As I have traveled to Rotary Clubs in District 6560, Central Indiana, I am amazed at the large and small acts of generosity – Rotarians spending their time and treasure to address issues in our communities and around the globe. While speaking at the Rotary Club of Union City, I was reminded of a life lesson I learned from my father one Saturday morning when I was a little boy.
We lived on a remote street just out- side of Louisville. That winter had been particularly hard on our streets, as last winter was on Hoosier streets. Sierra Trail had more than its fair share of potholes after that spring thaw. My father called and called people at the city street department. Of course, they took our calls, but week after week, the pot- holes remained. More calls from my father yielded the same results, more potholes growing deeper and wider.
One Saturday morning after Dad took his sons to get our haircuts, we took a side trip to the local hardware store to buy some tar, gravel, and asphalt mix. Dad was done with the calls for help. He decided to take matters into his own hands. He knew if he wanted those potholes filled, he would have to do it himself. So we did. We spent that entire Saturday mixing gravel, tar, and asphalt to fill every one of those potholes on Sierra Trail. There were those on the sidelines who said, “The city is responsible for filling those potholes.” “Why are you spending your time and money to fill those potholes?” We kept right on working. By the end of that day, the potholes were filled, and Sierra Trail was a smooth drive. We didn’t criti- cize. We didn’t condemn. We didn’t complain. We didn’t wait for someone else to come along and do their job; we got busy and did what we needed to do to fill those potholes.
During these first few weeks as District Governor, I have heard Rotarians tell about raising money for high school scholarships, drilling clean water wells in Africa, collecting peanut butter for food pantries in their communities, reading to young children in poverty, serving food each week to the poor and homeless of their towns, holding events to raise money to eradicate Polio, and mobilizing their cities to spend time and treasure solving problems at home and around the globe.
We are Rotarians. We are people of action. We fill the potholes that plague us and our neighbors.
Rotary is the inspiration of Planet Earth!
BE THE INSPIRATION!
Rotary International District 6560 Governor, 2018-2019