Being a Rotarian allows me (and all other Rotarians) to have fulfilment and a balance in our lives – Most of us have an active working life and we love spending time with our families but there is always time to help others in need and we can do that through being a Rotarian through our Humanitarian service to others who may be disadvantaged in any way.
I have spent many years in active community service through my nine years with Apex Australia ( the only Australian born service organisation) and over twenty five years as a member of the Rotary club of Hoppers Crossing.
Although I have taken on most club activities,(including being Founder of our longs standing major Fundraiser, our Antique and Collectables Fair which has been magnificently chaired by fellow Rotarian Trevor Jago for the past 20 years.I have particularly enjoyed working on projects which are Youth related including Founding The Wyndham Youth Public Speaking Competition (WYNSPEAK) which is probably our flagship Youth Project.
Being a Rotarian has been rewarding and fun and has allowed me to meet a great number of like-minded people, many of whom I now consider as friends.
After migrating to Australia in 1991 with my family and enjoying ourselves for five years I was looking to put something back into the community. When Rotary came along I jumped in without knowing a lot about it. Over the last 15 years Rotary has:
- Met that initial desire to contribute to the community.
- Allowed me to hear a range of inspiring and interesting speakers.
- Provided me with a ready made group of friends as I have moved around Australia.
It also provides an opportunity for social interaction and camaraderie within my own Club and the broader family of Rotary.
As Rotarians we have the power and ability to change people’s lives and to improve their daily lot. In our modern society we are accused of having a ‘take, take, take’ mentality, but for me Rotary provides the means and the opportunity by which we can give something back. Perhaps our mantra of ‘Service above self’ says it all.
Being a member of Rotary is an interesting part of life; where you learn the importance of community and service. With the motto of ‘Service above Self’, the organisation attracts youth and people from diverse backgrounds. Moreover, this platform made me learn three basic skills of a true leader; Professionalism, Commitment, Dedication. Honestly, Rotary provides an opportunity to be an avid and responsible part of the society, and also connects you to the global fraternity and international fellowship. In addition, the inspirational servicemen and servicewomen of the Rotary Club of Hoppers Crossing, is in itself a huge reason to Why I am a Rotarian!by