invocation for DG visit

Ralph Waldo Emerson said, “Our chief want is someone who will inspire us to be what we know we could be.”

Today we’re thankful for the district leaders of Rotary.  We’re thankful they’re willing to give their time and their talent, willing to risk, and willing to inspire each of us to become the best we can be.

We’re thankful for their sacrifices and their ingenuity.  We’re thankful for their experience and wisdom.

We’re thankful that Rotary brings together opportunities to improve our community and our world.

We’re thankful that we’re together today to share a meal, ready to learn and be inspired for another year service.

Thankful for Bill Jenkins, DG

of Rotary District 5060!


invocation for the charter meeting of Sun Peaks Rotary


We are gathered here to celebrate beginning

We are gathered here to chart our course for service

We are gathered here to consider what we’re bringing

We are gathered here to try what makes us nervous.

Like skiers at the top of a mountain,

we can only see the start of our course,

but we believe in these people around us,

we believe in Rotary’s worth.

Today, we are thankful for the service begun

by Sun Peaks Rotary Club’s charter members

We are thankful for opportunity to become

Rotary’s newest club, this 17th of September.

May we rise like a dawn chair lift.

May we serve with the fortitude of a lift operator at -20 degrees.

May we show the flexibility of a slalom racer.

May we stay tight like good bindings (and release, when we should)

May we be as welcoming as a hot tub after a long day.

May we never debate skiing versus boarding,

for in Rotary, both, like all professions, are worthy.

May we serve together in ski season and mountain bike season,

and may our club enjoy a perfect run!



(c) Shawn Bird 2017  Free use within Rotary, but please credit Shawn and record your use of this Invocation below.

Invocation for Dads

Invocation For Dads June 16, 2012

Our fathers are our first role models of what it is to be a man.

If we are blessed to have a good one driving our household mini van,

He shows us how a romantic partner should behave;

He demonstrates just how our children should be raised.

He shows us this without a word, by what he does each day,

So we’ll reflect his teaching as we go on about our way.

If we weren’t blessed to have our  father  there to show us what to do,

Let us be thankful there are men, who’ll gather us in, too.

In thanks for each man, standing by his family,

Who cares, provides,  corrects and loves, from those of us who see.


© Shawn L. Bird 2012  Free use within Rotary, though please indicate when and where you have used the invocation by leaving a comment below.  Thanks!

Invocation: Spring

While we wait

and wait

and 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.

New Member Invocation

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.