It seems that today we are so busy between work, school, family, church, after school activities, television, exercise, shopping, ect. that it is hard to find the time for anything else, much less being involved in your own community. Despite living in such a populated area, we often don’t get to know most of the people living around us. Service organizations have their social benefits where you get to meet and work with people you may have never normally run into from all walks of life. Another benefit is that you get to help those around you. It may be as simple as serving a meal, manning a booth, a conversation or paying your yearly dues. These activities enrich the lives of all involved.
5 Reasons to Join a Service Club
- Networking. Although your primary motivation for joining shouldn’t be selfish, I’ve discovered a group of people who know me and share my values. They’ve been invaluable in helping grow my business by giving me referrals.
- Building my resume. Although I haven’t changed jobs a lot, potential employers like to see I’m involved in more than just work. It shows initiative and a willingness to expand my professional relationships and strengthen my leadership skills.
- Making new friends. Some of my closest friends are also my Rotary buddies. There’s something about seeing each other every week over breakfast, and working alongside each other that builds lasting relationships.
- It just feels good. Our club is involved in many community service projects. We deliver dictionaries to third grade students in our school district, we gather litter and trash along the American River Parkway, we help elderly harvest fruit from their trees, and we donate some of the fruit to the local food locker. We recently took up a collection to buy a bike for our weekly breakfast server so she could ride to school.
- It’s fun. Service clubs like to party! Crab feeds, spaghetti dinners, pancake breakfasts, or club trips, each is an excuse to let down and enjoy.