Volunteer! It’s Rotary heartbeat


Service above Self.
Making a difference in your community.
Rotary serving humanity.

Yes, you’ve heard the slogans. You belong to Rotary because you believe in the good that it brings to the world. So how do you go from believing in Rotary to experiencing Rotary?

The answer is simple: Volunteer!

The dictionary defines volunteer as “a person who performs a service, especially helping other people, willingly and without pay.” Volunteering is the key to opening the door to your Rotary moment. It’s the opportunity to make a transformational change in another human being’s life. In so doing, it can also improve your life. People can’t help but feel good when they give of themselves to help others.

It’s been said that nobody can do everything. Everybody can do something. That’s how Rotary has operated for over one hundred years. Rotary provides tremendous opportunities to volunteer. 16 million volunteer hours are provided by Rotarians around the world each year.

Yet with all of the need for volunteers, each one of us has our own obstacles which limit our willingness to commit. “My plate is already full.” “I don’t have the right expertise.” “Someone else can do it better.” “I just don’t know how I can help.”

The truth is that it doesn’t take much to change from this self-limiting attitude to one that’s more empowering. “This is important so I will make the time.” “I have some expertise and I’m willing to put forth the effort.” “I will do my very best.” “I know that there is something I can do to help.”

At Portland Pearl Rotary, there are many areas where your volunteer efforts can really make a difference. We have opportunities in all of Rotary’s Five Avenues of Service: community, international, club, youth and vocational. We also have numerous subcommittees that can use your help and are of vital importance: fundraising, youth exchange, communication, membership, peace, social justice, programs and more.

It’s important to understand that PPRC is a very horizontal organization, which means that there isn’t top-down decision-making when it comes to projects. If you have a cause or activity that you’d like to champion, if it passes the Five-Way Test and you’re willing to help lead the effort, chances are strong that the club will support you.

In the words of the great Roman philosopher Seneca over 2000 years ago, “Wherever there is a human being, there is an opportunity for a kindness.” There is need. There is opportunity. Volunteer!

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