Our friends at the Rotary Club of San Fransisco Chinatown are a joy to partner with. They are as dedicated to serving their local community as they are to great work abroad. They work every week at a local food pantry, they support a massive water project in Mexico, and they invest in literacy programs in Guatemala. They do clean-up projects, Lupus and Alzheimer’s walks, and just hosted their first Mahjong/Texas Hold ‘Em social.
When the pandemic hit these People Of Action were on the streets, gloved and masked, handing out food.
When hate crimes spiked against Asian-Americans they immediately partnered with local advocacy groups to distribute personal safety alarms and create rapid response networks.
And they have fun doing it!
Pictured above on March 4, 2020, just days before we all learned the word “coronavirus”, Past President Reagan Lee stands in front of Chinatown’s Five-Way Test. It is as fun and creative as they are. At every meeting, in addition to the Rotary Four-Way Test, they ask themselves:
- Is it FUN?
- Will there be FOOD?
- Is it FREE?
- Will anyone get hurt?
- Will we get caught?
The Rotary Club of Eugene Metropolitan answers the Four-Way Test in the affirmative: It IS the truth. It WILL be fair to all concerned. It WILL build goodwill and better friendships. It WILL be beneficial to all concerned. It’s a beautiful affirmation of what motivates us.
We also ask ourselves, Will it be fun? And Who is Rotary? We answer Yes and WE are Rotary.
Every club is unique! What questions define your club? What answers celebrate who you are and what you do? We can learn so much from each other.
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Feature image description: a group of Chinatown Rotarians smiles for the camera, gloved and masked, in front of food bags they’ve packed for distribution during quarantine at the nonprofit Donaldina Cameron House in San Fransisco.