My First Rotary

Chuck McHugh from the Caldwell Rotary called me a few months ago and asked me to speak to their club on April 17.  I left my house around 10:30 and drove thirty miles to 10th and Logan in downtown Caldwell.  I had not been to this area for quite some time and it fit well with my theme of expanding horizons.  I truly believe that the only way to grow is to step out of comfort zones and lean over the edge.  Well, my trip to Chuck’s club certainly fit the mold.  My early arrival allowed extra time to meet some very interesting people including a College of Idaho professor, a local doctor, and a store owner.  This was a very appreciative crowd that had a nice appetite for knowledge about the Camino de Santiago.

The meeting began with a nice rendition of My Country Tis of Thee followed by a pledge of allegiance to the flag.  We dined on fried fish fillets, waffle fries, green salad, and a vegetable medley.  A local reporter from the Idaho Press Tribune was on the scene to report on the function of service clubs.  He interviewed a few folks then strolled around the room taking random photos.  The first item of business was to collect “happy bucks” from the members that had violated the rules.  The infractions ranged from forgetting the club pin to promoting a business.  One member gave a ten second business pitch then pulled out his wallet and contributed ten happy bucks to the kitty.  His smirk was priceless.  They also promoted a local fishing derby that will take place in the future.

At that point, they gave me the floor for about 35 minutes to hear my speech about the trip through Spain.  By the end of the hour, I accomplished my mission by touching a few souls.  Every time I give this speech, it seems to open a new door.  When I returned to my home, there was an invitation to speak at the Southwest District Health facility on May 31.  I gladly accepted the invitation and am looking forward to that day!

My first Rotary was a blast and I am hoping to speak at all of the clubs in this area.