This week's Rotary Weekly Minute is brought to you by Past President Scott Otsuka
Later this month I will celebrate my 14th Anniversary in the Rotary Club of Roseville.  Here are a few things I’ve learned, in no particular order:
  1. There is no better year in Rotary than your Presidential year 
  2. There is no better title in Rotary than PAST President
  3. In Rotary there is something for everybody
  4. In Rotary there is someone for everything
  5. Because of 3 & 4, nobody has to do everything, you don’t even have to CARE about everything
  6. The people that I can most rely on for advice, professional or personal, are my fellow Rotarians
  7. I am continually amazed by the quality of human being attracted to my Rotary Club
  8. I am continually amazed by the depth of caring and compassion in my Rotary Club
  9. I am continually amazed that despite the fact you insist you will NEVER do something, you will do it for your club anyway (see Polio Raffle, Amanda’s Taco Throwdown and Val’s Presidency.  Oh, and Amanda’s Vice Presidency!)
  10. Sometimes just being around the people in my club, I feel like a fraud and hope nobody finds out the truth
  11. Rotary is not a business group, but business gets done
  12. The 4-way test is real and absolutely works
  13. It’s okay to talk about the things you shouldn’t talk about.  In fact, you have to.  How else can they be addressed?
  14. It is said you get out of it what you put into it.  In Rotary that’s false, you get back so much more than you could ever put in
To be perfectly honest, when I joined the Rotary Club of Roseville I was looking for business.  By somehow earning a little trust, I got that.  But I have also gotten so much more.  I have gotten friends.  I have gotten family.  I have learned more from you than any other single source in my life.  From Past RI President I have learned two of my all-time favorite quotes that shape my Rotary life:
  • You may not recall who was President when you joined Rotary, nor likely remember who was District Governor or RI President…but I’ll be you remember who invited you to join.  Thank you Bruce Scheidt and Diane Ogden
  • (paraphrased) I cannot fully understand the impact my service has wrought, but I can never repay the gifts that I have received from Rotary.
I will continue to try, in my own special way, to pay back and pay forward the gifts that I receive every day from Rotary and from you.