District Governor's Message
December is Family Month in Rotary. A time to reflect and enjoy the time of year with family, friends and Rotarians. It's also a time to discern how each of us "positively impacts others and changes the world."
As part of our 3 areas of focus – Membership, Service and Leadership – one element of Leadership is to be a Heart & Soul Inspired Leader. This is any individual, regardless of age, role or title; who embraces his/her personal gifts, strengths and passions to positively impact others and change the world.
The end of our definition is important now and throughout the rest of our Rotary year and future. How can you truly positively impact others and change the world? The only way to achieve this is to act or participate in something.
Thought of another way, what would you do to help a person in need? As Rotarians, most of us would help a person in need. By doing so, we're most likely positively impacting others and helping change the world for those we help.
In 1955, Rosa Parks was a 42-year-old seamstress who was too tired one day to sit on the back of a bus. She was physically tired from a long day of work and emotionally tired from being told that African Americans could only sit in the back of the bus. Yet, despite the consequences she knew she would face, she did something to positively impact others and change the world.
There have been 3,463 Congressional Medal of Honor recipients. Most did not have age, role or title; yet, each made a split second decision to act; also despite the consequences. In doing so, they positively impacted others and changed the world because of the effect on many other lives and future generations.
I asked earlier what would you do to help a person in need? We
may all help people differently - based on our gifts, strengths
and passions. What if you were asked, what would you do to help
an organization in need? Most of us - myself included - may help
people more than an organization. However, what if the organization:
-Was one of the world's largest humanitarian organizations in the world, positively impacting lives and changing the world across the globe?
-Was responsible to leading the eradication of polio?
-Had one of the world's best foundations, one that gave money back to you so you could do more projects to positively impact more lives and change the world even more?
-Was your own Rotary Club, filled with your friends and others in your community?
-Was struggling to gain more members and unwilling to change and consider new/innovative ways to be sustainable into the future?
The only way to positively impact others and change the world is to act or participate. Sitting on the sidelines and not participating doesn't provide the opportunity to positively impact others, to change the world, to be a heart & soul inspired leader.
Participation and action, regardless of the possible consequences, is vital to being the Heart & Soul Inspired Leaders we're each capable of being; and positively impacting the lives of others - even if in what we think it is a small way.