Posted by Louisa Horne
It’s important to have a good response to the questions that you receive when someone in the grocery store asks about your pin or the logo on your jacket. 
What do you say?  What is your “elevator speech” response?
Do you start with something like – “Rotary is a large service organization with 1.2 million members around the world who meet for lunch every week and do local and international projects….”
Or, do you start with an opening statement like these?
  • Rotary gives me the opportunity to develop professionally, gain world understanding, and make lifelong friendships – all while volunteering to improve lives and bring lasting, positive change to communities.
  • Rotary is where my passion for making a difference in our community and around the world can come alive.  It’s where I can meet like-minded people who want to take action to address some of the world’s biggest challenges – clean water, peace, illiteracy and more!
  • Rotary is where I share ideas with neighbors, friends, and problem-solvers, join leaders, and take action to create lasting change.Rotary is where I can pour passion, integrity, and intelligence into completing projects that have a lasting impact. We persevere until we deliver real, lasting solutions.
  • Rotary gives me the opportunity to bridge cultures and connect continents to champion peace, fight illiteracy and poverty, promote clean water and sanitation, and fight disease.
  • Rotarians believe that we have a shared responsibility to take action on our world’s most persistent issues.  We work together to promote peace, fight disease, provide clean water, sanitation, and hygiene, save mothers and children, support education and grow local economies.
  • Rotary is the world's oldest and most important service organization.  It provides clean water to those without it, feeds the hungry, battles crippling, debilitating and disfiguring diseases and helps people learn to read and write so they can compete in the modern workplace.
  • Rotary brings together people who step forward — leaders — who take on important issues for local communities everywhere.
  • Rotary connects business and community leaders who discover and celebrate diverse perspectives to create positive change in our communities.
  • Rotary is made up of people around the world working together to clean the environment, end polio, improve our communities, and accomplish many extraordinary things every single day.

CONTEST – what do you say?  Submit your favourite answer by March 15th to be entered into a draw to win a prize! 
Responses will be shared to inspire others.