Thanksgiving is a time when we gather with family and friends to reflect on the good in our world. Join us in pondering the words of a Swiss philosopher, Henri Frederic Amiel: “Thankfulness is the beginning of gratitude. Gratitude is the completion of thankfulness. Thankfulness may consist merely of words. Gratitude is shown in acts.”
May our acts as Rotarians demonstrate our gratitude for our blessings. For friendship, for health, for work, for opportunities to gather together, enjoy a meal, and change our community for the better.
We stay focused on the objectives we have for the world: Peace. Tranquility. A true Brotherhood of Man. Freedom from hunger, from oppression, from sickness. The freedom to choose our own destinies. We reaffirm our commitment to our simple Rotary Four Way Test for all we do and support: Is it the truth? Is it fair to all concerned? Will it build good will and better friendships? Will it be beneficial to all concerned? We reaffirm our commitment to high ethics in all we do. And we give thanks for all the blessings, opportunities and responsibilities that befall us as Rotarians. We continue in this new millennium with optimism, renewed energy, and a commitment to service to you and our fellow men and women. Please, Lord of the Universe, help us so to serve! Amen.
Adapted from an invocation by Joseph D. Coons Bellingham WA
Please enjoy this video and consider what you are Thankful for this year.
We are thankful you fellowshiped with us today.
Of all the things we think, say or do:
Is it the TRUTH?
Is it FAIR to all concerned?
Will it build GOODWILL and BETTER FRIENDSHIPS? Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?