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.
Let us be thankful for the power unlocked
by a brain decoding symbols.
The ability to read gives the ability
to advance beyond poverty,
to learn what those near you do not know,
to discover ideas that may be hidden,
to unleash your potential.
Let us be thankful for the literacy endeavours of Rotary,
for changing the world one decoded alphabet at a time.
Let us be thankful for our ability to read, and commit
to embracing literacy initiatives.
Let us provide the ability to change the world.
Each January offers a new slate
and we must write upon it.
Let us write truth.
Let us write fairness.
Let us write friendship.
Let us write solidarity.
Let us write peace.
Let us write joy.
Let us write thankfulness
for what we accomplish together.