While we wait
impatiently for the weather to turn,
let us think spring thoughts.
Let us think about our President-Elect preparing to take the reins of our club.
Let us think about our club goals and the role each of us plays to make the world
a better place through our involvement in Rotary.
Let us think about opportunities to serve in new ways.
Let us be thankful for the food and the friends around this table.
Let us be thankful that spring will come
(c) Shawn Bird. Free use within Rotary, but please credit the author and leave a note to say where and when you used it.
In times of fear and panic,
Let us be a force of calm.
Let those who are trembling,
find us safe to lean upon.
May we be the voice of reason.
May we comfort the oppressed.
May we show our compassion
to those who’re most distressed.
Free for use in Rotary Clubs. Please credit Shawn Bird of Shuswap Rotary (5060 BC Canada) when you use it, and leave a note in the comments below so folks know where it’s been used. Thanks.
We are thankful.
We appreciate the hands of those who prepared our meal,
each farmer, rancher, chef, and server has done us service
to provide fuel for our future work together.
Gathered here today around these tables we embrace our future.
We are like-minded.
In our desire to serve here at home and around the world,
we welcome you (or insert new member’s name) to join your hands to ours in service above self,
to add your gifts to empower our club’s future,
to strengthen our work,
to benefit our community,
to share in our laughter,
to help bring change
to the world.
Let us give thanks for new friends.
February 2016 is Peace and Conflict Prevention/Resolution Month in Rotary.
conflict is inevitable
but so is peace.
Rotarians are able
to provide relief.
there can be resolution
as each of us makes
our own contribution
we can help conflict
(2016) Shawn Bird.
For free use within Rotary, but please credit me, and leave a note so we know where the invocation was used.
February is a time for warm hearts
To welcome peace and set a part
a portion of our love and grace,
thankful for this special place,
thankful for those gathered here,
thankful for Rotary work, far and near.
(c) Shawn Bird 2016 Free use with Rotary. Please credit Shawn when you share this in your club; as well, please leave a comment to let us know your club and when you intend to use it. With thanks.
At this Thanksgiving, let us ponder the words of Swiss philosopher Henri Frederic Amiel: “Thankfulness is the beginning of gratitude. Gratitude is the completion of thankfulness. Thankfulness may consist merely of words. Gratitude is shown in acts.”
May our acts as Rotarians demonstrate our gratitude for our blessings. For friendship, for health, for work, for opportunities to gather together, enjoy a meal, and change our community for the better.
(c) Shawn Bird 2011 Free use with Rotary. Please credit Shawn when you share this in your club; as well, please leave a comment to let us know your club and when you intend to use it. With thanks.
Service happens in laughter and friendship.
Service happens in quiet conviction.
Service happens with firm intention.
Service happens in growing kinship
to all humanity in attention.
to Service Above Self.