2020 New Years Newsletter for Newberg Noon Rotary Club
As we slide past the Winter Solstice, a reflection of the importance of this time of year may come to mind. For countless millenia humans in the Northern Latitudes have had a dread of Nature’s shortening of the daylight hours with the onset of Winter…and for some cultures, this was seen as being associated with the impending death of the planet …only to discover that at a certain point…and virtually the same time each year [within a few days]…that daylight decline stops….hesitates….then reverses itself with a “re-birth” of a “new year”. That’s a re-birth definitely worth celebrating! Winter Solstice celebrations have been common throughout human history….even during its pre-history….up to this very time! So let’s celebrate!
Rotarians “celebrate” under some guiding principles….namely SERVICE ABOVE SELF.…The elements of the Four-Way Test of Rotary….Rotary International President Mark Maloney’s theme of “Rotary Connects the World”….the Object of Rotary…and others…all geared toward the service to, and the betterment of, mankind …locally, regionally and globally.
As the new year of 2020 begins, both old and new opportunities for Rotary Service abound, let’s re-focus on the visions of all who whole-heartedly embrace…and act on…these principles…starting with some of the philanthropic projects Newberg Noon Rotary Club has undertaken: * Supporting YOUTH is critical as they are the future of this planet….and we do so with the Resource Room; with our financial and volunteer support of a local Scout Troop; RYLA [Rotary Youth Leadership Award/Academy] has a proven track record of giving youth new leadership skills; Rotary’s International Youth Exchange has amply demonstrated for decades the value of teaching students from around the globe that we are more alike than different no matter where we come from; and many others…..
Five Avenues of Service Based on the Object of Rotary, the Five
Avenues of Service are Rotary’s philosophical cornerstone and the
foundation on which club activity is based:
Club Service focuses on strengthening fellowship and ensuring the effective functioning of the club. This “Avenue” promotes the development of acquaintance as an opportunity for service. It involves the activities necessary to make the Club function successfully and achieve its goals.
Vocational Service encourages Rotarians to serve others through their vocations and to practice high ethical standards. This area represents the opportunity that each Rotarian has to represent the dignity and utility of one’s vocation as an opportunity to serve society. Rotarians promote and foster high ethical standards in business and professions and promote the recognition of the worthiness of all useful occupations.
Community Service covers the projects and activities the club undertakes to improve life in its community. This “Avenue” relates to the activities that Rotarians undertake to improve the quality of life in their community. Particular emphasis is given to helping children, needy families, the aged, the handicapped, and those most in need of assistance. Rotarians strive to promote the ideal of service in their personal, business, and community lives.
International Service encompasses actions taken to expand Rotary’s humanitarian reach around the globe and to promote world understanding and peace. In this area, Rotarians strive for the advancement of international understanding, goodwill, and peace through a world fellowship of business and professional persons united in the ideal of service. International Service Projects are designed to meet the humanitarian needs of people in many lands, with particular emphasis on the most underprivileged children and families in developing countries.
Youth Service recognizes the positive change implemented by youth and young adults through leadership development activities as RYLA , Rotaract and Interact , service projects, and creating international understanding with Rotary Youth Exchange.
Starting the New Year of 2020, Newberg Noon Rotary Club proudly is made up of VISIONARIES…some with lots of experience in their “Rotary Resumes”…..others new to all of this, but eager and ready to contribute their time and talents….and a major way to do just that RIGHT NOW is to FOCUS on the Club’s primary FUNDRAISER ….as it is now time once again for serious …..
Shannon Buckmaster is our 2020 AUCTION CHAIR.…so if you have any ????, contact her to see how YOU can fit into the overall scheme of this SUPER-IMPORTANT ACTIVITY! As Rotary philanthropy depends on sound fiscal development….and management!
AND…Will Worthey…our new Librarian will present his Classification talk this week….January 8…BE THERE!
For additional Club information, such as Board Briefs, upcoming programs, meeting location changes, etc., go to the Club’s website.