Posted by Brian Dieter

I had a chance earlier this week to attend a symposium on diversity and inclusion, produced by the Ames Chamber of Commerce, Iowa State University and the Ames Human Rights Commission.  The turnout was fantastic, as was the event itself.

It made me think about our Rotary guiding principles and how they support diversity and inclusion.  As a refresher:

The Object of Rotary is to encourage and foster the ideal of service as a basis of worthy enterprise and, in particular, to encourage and foster:

  *   FIRST: The development of acquaintance as an opportunity for service;
  *   SECOND: High ethical standards in business and professions; the recognition of the worthiness of all useful occupations; and the dignifying of each Rotarian’s occupation as an opportunity to serve society;
  *   THIRD: The application of the ideal of service in each Rotarian’s personal, business, and community life;
  *   FOURTH: The advancement of international understanding, goodwill, and peace through a world fellowship of business and professional persons united in the ideal of service.

So my question to you as a Rotarian- does your participation as a member of Rotary further your ability to advance these ideals?

At each Rotary meeting we close with the four-way test. The first of the questions, of course is “Is it the truth?”  A speaker asked us to consider questions when evaluating a piece of knowledge.  The first was “Do I think this, or do I know it?”  Do we stop looking when we find the answer we were seeking?  Do we search for information that would prove our facts (or “truths”) are not correct?  What is it we know to be true that is either untrue, outdated or an obstacle in our further understanding?

I was energized by the turnout for this first symposium and by the fact that planning is already underway for the second annual meeting.  Speaking of turnout, we have an election this year- you may have heard.  If you haven’t already cast your ballot, here’s a reminder to do so.  Tuesday November 6 is Election Day.


Brian Dieter

Club President 2018 - 2019