I decided that I’m not waiting any longer to wear some of my spring/summer dresses. I’m ready to wear color.
I just love this dress. I got it at Cato two years ago. I like wearing red. I had my picture take in it last year for the YWCA Women of Distinction photo shoot (I’m a 2010 WOD honoree so it brings good memories.) I accessorized it with everything red too. My shrug came from Torrid, my shoes are Isaac Mizrahi for Target and jewelry from various shops.
I’m also wearing a tiny pin on my sweater that reflects that I am part of a specific organization. It’s the reason I decided to dress up today.
I’m attending the Riverbend Rotaty mixer tonight at Mac’s Time Out Lounge in Alton. If you don’t know about rotary, let me tell you. It’s all about “service above self.”
Rotary International is the world’s first service club organization. It got its start in Chicago in1905.
The purpose of the organization is to bring together business and professional leaders to provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and help build goodwill and peace in the world. Today there are more than 1.2 million members in 33,000 clubs worldwide. Rotarians work locally, regionally and internationally to combat hunger, improve health and sanitation, provide education and job training, promote peace, and eradicate polio under the the organization’s motto – Service Above Self.
It’s only been in the past 30 years that women have been allowed to become Rotarians. In 1976, a California club admitted three women, however the RI revoked the club’s charter. The club took RI to court and in 1987, the United States Supreme Court agreed with a lower court’s decision that that the ban of women was discriminatory. Soon after Rotary removed the ban and clubs around the world allowed women to join as members.
The first female club president to be elected was Silvia Whitlock of the Rotary Club of Duarte, California in 1987. She’s from the club that brought the suit that ended the practice of banning women.
However, RI got to the point of allowing women to join I’m thankful. It’s been nearly a year since I joined the Riverbend Rotary, which is the area’s newest club, and our first president happens to be a female -Angela Braida- Adams. I am and will forever be a charter member of Riverbend Rotary. What I’m most looking forward to this year is attending the International Convention in New Orleans in May. (Bill Gates is speaking.)
The convention is the first International one to be held since Hurricane Katrina and the last one Rotary will host in the United States for at least five years.
I’ve been to New Orleans. Actually I was there the spring the same year that Katrina struck. I’ve not been back to see the city since and I’m looking forward to returning to the southern city.
I enjoy Rotary. I enjoy helping others and volunteering my time in a variety of areas. Through the years I’ve donated my time to helping others. During the past year Riverbend Rotary has worked toward raising funds – sold pies at Alton Farmer’s Market, sold salsa, held a trivia night and etc. – so that it can create scholarships as well as help out local non-profit organizations.
If interested in becoming a member, feel free to visit our weekly meeting a noon on Thursdays at Mac’s. Also, visit Rotary International for more information or to find a club near you.
So why do I volunteer? I feel good about giving back to the community and really volunteerism is never out of fashion. There are hundreds of organizations that can use help and you can find something to volunteer your time that suits your lifestyle as well. For the fourth year in a row I will be volunteering at Community Hope Center’s Reflection of Style Fashion Show. It’s about helping out, but doing so in an environment I know I will have fun.
Do you volunteer your time? What organizations do you help out?