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Organizational and Leadership Lessons from Rotary

Each day brings me closer to taking the gavel and becoming the next President of the Rotary Club of Canton. I am honored to serve the Club in such capacity.

As that first Tuesday in July draws near, I am already facing a barrage of decisions that will set the course for the arriving Rotary Year. This is no small feat as Rotary does so much good around the world and the Canton Club, in particular, is known as a trailblazing Club around the State and Rotary District 6910

There will be more about the Rotary Club of Canton in later posts. But, what I would like to share for now are three potent observations that have grabbed my attention as a current President-Elect. 
  1. Rotary Puts Others First. Rotary's mantra is "Service Above Self." That means putting the needs, deficiencies, and handicaps of others above your own. 
  2. Rotary is Highly Organized. Rotary International expects incoming Club Presidents to align their goals with the expectations set forth by Rotary International, the Club's respective District Governor, and individual Club goals. This also entails appointing a solid and trustworthy leadership team and adequate budgeting to achieve goals.
  3. Rotary Encourages Collaboration. The demands of a Club President can be tiring, but in Rotary, no one is ever alone. Rotary Clubs are structured so that Presidents have plenty of support in making decisions, achieving goals, and keeping track of matters that can easily fall through the cracks.
These observations are not limited to Rotary. They are applicable in any organization, for any team, and in any endeavor. These realities have always been around, but sometimes it takes a new and unique experience to bring ancient information to light.

I hope you find these observations helpful!


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