After I semi-retired in 2015, I was looking for some way to do volunteer work. I got a call from Shane Carew asking if I’d be interested in joining Rotary. We had known each other for probably 20 years through Rugby so I thought it would be fun to join his Rotary group. I went to 3 meetings and when asked to join I accepted.
I applied because I met an interesting group of people working to improve our community and the world while enjoying each others’ company. I saw that they are people from a wide span of ages and occupations all focusing on similar goals. It’s exactly the kind of club that appeals to me.
I checked out the Service Committees and settled on Administration. I did this for several months and then accepted the position of club secretary, where I served for 3 years. In April 2021 I was nominated and voted-in to be the President-Elect (PE). On July 1st of 2022, I became the Club’s 75th President and will serve until June 30, 2023.
Our Club will celebrate its 75th Anniversary in January, a major milestone that matches my birthday. I have decided that our motto during my year as President is “Enthusiastic Participation – 75”. That means we aim to have our members participating with enthusiasm in one or more of our Service Committees, Club governance, or Service Foundation governance, donating what they can afford to our Service Foundation and to the Rotary International Foundation and participating in our weekly Club meetings and social activities.
All this to show that “service above self” is a lot of fun and terrifically rewarding.
Bruce Palmer Current President