Posted by Chad Copley

To be vulnerable with you, writing in a monthly newsletter as your Club President was not at the top of my list of responsibilities to look forward to.  So, I just decided to go with the flow each month and write about what was on my mind and in my heart at the time. There will be no sequence or specific items that will be addressed from month to month.

So, what is in my heart this month?  I am feeling blessed to be a part of Rotary because of the guiding principles of Rotary International. Clearly, the Four-Way Test is a primary guiding principle.  Directly from the rotary.org website is this leading paragraph… These principles have been developed over the years to provide Rotarians with a strong, common purpose and direction. They serve as a foundation for our relationships with each other and the action we take in the world.  

What if our businesses, our communities, our state or our country moved with a strong, common purpose and direction?  Wow, what could we accomplish?  What if we had a “foundation for our relationships” outside of our club just as we do within our club?  What if everyone who is not associated with Rotary, applied the Four-Way Test to all of the things they think, say or do?  

The blessing in being a part of Rotary, and specifically The Rotary Club of Ames,  is that we do come together as we put service above self.  We have enjoyed fellowship, awesome programs, local service projects, and global service together.  I believe we can set an example for the rest of the world and what better way to be an example than to invite others to be a part of our club?

Hopefully you all feel like I do when I see a fellow Rotarian, I feel like I can approach them and talk to them with the comfort of knowing we share a common purpose.  What a great feeling and a blessing! 

We are all experiencing challenges right now, but we are a strong Club and we will be celebrating 100 years of strength together this year.  Remember our common purpose and our foundation for our relationships.  Be Rotary Kind.

Chad Copley

Club President 2020 - 2021