Rick Rivkin Shares the Value of Rotary Training
Last Tuesday, Rick shared an overview of Rotary, our purpose and opportunities in a training to help us log on and use our Rotary tools! These are excerpts from his presentation and his power point is available by request!
 
While Rotary is perhaps best known as a service organization Rotary actually started in February 1905 as a fellowship club that morphed into a business fellowship and then incorporated the concept of service.  Today, Rotary is dedicated to six areas of focus to build international relationships, improve lives, and create a better world to support our peace efforts and end polio forever. The key take-a-way  “one-size does not fit all” proves that Rotary is for everyone and anyone with a – Service Above Self – mindset.
Don’t stop at clicking on our website! Next to your name is a link that says “member area,” click and get access to your account. Here you can edit, update, change and complete your personal info. There is also a variety of Rotary info you’ll want access to like other Rotarians across the country and world to connect with.
 
Rotary clubs offer a range of opportunities including community service in both local and global settings including our End Polio Now campaign, Rotary Action Groups, even “fellowships” which are ways to get involved with Rotarians by sharing common interests.
 
Community Service – our connection to our local community.
The first Rotary Club – Chicago #1 – did their first service project installing public toilets in downtown Chicago. The initial resources for project ideas are for us, as Rotarians, to:
 
First – look at our community and assess community needs. Every community will have different needs. Community assessments are not normally done in a vacuum. Rotarians are community leaders, so input and support of other community leaders is essential for success.
 
Second – identify our own individual passions for service. Whether it be promoting literacy or fighting hunger, if you can dream it, Rotarians can do it.
Examples of both approaches are evident in the community service organizations that our club has supported financially over the years and the hands-on projects that Dave Masters and now Mitch Portugal have presented to us. The idea is that we are not alone, and we have local and global resources to help us with service projects.
Want to know more, visit www.rotary.org and select any of the resources available, including online courses in The Learning Center or reach out to Rick who will be happy to share his own Rotary journey with you!