Over the weekend I was proud to participate in "Rotarians At Work Day;" helping Habitat For Humanity.  Ever year in April, Rotary clubs around the world invite their members, families and friends to be part of a hands-on volunteer effort.  Some clubs paint old buildings, others clean up parks,  some organize libraries, and others volunteer at food pantries and soup kitchens.  You might have seen volunteers in action in your travels Saturday. Or perhaps you were among them, spending part of your day helping others.

I've been a member of Rotary for about 8 years.  It's an organization of professional people who help other people by donating time, money, and other resources where needed.  Some people mistakenly think that Rotary is an "old boys club" that uses secret handshakes.  My club has members of all ages and the way we greet each other is with regular handshakes and sometimes hugs and high-fives!   The friendships and business contacts I have made by belonging to the organization are perks!  What I've learned over the years is that it's good to give back.  There's so much need domestically and internationally.  And frankly, it feels good to put "service above self" which is Rotary's motto.  To learn more, you can visit www.Rotary.org.

My pride swells on a day like today when I see that Shelterbox is responding to help the earthquake victims in Nepal.  Started by Rotarians, www.Shelterbox.org is where you can go to learn more about the heroic efforts taken to provide tents and supplies, to people left homeless by natural disasters.

There are so many people and projects that could use volunteer help.  Are you involved in a service organization like Rotary, Kiwanis, Shriners, etc., or do you donate time to your church, hospital, library, or other community establishment?  If you'd like to put in a plug, please do so in the Comments section below.


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