As the week progressed, names kept pouring in, and the final preparations to present the awesomeness of Rotary and the diversity of embracing “Service Above Self”, all while having fun, networking and being part of a worldwide community much larger than ourselves, took on an energy all its own.
“Wow, can this be?” I thought as I started printing out nametags; counting over 40 names of expected guests. “I hope we have enough food!” Remembering previous years of having lots of food left over, I took a deep breath and hoped for the best. Long story short, the energy carried straight through the evening and into the following days, as the feedback received from our guests was overwhelmingly positive.
Rotary is so much more than getting together to sing, eat a meal or hear a speaker. Rolling up our sleeves and seeking out partners to multiply our efforts has been the core for the Harrisburg Keystone Rotary Club, and will continue to be a focal point of what it means to be a Rotarian in this young, vibrant club!
With an eye toward minimizing time “in meetings,” and out-of-pocket costs, the Harrisburg Keystone Rotary Club is an ideal place to hang out, do good work, and build lifelong friendships.
Hearing little snippets of some aspects of what Rotary offers, including Group Study Exchange (GSE); efforts to eradicate polio; and local and international humanitarian service; as well as opportunities to develop leadership skills; and a warm, friendly, and safe environment to develop public speaking skills; all were inspired to give back to those in need.
And as a demonstration of new and excited commitment to serve, two Rotary members, Amber and Craig Mease, were installed and welcomed.
Two of our evening’s guests have already submitted their applications to join the club, and a dozen others are seriously considering making Rotary a regular part of their lives – each with their own reasons why this is important to them!
Thank you to all who participated and contributed!
David Ritter, Membership Chair
Harrisburg Keystone Rotary