Have you ever been excited to see the Rotary symbol on someone’s car. I have a GoodBye Polio sticker on my trashcan and advertise every Monday in my Neighborhood. What can you do to increase goodwill towards Rotary?
You have to agree with me that Rotary is one of the best secrets in the world. But I will tell you that the hundreds of people I have met by simply wearing a lapel pin has been amazing. You can travel the world with Rotary and ask a former exchange student for the secrets of their journey.
When the editors at Reader’s Digest made a list of the “50 Surprising Reasons We Love America” for their July 2013 cover story, they placed Bruce Springsteen and Jon Bon Jovi at No. 50, Bill Gates at No. 25, and at No. 11, sandwiched between sliced bread and tumbleweeds, was Little Free Library, a homespun-tribute-turned-international-phenomenon started by Rotary member Todd Bol.
People in 55 countries have installed more than 16,000 Lilliputian lending libraries, run on the premise of “take a book, return a book,” since Bol built his first in 2009 in memory of his mother, a teacher who loved to read. Called an “international movement” by the New York Times and a “global sensation” by the Huffington Post, the libraries have garnered coverage from media outlets including Japanese public television and French and Italian fashion magazines.
We need to continue to innovate ideas that make Rotary famous. Polio is on the brink of extinction, many communities have clean water, and our own E-Club is focusing on an international project to bring the cultural expression of music to underprivileged children in Mexico.
In the small town of Guaymas, Sonora Mexico, we seek to raise funds in conjunction with the Hermosillo Pitic Rotary Club and the University of Sonora. If you have a passion for music and helping others, consider joining this effort to create something amazing.
Here is a Powerpoint slide show of the project. PP Conservatorio de Guaymas (5)