This an auspicious post for RFA as it is the 100th post since I started the blog a year and half ago on October 27, 2013. This experiment in building a Rotary audience with entertaining content continues to amaze, with total visits as of today of 90,256. After plateauing for a while, something seems to be happening lately as visits are noticeably growing. For example, the post two weeks ago, “Rotary by Design – Not By Default” set an all-time RFA record for one-day visits with 3,713. This week’s total visits is 5,000+, again a record. The total number of countries that have visited, according to WordPress, is a staggering 159 countries. So…if you are wondering whether you can build a loyal audience with systematic, entertaining, and educational Rotary content, I guess the answer is YES.
I thought in order to celebrate RFA’s 100th post I would author a hard hitting treatise on an important and controversial subject that would rock the Rotary world with new insights about Doing Good in the World. Something that would literally change our Rotary lives. Soaring prose that could fundamentally change the paradigm of what it means to be a Rotarian and solve most, if not all, of the world’s problems. Naaaahhhh!
Instead, I offer you a Rotary poem. This is my first effort at writing poetry and my wife, Linda, has strongly suggested it be my last. Nonetheless, I hope you enjoy this poem about our Rotary bling.
I Love My Rotary Bling
I’m dressing up to represent,
Rotary’s praises I will soon sing,
Pins and badges tell their story,
Oh how I love my Rotary bling.
Rotarians will be wearing shades,
Today’s club program is the DG thing,
Eyes shielded from the brilliant glare,
The awesomeness of Rotary bling.
We get our theme pins every year,
Affixed too quickly ouch it stings,
Ordered 1,800 from Russell Hampton,
Add to our collection of theme pin bling.
The closet drawer is over flowing,
To each pin’s message I tend to cling,
I know they’re old I just can’t trash them,
Too precious is my Rotary bling.
If not removed before security,
At the airport alarms will ring,
Too much metal for the detectors,
There are risks to wearing Rotary bling.
Club President is a pin to covet,
Some say it’s Paul Harris wings,
Past President is a pin to long for,
Arch Klumph is ULTIMATE Rotary bling.
It’s panic time if I can’t find one,
Until it’s found sweaty hands will wring,
Check one more time in yesterday’s pockets,
More time spent looking for Rotary bling.
At big events it’s not polite to stare,
At lapels lavishly adorned in Spring,
How to fit them on your jacket?
There’s no manual for wearing Rotary bling.
Doing Good in the World is first and foremost,
As Rotarians Service before Self is king,
Eradicating Polio is within our reach,
Our journey continues wearing our Rotary bling.
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