Why we ask you to be involved, not just attend

Chinese ru character for Confucianism.
Chinese ru character for Confucianism.

There actually is a reason we try to get our club members involved in at least some aspect of what we do as a service organization — fundraisers, program assignments, committee work, member recruitment, etc. — rather than limiting themselves to thinking of Rotary only as a weekly dinner club.

These Chinese characters —

不闻不若闻之,闻之不若见之;见之不若知之,知之不若行之;学至于行而止矣。

— translate from the writings of the Confucian philosopher Xun Zi (circa 312–230 B.C.) to say:

Tell me and I will forget.

Show me and I may remember.

Involve me and I will understand.

That is why we ask you to “Be a Rotarian,” not just “a member of Rotary.”


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