Shawn L. Bird

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invocation- for an auction November 16, 2013

Filed under: Rotary invocations — Shawn L. Bird @ 10:54 pm
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Duplicate post (also on rotaryinvocations.wordpress.com)  Tonight my little Rotary Club held our annual auction.  With the support of very generous guests, we raised over $37,000 for our projects.  We are a small but very active club.  Two of our members regularly travel to Africa to a school where we sponsor 200 school lunches, some members sponsor tuition, and we help them with other projects, like a computer lab, and a water tower.  One of our members takes a dental team to the mountains of Ecuador.  We donate funds to vaccinate 20 children against polio every week.  Closer to home we have many community projects.  Here is the non-sectarian invocation that I presented tonight:

Margaret Mead said,

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”

Let us be thankful for the small group of committed people who, with your help tonight, are changing the world

one lunch,

One polio vaccination

One dental filling

One community project at a time.

Let us be thankful for the opportunity to gather together for a good meal with good friends.

Let us be thankful.

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9 Responses to “invocation- for an auction”

  1. I think your small group should be openly commended for the wonderful work it is doing to help others. The Margaret Mead quote is very true and should be cited more often. Thank you for this inspiration material.

  2. patchsilver Says:

    :O That is sooooo awesome! Congrats!

  3. toad (chris jensen) Says:

    Reblogged this on thisoldtoad.

  4. Beth North Says:

    Shawn — I will use (and credit you) your invocation at this Wednesday’s South Bend Rotary Club meeting (Sep 30):

    Nazarene preacher W. T. Purkiser said,
    “Not what we say about our blessings, but how we use them, is the true measure of our thanksgiving.”
    So let us be thankful for our meal, our lives, our friends and our many blessings, and then let us use each to fuel positive change around us.

    Thank you!
    Beth North

  5. Michael Bennett Says:

    I love your work and I’ve begun using your poems today at our Rotary Club in Glenwood Springs Colorado. And you are given credit.


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