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I have been a member of my Rotary club for 20 years, serving in many different capacities. I have learned many things while being a member of Rotary and have enjoyed many different experiences. For instance, this year I was elected as club president for the first time. In this post, I thought I would highlight a few club insights in order to provide you with some additional perspective about work and life.

Rotary evaluates its work and goals based on what we call the “Four Way Test.” Rotarians ask the following: Is it the TRUTH? Is it FAIR to all concerned? Will it build GOODWILL and BETTER FRIENDSHIPS? And, will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned? Look at the capitalized words in particular. Wouldn’t you agree that they represent what we should all be striving to achieve at work and in life?

Giving may be the single greatest act an individual can do to achieve both happiness and success. Whether you give your time, your money or some combination of the two, the simple truth is that the world opens up to those who freely give what they can, in support of the greater good. Through Rotary, I have seen first-hand the joyful look in the eyes of individuals who have benefited from the good work of our members. More importantly, I have seen in the eyes of my fellow Rotarians the pure joy they experience through giving their time to others. I wonder what kind of organizational culture could be created and what level of productivity achieved if every individual in an organization truly gave every task their all, in order to achieve the organizational mission.

Being passionate about your work and your organization can have a constructive impact on your self-image and personal feelings of satisfaction, which surprisingly can be more rewarding than achieving individual professional goals. Through Rotary, I have learned that I will only get out of something what I am willing to put into it. For many years, I was what many call a “complacent member” in our club. I attended meetings and participated occasionally in club activities, but didn’t invest myself fully. By ascending through the leadership ranks, I now understand what others had already experienced – the true passion of our organizational purpose.

Imagine if your organization was filled by equally passionate and motivated team members. There would be no end to the value your organization can deliver to your clients or constituents!

If you would like more information on the Eugene Rotary, take a look at our website.

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