It is 3 o’clock on a Sunday afternoon as I type this. My plane has not long taken off, and I’m heading home after spending three days at the South Pacific Presidents Elect Training (SPPETs) weekend.
 
It was a big commitment for me – I had to take a day’s annual leave for the Friday, and had to give up a whole weekend of time with my family, to attend. Was it worth it? Definitely. It was a privilege to spend my weekend with such dedicated people, all passionate about helping those around them.
 
It is 3 o’clock on a Sunday afternoon as I type this. My plane has not long taken off, and I’m heading home after spending three days at the South Pacific Presidents Elect Training (SPPETs) weekend.
 
It was a big commitment for me – I had to take a day’s annual leave for the Friday, and had to give up a whole weekend of time with my family, to attend. Was it worth it? Definitely. It was a privilege to spend my weekend with such dedicated people, all passionate about helping those around them.
I spent the weekend surrounded by inspiring people. Mostly, they were much older than me, quiet and unassuming – nice people to hang out with. But, as the stories unfolded over the weekend, I heard about all the wonderful things they and their fellow Rotarians had done over the years to help both their local community, and give to the international Rotary community.
 
One of the questions that was regularly asked of us throughout the weekend was “why did you join Rotary”. Now, it is a question that will get many different answers, but it is a question you don’t necessarily stop and ask yourself very often. But you should – because no one is making you join Rotary; no one will make you give your precious time to help others – it is something you need to decide to do yourself.
 
Why did I join Rotary? I joined because I wanted to give back to both my community, and the world if possible. Sounds lofty and idealistic I know, but if you stop and think about the fact that we are in the top 5% of the top 5% of the world’s population by most measures – be it social, economic, health or technology, then you have to ask who is better placed to help if not you and me?
 
We achieved something special in this last year – it is no mean feat to create a new club from nothing. But now, it is time for us to do something as a club to help our community, both local and global. I heard many great examples of initiatives undertaken by other clubs around the country, and am keen to share some of these ideas with you all at our next meeting on the 5th April, where we will split into our groups and between us decide on some projects we can deliver in the year ahead that will make a difference to the people around us. And most of all – we will have FUN doing it. See you all at the April meeting!
 
 
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