Surprise. This isn’t where you are going to find my post about “The Two Most Powerful Words in Rotary.” To find this post you have to go to My Rotary and look it up under Rotary Voices, Stories of Service From Around The World. I understand that what I should do is provide you with a link to this blog post so it’s easy for you, the reader, to actually read about this amazing story. But I’m not gonna do it. Instead I’m going to shoot myself in the foot and ask you to open another tab on your browser, go to www.ROTARY.ORG. Navigate to MY ROTARY. Sign in (get yourself a password if you haven’t already), run your curser over to MEMBER NEWS, and then find ROTARY VOICES in the drop down menu second from the left. My post is the second one on the page. I realize that most of you won’t actually do this, which means you are going to miss a great story about an unprecedented joint venture between 22 different Rotary Districts in Zone’s 33-34. It is a story about the power of asking “What if,” as in, “What if every District in Zone 33-34 participated in a joint project together?”
The answer will surprise you. At the end of the day, over 40,000 men, women, and children in 40 communities in the country of Ghana are going to benefit because DGE’s rose to the task and answered a “what if” question with an equally important reply: “Why Not?” So go ahead, if you haven’t been on the ROTARY VOICES blog you really should check it out, and check out all of the other neat content available on MY ROTARY while your at it. Special thanks to Arnold Grahl, Editor and Web Content Producer in the Communications Group at RI for inviting me to blog for them. Very cool!
Since I’m on a “what if” rant today, how about these other “what if” questions?
What if Rotarians didn’t procrastinate and do everything at the last minute? (Yes…that would be me included.)
What if Rotarians actually put their goals in Rotary Club Central and used Rotary’s online tools to our best advantage?
What if young professionals in our community saw Rotary as the best choice for their marginal dollars to advance their careers by networking with successful Rotary business leaders and being mentored by experienced and caring older Rotarians?
What if Polio was eradicated and Rotary won the Nobel Peace Prize?
What if Rotary membership wasn’t 1.2 million, but instead more than doubled over the next ten years to 2.5 million?
What if DGE’s in Rotary Zone Institutes all around the world decided to work together on joint projects where each District contributed small amounts of DDF to fully fund $100,000+ humanitarian projects with the help of TRF grants? (Hint, hint…read the article on Rotary Voices.)
Why not explore the possibilities of asking “What If?’ when it comes to Rotary? Wouldn’t it be be a shame if not asking this important question is leading to a collective failure of imagination about how much good we could do in the world? If you have some What If’s to share, let me know. I’ll be happy to post them so everyone can ponder them.
In the meantime, even if you don’t go to MY ROTARY and check out ROTARY VOICES, you might check out www.RFHA.org and learn something about the Rotary Action Group, Rotarians for Family Health and AIDS Prevention Inc.
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