I Like The Cupertino Rotary They’re The Do-Gooders On Steroids
On the few occasions that I’ve covered events or happenings at Cupertino’s Rotary Club, I’ve been impressed with their enthusiasm. Even though it’s an organization doing a myriad of good deeds all over the globe, Rotary members don’t seem to be at all preachy.
The Club’s members reach out to others in the community and welcome them to join, and when someone does sign up, they are encouraged to use their skills to help the organization. Whenever I’ve shown up for an article, as soon as I walk in the door someone always stops to say hello. And, whether that person knows me, or not, doesn’t seem to matter. If they are selective in their membership choices it isn’t immediately apparent. At times it’s rather jarring to be in the presence of so many outgoing nice people.
It’s admirable that while it’s easy for one of the people I know to say hello, it also seems natural for someone I don’t know to come up and say —–hello, if you aren’t meeting someone would you like to sit with me?– It’s admirable, because it’s probably this very attitude that Rotary nurtures in its members, that keeps the clubs large in comparison to other organizations.
If I sneak in late to listen to a particular speaker–pals, Sandy James, John Zirelli or Lynn Ching will usher me to their table, find a place for me, and share their lunches, without saying a word, even though my plan was to be there incognito. And I must say, it feels good to be treated like that. I’ve never been at any other group that welcomes non-members that well, but they should all be that way.
There’s a reason that Rotary membership seems to continue growing no matter what direction the economy goes, or how gloomy things around us seem to get. Factor in all the good works Rotary undertakes and we, at The C Magazine and Cupertino-News.com, in the spirit of the Olympics, award Rotary of Cupertino our virtual Gold.