I have chosen to be a Rotarian so that I could be part of an organization that makes a difference. As a firefighter in Hamilton I have had the opportunity to serve our city and its citizens for 27 years. During that time I have seen the challenges in our community as well as the opportunities to improve the lives of our citizens and future of our city.
I have seen the hard work put in by so many of our community leaders and the great accomplishments of our civic organizations. I was introduced to Rotary by Joe Schutte, my chief at the time, as an opportunity to judge the science fair at which I got to see the great work of the Rotary volunteers and the impact they make on our community.
I joined so that I could have ownership as a member of this great organization and to work at things that benefitted the community rather than myself. In Rotary that is the standard. Nobody “works” at Rotary events. Rotarians have an opportunity to choose the events that interest them and to participate at any level, and the rewards of that are not only the work that is done; the friendships and camaraderie are equally rewarding.
I have chosen to make club meetings a priority. Thursday at noon is a standing commitment to be with people and to see friends, old and new. Lunch programs highlight the Hamilton business community as well as the youth of our city. Each Thursday I see that Rotarians are active in our schools by passing out dictionaries and recognizing academic accomplishments and by awarding scholarships and sponsoring academic competition. Rotarians are active in our community by raising money for local charities and non-profits. Rotary Club of Hamilton makes a difference and as a Rotarian, so do I.