February 23rd is the birthday of Rotary. Paul Harris, was 37 when he gathered some professional connections and they formed the world’s first service club in Chicago in 1905.
Service is action in support of others. A small action can make a difference. It isn’t about glamour; it’s about need. A toilet is a rather basic thing, but the simple addition of public toilets in down town Chicago in 1907 surely offered the blissful relief of basic urgencies for many a person!
Let us remember that service is about meeting the needs of others, and that when we serve those needs, we can provide blissful relief at the most basic level. Let us be thankful we have the means and ability to change lives with our most simple service.© Shawn Bird 2012. Free use within Rotary. Please credit Shawn’s authorship, and leave a message in the Comment area below explaining when and where you used her words. Thanks!
will use the birthday theme in Alresford Rotary this evening ( 23rd Feb 2104 )
Oh! How exciting! Greetings to Alresford Rotary all the way over in Hampshire, England!
Thank you for the wonderful invocations that you’ve penned. I will be using the Birthday theme for the invocation at The Rotary Club of West Wollongong NSW Australia.
Greetings to West Wollongong!