Thomas R. Mendez

What is Rotary?

Below, I have included 3 examples, 2 videos and 1 article, that for me really demonstrate the breadth of Rotary projects and the size of the Rotarian heart.  The first is a video describing Rotary from Rotary International, followed by an article from the Rotarian magazine, and finally a video about my home District 5890 joining hands with German Rotarians at the Leipzig Rotary Peace Convention.

This is Rotary

For those of you unfamiliar with Rotary, and even those who are, you must watch the following video if you haven't already seen it.  I have not seen a more succinct and touching explanation of what Rotary is.

Service Above Self

Charlie & Tommie Buscemi, of the Rotary Club of Kingwood, are two of the best examples of the Rotary motto "Service Above Self." This duo as my sponsor couple (because they come as a package) worked to show me what Rotary was through various occasions and events, DVDs, pamphlets, and much more.  Their giving nature and seemingly endless supply of energy for Rotary events and projects gave me the first taste of what it means to be a member of the Rotary family and to truly put service about self.

Tommie is always sending me information about events coming up and random Rotary information that she knows might interest me.  One story she sent me gave me goosebumps when I read it.  I am including it here as a non-American perspective.  It so happens, as well, that the author, Gustavo Giay, is an Argentine Rotarian.  Perhaps I'll have the opportunity to meet him while I am in Buenos Aires.
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Building Goodwill & Better Friendships

Please see the video below, which describes the District 5890 trip to the Leipzig, Germany  Rotary Peace Convention to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Monday Marches, which served as catalysts for the fall of the Berlin Wall and the reunification of Germany.

The video was created by my fellow Rotaractor and UST alum Cimela Kidonakis who's company, Optix Studios, creates some very creative and professional video work.  The video was on the Rotary International website for quite awhile.