Both Sides Now

Having been inducted to my mother club in 2005, I have been in the Rotary family for over 20 years. 

When I was a Rotaractor, my Club and I carried out what we had aligned. We might lack experience and skill. We might fuss and fight. However we wanted to serve.

Rotarians are always good at discussion. When Rotarians want me to lend a hand, they will start preaching “Let’s Serve Above Self! ”. However, I see them declining by saying “Well, this is a voluntary job” when they are encouraged to serve. There is a Rotarian who always said we are all equal. That same particular Rotarian has shown me we are not in the past 20 years. There are Rotarians who simply excuse themselves whenever I began to talk on contribution to the Rotary Foundation.

I am a Rotaractor-turn-Rotarian because I want to follow the path of devoted family members who serve unconditionally.

Some may say we need patience and understanding on both sides. That is similar to what our founder, Paul Harris said on “Tolerance” and “Tolerance should be applied to Rotarians, Rotaractors and “RINOS” (Rotarians/Rotaractors in Name Only).

“We have two kinds of morality side by side: one which we preach but do not practice and another which we practice but seldom preach.” said Bertrand Russell. What if I suggest you to replace “WE” with “ROTARIANS”? Will it sound more familiar?

Prove me wrong, Rotarians.