October is Economic and Community Development Month
The Rotary theme for the month of October is Economic and Community Development. Despite what the political rhetoric might suggest, we know that we are privileged to live in one of the wealthiest and most economically prosperous countries in the world. We should also be very aware, however, of two realities.
First, since our world has become such an interconnected global community, the economic conditions facing less developed countries should be a humanitarian concern not only for Rotarians, but for all people. Secondly, we don’t have to look beyond the borders of our nation, state, or our own communities in order to see the effects of economic hardship.
There are those in need around the world and in our own communities. The Rotary Four Way Test challenges us to take a close hard look at the realities in our own communities. In particular we must ask the question “Is it Fair to All Concerned”. As a club, through our service projects and giving, we have dedicated ourselves to improving the conditions and fairness for all concerned. Whether these efforts involve providing opportunities for at risk preschool children to practice communication skills, ringing bells for the salvation army, or partnering on sanitation and drinking water projects in communities in need throughout the world, they all serve to provide for economic and community development.
We will also be celebrating World Polio Day on October 24th. Rotary International along with the Gates Foundation has made the commitment to eradicate polio around the world. We are close to accomplishing this goal and I want to encourage all Metro members to consider how we as a club and as individuals can participate in the important endeavor. Join us in “Pie to End Polio” by donating and by challenging others to do so. We can and will continue to make a difference in our community and around the world. Thank you for being a member of our club and thank you for being concerned about and dedicated to improving conditions for all in our community and throughout the world.