1. Why did I join Rotary? I knew something about Rotary because my father was a Rotarian, pres. of his small NC club at one time, and seemed to get much out of it. He suggested that I should one day join for the fun, fellowship, and good work that the organization does. When I moved here from Wisconsin to teach at the USNA, I was asked to speak at a Rotary meeting about some economic topic (which I forget). Later, Bill Smedley, a USNA colleague invited me to attend a meeting and said that he would be delighted to sponsor me for membership if I were interested at that time, or at some time in the future. A few years after that I told Bill I would be honored if he would put my name forward because overtime I had come to know more of the members and was very impressed with their character and eminence within the community. I joined in 1982.
2. When did I really become a member; when was the "WOW" moment? Well, after being a member for a few years, I was asked if I would serve the club as Secretary and be a member of the Board, which I did. That was a major, major step up. It was when I really got to know the members of the Club, all of them, and I was filled with respect and admiration for their dedication and commitment to the goals of Rotary. Being President a few years later was even more revealing for I saw how reliable Rotarians can be, particularly when an officer is in a crunch and must have help in order to move forward. But, the absolute really WOW-WOW moment for me came when I attended my first Rotary International Convention in Calgary, Canada, in the mid '90's, and another shortly after in Glasgow, Scotland. I was amazed and stunned by what Rotary was accomplishing for humanity worldwide. To put it mildly, I was blown away and was impressed by how little I was doing, but how much all of us working together could get done in order to make life better for others.
3. Why do I stay a member of Rotary? See answer 2 above. How could you not be a Rotarian? In addition to all that, my wife and I have had wonderful experiences abroad within the Rotary context. While living in England for an extended time we continued our relationship with the local club there and had a whole new set of fabulous friends. On another occasion we went on a Rotary Family Exchange to Denmark for two weeks along with others from this District, and this turned out to be another eye-opener about the quality of Rotarians worldwide. Shortly after that exchange, Rotary families from the Danish District came for a visit with us in our District---wonderful. I could only wish that every Rotary member could share the joy that I have had in Rotary. Rotarians are very lovable people. I hope to stay a member forever.