The most common criticism of libertarians or classical liberals is: ” We are greedy. We don’t care about others.” It’s our job to show that we serve others voluntarily without force. We believe that service “satisfies”. Society requires service to meet the needs of its most vulnerable members. A free and peaceful society does it voluntarily. Blue Republicans understand that voluntary service unleashes and empowers the creativity of individuals and groups. Rotary International and other civic service groups magnify the impact of such individual and community service.
Guest Writer, Tim Dillon tells us about one group that is doing just that.
I Can’t Get No Satisfaction
The Rolling Stones said it with flair. We all seek more. Most share an inner desire to make their community and world a better place. Are perceptions a thief to satisfaction?
Is the answer in your backyard? With nearly 200 Rotary clubs in Minnesota (30,000 worldwide) and a proud history of local and international service, why is this organization shrinking and not expanding? Is it an organization perfect for diversity including Millennials, X and Y Gens?
It’s a bunch of old men. They don’t meet at convenient times. I can’t attend meetings. They are conservatives. They are a bunch of liberals. They are not fun. They focus on International and not local needs. They charge a fee for membership. They are religious. They are boring. They don’t care about minorities. They don’t benefit my career. Add your perceptions here. ________
Attend a Rotary meeting and you might actually feel some of these limited perceptions, but take time for a more introspective look and you will find more. It might be time to go out and see what Rotary really is. Is it possibly a civic organization packed with resources and integrity that can be shaped to fit your selfless dreams?
Fact is, Rotary International is an amazing organization and if you’re willing to take the time to learn, you might just find satisfaction in an unexpected place. Don’t judge by the cover. Take the time to learn more, do some research. Rotary stands for justice and invests in our youth and communities. In a world sometimes lacking values and direction, Rotary supports personal, civic and business integrity.
Ask a few questions. What’s the Four Way Test? How does the Rotary International Foundation benefit my community? Does my local club have it’s own foundation and how are these resources used? Would my employer pay for my membership?
What could you do with Rotary’s resources? Is it time to get some satisfaction?
Tim’s a past Hopkins Rotary President and a long time Hopkins, MN community advocate. Hopkins Rotary follows a flex club format to make participation easy for busy lives. The club meets at different times during the month for club meetings, service activities and social activities. Visit HopkinsRotary.com for more information. Visit Rotary5950.com for information of over 60 Rotary clubs meeting in the greater western areas of the Twin Cities. Rotary’s motto is “Service Above Self.”