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Amelia's Story

Amelia (a pseudonym) felt stuck in a hamster wheel of spreadsheets and stale coffee. Her job as a mid-level manager was fine, but "fine" wasn't exactly setting her soul on fire. The news was a constant downer, and her social life revolved mostly around happy hour complaints. Then, a friend dragged her along to help with a local Rotary project.

It was just a chance to escape the fluorescent purgatory of her office. And it was really fun and gave here a sense that helping others was important. Following that introduction she attended a Rotary meeting where the stories started.

A dentist talked about building a mobile dental clinic, a fire chief described a program teaching kids fire safety. These weren't world-changing headlines, but real people doing real good with stuff they knew how to do.

Something clicked for Amelia. Maybe she could use her brain for more than remembering how to log into Zoom. Rotary wasn't about becoming a superhero; it was about a bunch of regular folks chipping away at problems, like a community garden project for the community.

She started volunteering at a local after-school program, helping kids wrestle with phonics. Teaming up with an building contractor Rotarian and some other members, they transformed the dusty room into a bright, welcoming space filled with books and laughter. Seeing the spark in the kids' eyes as they devoured stories was Amelia's weekly dose of happy.

Rotary became her crew, a mix of people from all walks of life, each with their own quirks and stories. Age, jobs, positions and titles, it didn't matter. They were all there for the same reason: to do something good.

Sure, there were bumps. Fundraising was a slog, and dealing with red tape could make a saint want to tear their hair out. But her fellow Rotarians, with their infectious optimism and unwavering support, kept Amelia going. They celebrated every tiny victory, reminding her that even small steps could lead to big changes.

One year, she decided to join a Rotary international project in Mexico. The team spent a day building a house for a family. Witnessing the gratitude in the mother’s eyes after receiving the keys to their new home solidified Amelia's purpose. It wasn't about grand gestures; it was about the quiet moments of human connection and the ripple effect of a simple act of care.

Years flew by, and Amelia didn't end up on CNN. But looking back, her life wasn't a blank page. It was a messy, beautiful story filled with helping kids learn, fighting for better playgrounds, and just being there for people who needed it. Rotary hadn't given her one grand purpose; it had shown her the power of showing up every week, making connections, and chipping away at the world's problems, one after another. And that, in Amelia's book, was a pretty powerful and fulfilling way to live.

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Apr 09
Rated 5 out of 5 stars.

There is such power in numbers. What might seem insurmountable becomes doable and joyful and enriching. ❤️

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