They say that when you are inducted into a Rotary club, you become a member of that club. But, in order for you to become a Rotarian in every sense of the word, you need to immerse yourself into the club and involve yourself in its activities. Little did I realize how true this was.
I was inducted in March 2007 with the intention of leaving the next Rotary year. But before that time came, I found myself accepting invites to join different committees. Not one to renege on my word, I decided to stay and help out in the club where ever I could. So, my first year found me chair of Vocational Awards. I had no idea what I was supposed to do but thanks to the tutelage of some elders in the club, I was able to execute my duties and responsibilities satisfactorily. By the second semester I was acting secretary of the club, the club secretary having had to leave and fly back to his home country. It was a tall order for me with only 8 months into the club and still a ‘baby’ Rotarian.
You would think I would have left after this but nope. Due to the insistence of the incoming president, I was Club Secretary by my second year. I learned so much about the club and about Rotary that I found myself enjoying being a member.
On my 3rd and 4th year as a member, I was the Public Relations Director. I finally found my niche. This was something I could do well. Who would think that I would last 4 years? Time just passed by so quickly. I find myself enjoying taking part in the club’s activities and projects. There is so much joy and fulfillment in knowing that, in my own small way, I am serving my club and, consequently, my community. Now I’m even looking forward to attending my first RI Convention in Bangkok. Yup, Rotary has grown on me. I can see myself as a Rotarian for many years to come.