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Lifelong connections

Parents and children line up for a free Rotary dental/vision clinic near Ensenada, B.C., Mexico
Parents and children line up for a free Rotary dental/vision clinic near Ensenada, B.C., Mexico

About the time my son went off to college, I found myself searching for something more, a way to fill the void and connect with others on a deeper level. That's when I joined Rotary, and it turned out to be one of the best decisions I've made. It wasn't just about attending meetings; it was about finding a community of members who shared similar experiences and upheld the same values that were close to my heart. This connection was especially beneficial for my small business, as it offered me insights and support that were directly applicable to my entrepreneurial journey.

Being part of Rotary introduced me to a diverse group of people, all coming together with the common goal of making a difference. The diversity within the club enriched our discussions and opened my eyes to different perspectives, greatly enhancing our collective problem-solving abilities. It's incredible to think about the range of backgrounds and professions that come together in Rotary, yet we all share a commitment to ethics, integrity, and service.

The projects we've undertaken have been nothing short of transformative for me. Whether it was providing free dental and vision care for children, supporting global health initiatives such as eliminating Polio, or contributing to disaster relief projects in Ukraine or Maui, each project gave me a sense of satisfaction and meaning far beyond what I initially expected. The tangible impact of our collective efforts on the community and the genuine gratitude from those we've helped have been deeply fulfilling.

More than anything, Rotary has been about building lifelong relationships. It's a fellowship that extends beyond professional networking; it's about being part of a supportive community where everyone feels valued and inspired. In a world where genuine connections can be hard to come by, Rotary has been a beacon of sincerity and warmth for me.

Reflecting on my journey with Rotary, it's clear that joining was not just about finding a way to spend my time or expand my business network. It was about being part of a global community that believes in taking action, a community that champions empathy, diversity, and perseverance. The joy and purpose that come from being actively involved in solving real-world problems, alongside like-minded individuals, have been profoundly rewarding.

In embracing Rotary, I found not only a cure for the communication issues that plague our modern society but also a path to a more connected, compassionate, and understanding world. It's a reminder that through fellowship and service, we can make a significant impact. I'm incredibly proud to be part of this vibrant community, and I look forward to the continued journey of making a difference, together.

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Feb 17
Rated 5 out of 5 stars.

I am so delighted on how Rotary makes a huge difference in your life. I feel the same way and I proudly say that I become a great proponent of the Rotary mission on earth. It was amazing how my dreams, my hope and doing something good became a reality because of Rotary. Rotary is a core of my daily life. Thank you Rotary.

Ray M. Caparros

District 5220

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