Shawn L. Bird

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Spring invocation March 5, 2013

Filed under: Rotary,Rotary invocations — Shawn L. Bird @ 10:53 am
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Snows are melting; spring is come

This Rotary year is almost done.

As we reflect on projects from the year

upon our activities both far and near,

We’re thankful for successes enjoyed

We’re thankful for resources employed

in the service of others, in service of peace,

for in serving others our joys increase.

Let’s be thankful at this meeting for food and friends,

for hearts to serve and helpful hands.


(c) Shawn Bird.
  For free use within Rotary, but please leave a comment saying when and where you use this invocation, and credit Shawn as the author.

38 Responses to “Spring invocation”

  1. Ronald Archer Says:

    I used a modified version of your invocation and gave you credit for the source.

  2. laura robinson Says:

    I am using your invocation and giving you credit at our Rotary meeting held on tomorrow. It is the Rotary Club of Skidaway Island in Georgia. THank you for writing this, it is most beautiful and uplifting.

  3. N.J. Hendrickson Says:

    I am using this for the Rotary Club of White Bear Lake, Mn. Long winter for us and snow just left. Beautiful message so thanks.

    • Shawn Bird Says:

      My condolences! We had an early start in February, but then April hid from sun. Things are looking up though, I see patches of blue in the sky today! 🙂 My greetings to White Bear Lake from Shuswap Lake!

  4. don nolan Says:

    Using it at Bennington Rotary Club Bennington, Vermont onFeb.28, 2014 at lunch meeting

  5. Jun San Juan Says:

    Will be using a modified version of this invocation for use in our Rotary Club of New Manila Heights, Quezon City Philippines for March 25 meeting. First sentence changed for tropical climates. Credited you in the published bulletin version

  6. Carol Hunter Says:

    I am taking this to the Rotary Club of Malone (NY) meeting tomorrow. Not sure if I will use it, as I’m filling in for someone else. If I don’t use it this week, I’ll probably use it in April as that is my month to do the invocations. Thanks for sharing this.

  7. Sandy Adams Says:

    I used part of your invocation, and gave you credit, at our AT&T Pioneers monthly luncheon. Your words reflected our organizations mission which is volunteer service in our communities.

  8. Lisa Leonard Says:

    Will be sharing your words at Rotary Club of Philadelphia meeting, April 30th. Thanks!

  9. Greg Benincasa Says:

    Thank you for sharing your invocations. I plan you use the one on Spring at my Rotary meeting today in Utica, NY.

  10. I will use this Wednesday and credit you as the source. Thank you!

  11. Michele Says:

    Used April 25, 2016 at Rotary Club of London, Canada. Thanks!

  12. Lori Macala Says:

    I’ll be using this either at our Installation on June 21/16 or last meeting of my year on June 28/16. Daybreak Rotary Club of Williams Lake BC

  13. Lynne Wade Says:

    I like this very much, but I will have to change the top line to:
    ‘The sun is going; the rain will come’
    as we are in the southern hemisphere and only get occasional snow on the mountain tops!
    Lynne, Rotary Club of Blouberg, Cape Town, South Africa.

  14. Keli Frigo Says:

    I will be using this at our Rotary meeting tomorrow for Valley View Rotary in La Crosse, Wisconsin. Thank you!

  15. Quaker Scot Says:

    I read this out together with a short summary of your biography at the Rotary Club of Troon (Scotland) last night Tuesday 27th March 2018. Loud applause and also interest in your dog training!

  16. Quaker ScotAlastair Reid Says:

    I read this out last night (Tuesday 27th March 2018) togther with a summary of your biography at the Rotary Club of Troon (Scotland) Loud applause and interest in your dog training!

  17. Michelle Says:

    I read this invocation at our Northfield MN Rotary Meeting on 5/3/2018. It was perfect! Thank you.

  18. Brenda Granillo Says:

    I will be using your invocation for the Salinas Downtown Rotary Club today 3.12.19 and will credit you.

  19. Ana Saavedra Says:

    Hi Shawn, Thanks for this. I’ll read it at the Brattleboro, VT club meeting today.

  20. Mark Magney Says:

    Hi Shawn, I will be using this invocation for our Minnetonka Rotary Club on 5.8.19. Thank You! Mark

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