Monday, February 6, 2012

Who are We?

From the RI Web Site, "About Us":

What would it take to change the world? Rotary's 1.2 million members believe it starts with a commitment to Service above Self. In more than 34,000 clubs worldwide, you'll find members volunteering in communities at home and abroad to support education and job training, provide clean water, combat hunger, improve health and sanitation, and eradicate polio.
This is on the Rotary International website, so Rotary, to the non-Rotarian reader, is Rotary International. But I will bypass the fact that, in this context, Rotary does not have 1.2 million members, it has over 34,000 member clubs that have over 1.2 million members.

 While this is important, my major question is this: Wouldn’t it be more effective, to the Rotarian and non-Rotarian reader, to say that ‘you’ll find local business, professional, and community leaders volunteering at home and abroad to support education and job training, provide clean water, combat hunger, improve health and sanitation, and eradicate polio?’

Doesn’t this do a more credible job at differentiating and identifying Rotarians? Excerpt from Jim Henry email 2/2012. 

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