Why Would Your Road Lead to Rotary?

On the left you will see a link giving twenty reasons why people want to become Rotarians, but these reasons don’t really reveal the full story. Becoming a Rotarian is actually a natural result of walking down the road of self-discovery in life.

That road is not too hard to describe.  It starts with our needs as humans.  More than likely, there will come a point in your life when you will ask yourself, “What do I really need/want”? Most people obviously want to take care of themselves and their families first. But, the truth is that food doesn’t cost that much; fewer than 1 in 100,000 Americans will ever die of starvation in the United States.

Once your own survival concerns have been taken care of, you will perhaps then ask yourself “what else do *I* want?” Most people want to adhere to the Golden Rule, to treat others as you would like to be treated. For this reason, most people want to help others in this vast world.

Do you? If so, how?  Perhaps that's the harder question.

You can try to help others yourself, alone, if you want. But, most likely, you will run into problems. For example, if you try to give away food to the homeless, you will soon discover, as the above statistic bears out, that many homeless are not actually hungry, and that some nearby homeless shelters are also already doing this.  Do you already have a Rolodex of contacts involved in programs for feeding the homeless?  Most likely, you’ll waste time reinventing the wheel, since others have already tried to do this simple task of helping others. You’ll actually be stepping on their toes, at least to some extent.

There is a principle of economics called economies of scale. Basically, it implies that it is more efficient for people with similar goals to work together. That’s why it is easier and more efficient to join a group with this common goal of helping others, a group that already paved the way for you. This is largely why service organizations like Rotary exist.