Posted by Janice Sommerfeld

Be The Inspiration!

Janice Sommerfeld has been a Rotarian for just over 12 years and will be the 2018-2019 Sunrise Rotary President. She has just returned from PETS – that’s President Elect Training Seminar, held in Seattle WA every year for the PNW area.  Her presentation was on this inspirational weekend!

RI VP Elect John Matthews and RI President Elect Barry Rassin spoke of Rotary: Changing the World – Telling our Story… and asking us all “What is your Rotary Story?” When was that moment the light switch went on and you wanted to be part of such a Club or you felt like you really had that Rotary moment?

First of all, what is Rotary?

Rotary is a global network of 1.2 million leaders, problem-solvers, friends and neighbors who by working together create lasting change in our communities and around the world.
I think of Rotary like a large corporation divided into three parts: our clubs, Rotary International, and The Rotary Foundation.  I use to think that a lot of the Rotary paper-work and protocols were, well, just that…  Over the years and particularly since PETS, I see that managing all of these moving parts requires the structure and paper that is in place.
Rotary, a well-oiled machine that has gained the trust of many organizations and governments around the world; – the likes of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation being one of them. It is due to this partnership, that the world is closer than ever before to wiping out polio – we are just a few more Drops away; last year there were only 22 cases reported, and this year only 3 cases so far --  a long way from just 30 years ago, when there were 350,000 cases!
Paul Harris, the founder of Rotary, said, “Whatever Rotary may mean to us, to the world it will be known by the results it achieves.”   He was just one man, a Chicago attorney with Vision to bring professionals with diverse backgrounds together so they could exchange ideas, form meaningful, lifelong friendships, and give back to their communities. I think Paul Harris would be proud of Rotary International.
My Rotary moment was shortly after I had joined the club.  Members had been talking about Moir Park and a field house.  I, being from the prairies, envisioned something like a storage shed for the soccer nets and balls.  Well, was I surprised when I saw this nearly complete, beautiful building with Boys and Girls washrooms, a storage area and a concession?  It was then that I understood what a few individuals working together could do. This project shows the dedication that Sunrise Rotarians have to the community along with the Paint the Train project, Film fest, Friends of the Library and the Gran Fondo, just to name a few local projects.
It comes down to Rotarians being People of Action.  One of the speakers at PETS was Joan Toone, who acquired Polio at the very young of just 7 years old.  She told ter story of witnessing things no young person should and how now she battles with Post-Polio syndrome. Joan emphasized the importance of eradicating this disease. WE are so close, just a few more drops! 
For years I have wanted to go on a Polio Immunization Campaign - - its one of my Visons.  What’s yours…?
April 7th is the District Leadership Training Assembly; it use to be called Spring Assembly but they want to focus this year on training to help us all be better Leaders.
I’d again like to extend that invitation for us all to attend – I’ve sent a few emails out in regards to this.   April 2nd is the cut off for registration.  There is something for everyone – I hope to see you there! 
BE THE INSPIRATION - this link will take you to the Club Runner District 5080 site for the Training Assembly brochure, registration and hotel information.