I joined the Rotary Mississauga Meadowvale Club at the request of Mark Cashin who kept inviting me over and over. Rotary International members impact their communities and the world in numerous positive ways.
The club meets (most) Friday's from 12:15 to 1:30pm at The Old Barber House, 5155 Mississauga Rd., Mississauga.
At the March 4th, 2016 meeting I attended, Dean Rohrs, a Rotary International Director nominee spoke to the club.
Dean, her husband Rhino, and their 3 children emigrated to Canada from South Africa 24 years ago. Dean grew up in Zambia and after marrying Rhino lived in Malawi, Namibia, and South Africa. Dean joined Rotary in South Africa in 1989. On arriving in Vancouver both Dean and Rhino joined the Rotary Club of West Vancouver and at present are members of the Rotary Club of Langley Central.
Dean has served on District and Zone committees; which have included:
She has been a panelist at the last 6 International Conventions. Her best Rotary experience is leading teams of Rotarians, Rotaractors and Interactors to South Africa and seeing how this volunteer experience changes their lives.
Rotary International is an international service organization whose stated human rights purpose is to bring together business and professional leaders in order to provide humanitarian services, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and to advance goodwill and peace around the world. It is a secular organization open to all people regardless of race, color, creed, religion, gender, or political preference. There are 34,282 member clubs worldwide. 1.2 million individuals called Rotarians have joined these clubs.
Rotarians usually gather weekly for breakfast, lunch, or dinner to fulfill their first guiding principle to develop friendships as an opportunity for service. "It is the duty of all Rotarians," states their Manual of Procedure"outside their clubs, to be active as individuals in as many legally constituted groups and organizations as possible to promote, not only in words but through exemplary dedication, awareness of the dignity of all people and the respect of the consequent human rights of the individual." The Rotarian's primary motto is "Service Above Self"; its secondary motto is "One profits most who serves best."
I hope to see you at one of the upcoming Rotary Mississauga Meadowvale meetings in the near future.