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"A True Rotarian. Someone who is a person whose activities are a result of his personal goodwill and a  sense that the world will be a better place as a  result of his /her quiet work and effort in Rotary.
 
A person who conducts him/herself following the 4 Way Test, who is humble, does not flatter wealth, or boast of their own possessions or achievements.  This Rotarian speaks with frankness yet always with sincerity and sympathy. Deeds follow  words, and this Rotarian thinks of the rights and feelings of others and is a person with whom honour is sacred.  
 
The “True Rotarian” is the foundation of Rotary: always there, contributing to the current Rotary activity and by any Rotarian’s measure, is the lifeblood of Rotary."
 
Excerpt from speech to Rotary Club of Charlottetown Royalty—True Rotarian
 
If there is one thing that I have noted about my time in Rotary is that we have many Rotarians who do tremendous things and accomplish amazing things in the name of Service Above Self the vast majority of these Rotarians go about their business of Rotary Service quietly, do whatever they are asked in the name of Rotary and accomplish great things in our communities and  around the world, all without much fanfare.  These are folks I like to call True Rotarians.
 
The late Harry Mclaughlin, a charter member of my club, was  a gentleman who never sought a Rotary leadership role, who was very seldom in the limelight but was always there to live up to our Rotary Motto of Service Above Self. Harry died of a heart attack during one of our Rotary meetings.  Harry exemplified what I call a True Rotarian. Someone who is a person whose activities are a result of his personal goodwill and a  sense that the world will be a better place as a  result of his quiet work and effort in Rotary.
 
A person who conducts him/herself following the 4 Way Test, who is humble, does not flatter wealth, or boast of their own possessions or achievements.  This Rotarian speaks with frankness yet always with sincerity and sympathy. Deeds follow  words, and this Rotarian thinks of the rights and feelings of others and is a person with whom honour is sacred.  The “True Rotarian” is the foundation of Rotary: always there, contributing to the current Rotary activity and by any Rotarian’s measure, is the lifeblood of Rotary.
 
Harry’s favourite saying was “it’s a great day”  and that is exactly how he approached life and it’s challenges. And so today I say to you it’s a great day to be a Rotarian.
 
In Harry’s memory I have this year created the District 7820 True Rotarian Award which I am presenting to individuals throughout the district who the opinion of their fellow club members embrace the tenants of a True Rotarian in Service to their club, the community and the Rotary world.  
 
PDG Duncan Conrad