How do people meet new members? We usually meet potential members through someone else, normally a person who is not himself “zapped” with the spirit of Rotary. These potential members have already started their journey through Service Above Self, or they would not have been suggested to you. They are already extraordinary people, imbued with the right attitude, just looking for a place to concentrate and refine their energies aimed at helping others.
We are ambassadors to our communities. We already see what Rotary is, but it’s probably true to say that most of us didn’t really see Rotary until after we started in it. That’s the way it is with the potential members—mostly, they know what Rotary is; they aren’t caught by surprise. It’s just that they can’t pay a lot of attention to us while they’re on the outside looking in.
Volunteer Donor Erwin Hidalgo cleans up one of the soup containers during RC CEPZ Feeding Program at Tejeros Convention Elementary School.
Volunteer Major Donor of the 10 Most Outstanding Workers of CEZ, Hon. Bong Revilla (past Cavite Governor) with son Jolo.
These potentials are out there in the world, and they’re mostly doing their share of volunteering already. But the world doesn’t recognize individual effort, mostly. Mostly, what people notice are the coordinated actions of organizations, because it’s only then that enough of a stir can be engendered that might get someone’s attention. Yet, to everyone who is the recipient of individual attention, a public-spirited citizen is just as important as a large, seemingly important organization.
Our potential members are heroes already; and they aren’t recognized for what they do. These people are already “zapped;” they just don’t know it. Through Rotary, these people can know true clarity of purpose. They can gain relationships with Rotarians who share their values and who will appreciate their efforts.
But potential members and Rotarians will never meet if not for others we know in our daily activities. It’s not a big step to say to friends, “Let me know if you ever spot someone you think might make a good Rotarian.”