Service Above Self is the Rotary motto. It inspires each of us to live our professional and personal lives in a way that promotes service to others before ourselves. The motto Service Above Self dates back to the 1950's and was officially recognized in 1989 as the principal motto of Rotary because it best conveys the philosophy of unselfish volunteer service. Service Above Self means that we serve without expectation of reward, thanks or praise and the motive for the service is the service on its own merit. That's not to say we don't want to be recognized for our service, of course we do, but the underlying motive is to serve others. One of the tenets taught in the Toolbox program is to "get caught" doing something for someone else without bringing attention to yourself for helping (reward is a Chick-fil-A sandwich!). I love that we are teaching Service Above Self to our kids!
This week's speaker, Bob Hope, truly exemplifies the motto of Service Above Self. He is a 40 year public relations icon, but he didn't stop there. He is an Atlanta Rotarian and was recognized as the 2012 District 6900 Rotarian of the Year for his unselfish volunteer service! He is a founder and vice chairman of HAVE Foundation, which builds and maintains schools in rural Honduras. Bob will share some great stories (it is baseball season) and the importance of Service Above Self in our lives.
This week, we will also recognize the contributions of one of our own, Myron Seagraves. For years, Myron was the scrapbook guy, but don't let that description fool you. He was creative, detailed and fun! Our Past Presidents will be bringing their scrapbooks to our meeting this week in honor of Myron, who has been afflicted with Alzheimer's. You will want to come early and see Roswell Rotary's history come alive. Myron exemplifies our motto of Service Above Self!
Please join us on Thursday as we live out our motto, Service Above Self, every day!