Posted on Jan 23, 2019

On Monday evening, our club’s Membership Committee hosted an “Introduction to Rotary” event for new and newish members of the club. Club Membership Director, Paul Dusseault, welcomed the attendees—five of the club’s newish members (Svetlana, Lola, Sandra, Mark, and Denis), along with Denis’s spouse, Monique, Stephen Lau’s girlfriend, Faye, one potential member, Wei Chew, and the Membership Committee members, Wayne, Nelson, Stephen, and Dean.

 

Wayne identified the many benefits of Rotary membership—networking, fellowship, the reward of “giving back,” the opportunity to develop humanitarian projects using one’s knowledge and skills.  He explained the club’s focus on impacting inner city youth and seniors. Projects such as the Rocky Mountain Experience, the Voyager Experience, school dinners, music programs, and scholarships demonstrate our commitment to youth. Our partnership with Operation Friendship Seniors Society (serving meals, holding clothing drives, and assisting with Christmas programs) forms the focal point of our work with seniors. Internationally, our many projects include the Operation Esperanza Medical/Dental Mission to Ecuador, providing ambulances to countries in Central America and Africa, building playgrounds in Belize, and a brand-new-this-year sewing project in Belize.

 

The “Introduction to Rotary” evening was interactive, with lots of questions, answers, and great conversation. Everyone took away a greater appreciation of what the club does, what it can do, and how individual members constitute the driving force behind it all.