By William D. Pollard, Jr., Rotary Club of Churchland, Portsmouth, Virginia, USA
I joined Rotary in 1988 at the age of 25. Whenever I think of why we should invite someone to join Rotary, I think of Tommy.
Two years after starting a banking career in Richmond, Virginia, I was asked to work in my hometown of Petersburg. One of the first people to visit me was Tommy Adkins, a retired banker, who asked me to attend a Rotary club meeting. Tommy lived on the same street as my family when I was growing up, and I even delivered his newspaper.
I had no idea what Rotary was, but I accepted Tommy’s kind invitation to visit the Rotary Club of Petersburg. Tommy passed away several years ago and he probably never realized the impact he had on my professional and personal life.
- Because of Tommy, I have made so many wonderful friendships with Rotarians throughout the world.
- Because of Tommy, I have participated in many service projects helping others.
- Because of Tommy, I have lived my life more ethically as I look to The Four Way Test.
- Because of Tommy, I have had the satisfaction of financially supporting the life-changing work of The Rotary Foundation.
- Because of Tommy, my mother is a Rotarian.
- Because of Tommy, I have enhanced my leaderships skills serving as a club president, district governor, district Foundation chair, and in many other club and district roles.
- Because of Tommy, I am helping Light Up Rotary this year.
So my three questions to you are:
- Who is your Tommy?
- What impact has Rotary had on your life?
- Have you been or will you be a Tommy to someone else?
Join our global celebration of membership during the month of August. Post a photo of your club in action on Facebook, Twitter, Vine, or Instagram using the hashtag #WeAreRotary and show how Rotary makes a positive impact in the world. You can also signup for the webinar, Membership: It’s Now or Never, and discover more ways to celebrate this month.