The Most Important Rotary Lesson

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From Left Top: AG Barton Goldenberg, AG Geoffrey Fenner, AG Dave Miller, Yours Truly, AG Stephen Ness, AG Mathew May, Left lower: DGN Anna Mae Kobbe, AG Danny Parker, AG Bill Yeakel, AG Larry Leahy, AG Mark Milby, DG Bill Fine. All happy to have learned the most important Rotary lesson.

This is the 68th post on the Ready, Fire, Aim Rotary blog, and loyal readers know that this is the place to go for hardball journalism and the very latest in Rotary best practices.  I’ve been waiting for the calendar New Year to write this post, but I decided it couldn’t wait any longer.  So, in the best spirit of RFA, I am sharing with you the most important lesson I learned during the past Rotary year.  We actually called a special meeting of the District Leadership Team AND the Area Governors to make certain that this information was properly distributed to all Rotary members.  If you care about world peace.  If you are a team player who knows that “there is no “I” in Rotary.  And, if you want to Do Good in the World,  you will share this message with your fellow Rotarians with a special sense of urgency.

As a member of the District’s Leadership Team, and as someone on track to be District Governor in the 2015-2016 year, who has attended Zone Training, PETS training, and Rotary Leadership Institute, as well as a person who has studied at the feet of master Rotary leaders, IPDG Peter Kyle, and current DG Bill Fine, I can attest that this actually IS the most important lesson I learned last year.  But some of the other lessons include:

Life tends to interfere with our Rotary work just a little more often than we would like it to.

Life interferes with Rotary work in direct proportion with whatever deadline we’ve set for our Rotary work.

District Governors are wise, sensitive, and brilliant leaders of men and women, who never make mistakes.

It takes 14.3 Rotarians to screw in a lightbulb.

P-Mails are actually sent to a special parallel universe inhabited by life forms that are made of Silicon.  That is why they are not read by Rotary earthlings.

There is one lesson that is not new, but is worth repeating every chance we get.  There is no such thing as a “good idea approval form” in Rotary.  The only limit to what we can accomplish in terms of doing good in the world is our own imagination, determination, expertise, and our vision.

Indeed, there were many other Rotary lessons learned last year, but you, dear reader, will have to continue to invest (waste) your time tuning in to Ready, Fire, Aim to learn them.  In the meantime, enjoy these photos of your District leaders trying to understand the basic philosophical and moral implications of attempting a new way to tie their shoes.  I’m proud to be a member of this group of thought leaders.

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The group trying to grasp the details of the shoe tying demonstration. You can see the confusion and concern as our AGs grapple with the implications of radical change in the District.
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AG Danny Parker (left) and AG Geoffrey Fenner, just prior to their “Ah ha” moment.
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Past District Governor, Bob Grill, presenting how shoe tying is extremely important in disaster situations. Grill is a Director of Disaster Aid USA and is at the forefront of a world-wide Rotary effort achieve more effective shoe tying globally.

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