The Rotary Movement is recognized worldwide for the contributions it has made in the lives of many. Its mandate towards Service to Humanity is probably what gives true meaning to Rotary International and what makes many join its local chapters as a member. Many do not know that the (almost complete) worldwide eradication of polio has been made possible through the men and women of Rotary.
The following Gratitude Thoughts on Paul Harris are for the man who started Rotary in 1905…
We who have learned so much from him (by his example/s) should respectfully address him as Meister Paul. Using the word “meister” which is derived from the Latin word for magister– or teacher, is fully appropriate. For indeed, through Rotary, he and those who came after him have taught us how to become better than who we were before we joined Rotary.
The seed that he has planted over a hundred years ago has germinated into what it is today– into a culture of volunteerism, service and goodwill. It has attained full bloom into the systems that are now in place (through Rotary International), as a vehicle for those who are willing to take up the challenge– of giving back to Life– for the many blessings provided to us.
When one is ripe for the opportunity, the chance to serve is granted. Thence, from the simple act of becoming a member of a Rotary club, we are given the potential to be of service to others.
To me, Rotary has become one of my life’s major blessings. Personally having been a member of my Rotary Club of Baguio, RI District 3790, has given me the opportunity to gain a better understanding of what it means to be a servant and leader.
Today, after more than a decade and a half of involvement in our Rotary Club of Baguio (rcbaguio.org), I thankfully look back to the day I was inducted into Rotary. And likewise to the day Paul Harris invited Meisters Silvester Schiele, Hiram Shorey and Gustavus Loehr to meet in Room 711 of the Unity Building on Dearborn Street, in downtown Chicago. What they did on that first-ever Rotary meeting on Thursday, 23 February 1905, is re-celebrated as we go through the motions of our noontime, weekly Saturday meetings at the Baguio Country Club.
Many believe that people actually never die. That after we leave our present physical body, we all go on into the afterlife, then metamorphose into another being– to continually improve who and what we are, until we attain perfection.
Regardless of what we individually believe, Meister Paul has succeeded in making possible the attainment of personal improvement in those who have become Rotarians.
In behalf of all Rotarians all over the world, we manifest our unending gratitude to Meister Paul.
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