District 5950 Rotarians,
My wife, Colleen, and I teamed joined volunteers from South Metro Minneapolis Evenings Rotary (SMME) to make and serve dinner for 110 hungry souls at a homeless shelter in a tough part of a south Minneapolis. It was no small feat! Monthly, SMME performs one service project in lieu of a regular meeting.
We were quite the production: five pans of browning meat; cutting stations for onions, garlic and green peppers; and more volunteers combining ingredients with seasonings. The result was 50 pounds of sloppy joe plus veggies, baked beans, chips, fruit and ice cream, all offered in a buffet line.
Recipients were so grateful. Several come through twice and even three times. I realized that they truly did not know where their next meal would come from -- some squirreling away chips and buns for later. It was so sad to see fellow brothers and sisters in such a predicament with no food, shelter or resources. We take much for granted.
Start to finish, 15 of us worked nonstop for five hours. Those who shopped for supplies had already invested four hours. It was a massive undertaking to get enough volunteers, working happily and in unison, to put together this meal.
We were exhausted and needed showers!
But we knew we made a difference to those 110 hungry souls. I was so honored to be a part of the SMME effort that night at a Simpson House, and I am very proud of this energetic and vibrant club.
Service creates club vibrancy. I encourage you to find a project like this to immerse your club in community service and Serving Humanity.