CRPR ANNUAL EASTER EGG HUNT
Once again our Rotary Club helped with the annual Centre Region Parks & Recreation Easter Egg hunt. Fourteen club members helped to set up the areas for four age groups of children, stringing twine around the areas and distribting plastic eggs containing small pieces of candy. In each area, three eggs had pieces of paper indicating they were prize winners. Our Rotary club provided the prize baskets that were created by Mary Johnston.
Rotarians at Orchard Park prior to Easter Egg hunt
April Showers bring May Flowers and also the last few months of the Rotary year.
The Rotary year runs July 1st to June 30th and each year there is a new Rotary International President, District Governor, and new Club President. When I became President, my family felt that it would take too much of my time. And I was inclined to agree with them until I jumped in last July.
As you know, we are all given the same amount of time each day (24 hours) and 7 days in each week. How we manage that time is up to us. Rotarians are no different! We are leaders in our community, working to provide for our families and wanting to spend time having fun. For me, Rotary is that and more.
When asked to join an organization or help with a task, we usually want to know how much time will it take. Being a Rotarian can take a little bit of your time or as much as you want to invest. As a Club, we hold meetings weekly. "Oh no, I can't be a part of an organization that wants me to attend every week", you are saying. That could be true, but: Can you invest in service and working with others? Do you eat dinner Tuesday evening? Do you want to volunteer in your community? Mentor others? Spend 4-8 hours a month with folks who believe as you do?
Attendance requirements are not as strict as you might think. "Yes, but if I join a club, I want to be involved". Involvement in Rotary can take many forms. While we would like to see you regularly, we understand that everyone has other commitments. With weekly meetings, you don't have to try to figure out if the club meets this week or not, you can be assured we are meeting!
Your time investment will payback over and over. For me, it's the smile and wave from the elderly woman who just received her meal from the Meals on Wheels Volunteer that I drove around one morning. (Time: less than 2 hours); or the smile on the 3rd Grader's face that received "A Student Dictionary" when we visited their classroom. (Time: less than 30 minutes); or the "Thank You for doing this" from a passing individual while we rang the Bell for the Salvation Army. (Time: 1-2 hours); And most recently, the looks on the faces of young children participating in the Centre Parks and Recreation Easter Egg Hunt, that Rotary provided the Prize Baskets for. (Time: minutes)
If we add up the time, yes, Rotary is a time commitment, but so is everything we do. Rotary meetings give me an opportunity to exchange ideas with individuals I wouldn't normally go out to dinner with, but am proud to call friends. For me the benefits and return on my time investment to be a Rotarian, is BENEFICIAL TO ALL CONCERNED, including my family.
I look forward to seeing you at a Rotary meeting!