Posted by Mary Jones on Nov 08, 2019
 
I love being a Rotarian.  
Who wouldn't?? 
 
I could participate in programs that I didn't hold a degree in, I could work side by side with really interesting and cool people, I could meet people I probably wouldn't have the ability to meet and suddenly I realized I had an immediate pipeline of new friends and became part of a "family"
I think I was born a Rotarian.  My mother was my earliest influence in volunteerism-I don't remember how many times I accompanied her on her "marches" to rally financial support for the March of Dimes.  I think I was 7 or 8.  I volunteered at the Sacramento Children's Receiving Home, I volunteered at Sutter Memorial Hospital and many other churches and organizations. I transferred to Texas from California in December 1998, a few months after the passing of my beloved father. 
 
I bought a business in 2007, another in 2008 and was struggling.  I worked hard-very hard and little by little, I became successful.  I knew I had to "pay it forward".  I felt a responsibility to somehow influence others and help those who needed a "leg up". My neighbor Jen Jez and I were speaking and she introduced me to the idea of Rotary-encouraged me to visit a few clubs and talk with some folks. 
 
I joined immediately after Board Approval of my application.  I soon realized that I had a new avenue to reach my community and offer my support, to influence others in my very strong beliefs in being responsible to the environment.  I could participate in programs that I didn't hold a degree in, I could work side by side with really interesting and cool people, I could meet people I probably wouldn't have the ability to meet and suddenly I realized I had an immediate pipeline of new friends and became part of a "family", having left all of mine in California. 
I love being a Rotarian.  Who wouldn't?? 
 
 
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