Thanksgiving invocation

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.

Invocation for Literacy

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.


Rotary Invocation- writing

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.

It’s still winter invocation

It’s still winter and as we battle ice and snow

may we be thankful for the opportunity to know

humanitarians, philanthropists, and innovators

to be  wonderful new world generators.

Let us work to keep the elimination of polio

and achieving world peace in our portfolio.

Let us be thankful for our meal, and that despite the weather,

that we are Rotarians here together.

invocation for the new year

As the calendar turns

and another new year begins

Let us be thankful for our Rotary friends

and the changes our service can bring.

Let us rise to the challenges given

Let us aim to give more to the cause

Let us continue to make the world better

Even if no one gives us applause.