May is Service Above Self Month

Posted By Marc Friedland


Rotary is not a disaster relief agency, but we are very good at long-term recovery. After all the media attention dies down, Rotary will still be there on the ground – in Haiti’s case with the earthquake, with 17 local clubs and thousands of willing partner clubs. If Rotary’s recovery efforts in Bangladesh, Honduras, Indonesia, and countless other countries are any indication, Rotarians will be in Haiti long after public interest has faded and the media have moved on. This does not happen without committed Rotarians and volunteers to assist and put service above self on top. Our clubs can and do work together; they work through their own districts, in cooperation with other clubs and districts, and with the support of our Foundation. Everything that we accomplish is done through the strength of our clubs. And so each club must have autonomy to serve where and how it can serve best."

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