‘You must learn day by day, year by year, to broaden your horizon. The more things you love, the more you are interested in, the more you enjoy, the more you are indignant about, the more you have left when anything happens.’
Sometimes we all become entrenched in our own little Rotary world. We are consumed by our club and the activities that it undertakes or the projects with which we are involved.
We may think that the Diamond Creek Rotary Town Fair is the centre of our universe or we may want to raise funds to help the Tenderfoot School or the ‘Run Out Of Poverty’ project. These are noble quests and important ones in the everyday operation of our club, but as Rotarians, it is also important that we are aware of some of the other fantastic projects which are operating throughout the world.
There are over 33,000 Rotary Clubs in the world, so we can well imagine that there are over 33,000 different Rotary projects, even if we assume that each club only undertook one project. And, we know that most Rotary Clubs have multiple activities taking place throughout the year.
When I was producing the former editions of ‘The Bulletin’, I was constantly researching information and through this research I discovered a plethora of fascinating projects that are being run throughout the world.
This week, I suggest that you broaden your horizons and take a look at some of the wonderful things that Rotary does. If you need some guidelines on where to look, here are some suggestions:
Have a look at ‘Rotary Voices’ https://blog.rotary.org/ -Stories of Service from throughout the World
If you are seeking a summary of a program, try ‘Rotary Showcase’. .https://map.rotary.org/en/project/pages/project_showcase.aspx These stories are submitted by clubs and are often in another language, but can be easily translated.
You can access the international magazine, ‘The Rotarian’
https://my.rotary.org/en/news-media/magazines/rotarian and read stories in that magazine.
Or simply think of a location anywhere in the world. Type in that location with the words ‘Rotary Club of’ in front of it in your google search and learn about a club in another country.
There are many more ways to learn about Rotary projects. Go ahead, take the step. It is always exciting to make new discoveries and I am sure that you will be amazed.