Shawn L. Bird

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poem- service October 1, 2015

A Rotary Invocation poem:


Service happens in laughter and friendship.

Service happens in quiet conviction.

Service happens with firm intention.

Service happens in growing kinship

to all humanity in attention.

to Service Above Self.


6 Responses to “poem- service”

  1. Rotary, the Lions, Kiwanis- All define service as a matter of consistency and perseverance.

    • Our little town- 15,000- has THREE very active Rotary Clubs, which always amazing people who come from away. One meets for breakfast, the other for lunch, and my club meets for dinner. We make a lot of difference in the world. 🙂

  2. Ann Urban Says:

    Shawn — wonderful words — this is the one that Coastal Pender Rotary Club (NC) used on their Inaugural Dinner program.—- June 29, 2016

  3. Janet Tenreiro Says:

    Using this invocation at The Canandaigua Rotary Club, NY on 12/1/16. Thank you, Shawn!

  4. Greetings from Yellowknife. We’ve used this invocation at our club meeting yesterday– Rotary Club of Yellowknife True North. A member of Yellowknife Interact Rotary Club, Alice, read the poem.



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