
 
I joined Rotary primarily because of their tag line “Service Above Self”.  I have tried to give back most of my life by volunteering to organizations like Big Brothers/Big Sisters, feeding the homeless and less fortunate, and supporting organizations like the Lake County Haven and CASA.  Rotary seemed to take that idea even further, and I wanted to get involved with it.
 
What experiences / projects / events have you most enjoyed and/or gained the most from your participation?
 
Working on community service projects has been a big part of my involvement.  I have also enjoyed helping to organize and implement our Rendezvous’.  Working with people or on a team seems to bring the best out of me.  I have also really enjoyed going to South Africa on a Friendship Exchange, going to Guatemala on a service project, and then going to Taiwan on a service and Friendship Exchange trip.  The travel has really opened my eyes as to how people live in other parts of the world.  I traveled a lot when I worked for international consulting firms, but I never saw anyone else besides business people.
 
What three things do you enjoy doing in your "free" time?
 
I enjoy reading murder mysteries, science and new innovations articles, and golf? The last one I haven’t done much of lately but plan on doing more next summer (Promises, promises).  I enjoy travel and meeting new people.  I also practice meditation and mindfulness. I love to fix things!!!