Helen Keller
Many persons have a wrong idea of what constitutes true happiness. It is not attained through self-gratification but through fidelity to a worthy purpose.

Rotarians lend a hand in the final stages of Serenity House

Rotarians lend a hand in the final stages of Serenity House

One thing I have noticed when working with various non-profits in San Felipe is that they almost all share at least one common benefactor, the Rotary Club of San Felipe.  Last Christmas they were there with Christmas baskets for the elderly.  In the Spring they were there with help for the Cancer Society. They were there with help for the Better Together eye surgery program and Bag Ladies fresh foods deliveries.  Is there a need for scholarships?  They do that too. It seems like they are always there when there is a need here in San Felipe or world-wide.

Rotary Interact Youth from Sonora, AZ and San Felipe work together to give the VSL thrift shop and food bank a new look.

Rotary Interact Youth from Sonora, AZ and San Felipe work together to give the VSL thrift shop and food bank a new look.

The Rotarians contribute cash when there is a need for cash but their good works do not stop with monetary donations.  They work with the young people of the community, mentoring through the Rotary Interact Club, teaching and leading them by example as they get involved and lend a hand to all the other organizations.  They and their state-side cohorts are not afraid to get down and dirty either.  They haul out paint brushes or tool belts as needed and participate in building projects and make-overs.  The Rotarians will tackle anything from building a playground from the ground up to putting together a tamale festival to give the local people an opportunity to earn their own funding.  They see a need and look for a solution.

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Rotarians helped launch the San Felipe United for Education Foundation

If you go the website of their International Headquarters you will find the root of all this do-gooding.  The Rotarians ask themselves: “What would it take to change the world?” Rotary’s 1.2 million members believe it starts with a commitment to Service Above Self.

Just before leaving San Felipe this summer we were invited to a regular Monday breakfast meeting of the local Rotary Club, they presented Volunteers Without Limits with a $600 check for nutritional supplements and food.  At the end of their meeting they closed with a list of guidelines that impressed me.  I contacted Teresa Smith the current club president to refresh my memory and learned that these principles are called The Four Way Test.  They are:

 

1. Is it the TRUTH?
2. Is it FAIR to all Concerned?
3. Will it build GOODWILL and BETTER FRIENDSHIPS?
4. Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?

 

Click anywhere on one of the four items to learn more about the history of this test and the Rotarians.  If you are looking for a way to be of service to your community, this just may be the organization you are looking for.