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Rotary Happenings: Reflecting on what Rotary means

By Staff | Apr 28, 2020

In this strange and difficult time, I have been reflecting on what the Rotary Club means to me. Seems like an easy answer. We meet every Friday at 7:30 a.m. at The Dunes Golf & Tennis Club for breakfast and a meeting, with a speaker sharing their adventures in life or information from a group educating many of us to something right in our own backyard.

We do wonderful service projects, in our community, district, state, county and internationally. Projects like our Sanibel-Captiva COVID-19 Relief Fund that is being handled through F.I.S.H. of Sanibel-Captiva for the people of Sanibel and Captiva who have been drastically financially impacted by COVID-19, scholarships for our local college-bound students, water projects in countries that have very limited access to clean water, wheelchair deliveries to those who don’t have access to one, eradication of polio, and I could keep listing them. Normal enough for a service club, until you don’t have it.

When I really stopped to think about what Rotary means to me, it became more complex than I had originally thought. What I never truly realized was all the social interactions that Rotary provides me with, especially in a world where technology and communication through computers or phones have become the norm. These interactions are something that a Zoom call can never replace.

I think about all the wonderful and interesting people I have met, warm hugs from so many new friends, a handshake with a smile, a joke and a good belly laugh. I miss the check up on someone struggling with a family or life situation, a check-in with a fellow Rotarian on an ongoing project, laughter, and sometimes tears. My fellow Rotarians have become my friends, my extended family. And boy do I miss them! In this very tumultuous time, stay home, stay safe, until we meet again!

For information about the club, visit sanibelrotary.org or www.facebook.com/sancaprotary.