Birth Announcement — the Rotary “Character Counts” opportunity!

So many of you have been following the progress of my latest book, "Character Counts: Bringing the Rotary Four-Way Test to Life."  I've been sharing progress along the way and have thoroughly enjoyed and appreciated your comments and feedback on the emails so far.

I've been telling you that I have some exciting news to share, and today is the day I want to let you in on what's coming up!  Below, please see the text of a Press Release announcing an opportunity for you to take part in bring the Rotary book...to life!  I'm launching a crowdfunding campaign through Indiegogo next week, but I didn't just want to spring in on everyone on the launch date -- I wanted to share my plans with you first.  Statistics show that successful campaigns get 20% or more of their funding in the first week after launch. I'm hoping the message of "Character Counts" resonates with you so that you'll take part in the campaign and become an active supporter of the "Rotary is Character" movement.

Because you are already a loyal supporter of the book's efforts, I thought I'd offer you a chance to preview the campaign. I've only sent this link out to a handful of people and the feedback has been very positive. A few folks have already inquired where the "donate" button is...it'll be there once I officially launch.

Here, then, is the  Indiegogo preview - Click on the image below and the preview should play. If not, you can access it here: https://www.indiegogo.com/project/preview/9316f074 

Note, this is ONLY the link to the preview. The actual campaign link will be available once we launch next Thursday, April 27.  The campaign will run for 45 days. As you'll see, there are a number of great "rewards" I am offering in exchange for your generous support at all levels. No amount is too small and I thank you in advance for your consideration. Feel free to share the preview link with others you think might be interested in knowing about the campaign and support the need for more information about Rotary, about character, about compassion in our society.

And, just for a show of hands, if you think you'll be willing to support the campaign, would you drop me an email just saying "I'm in?"

I want to thank you all in advance for your time, your thoughts, and your great support.  You have proven again and again that Rotary IS Character and Character COUNTS!

Now, for the press release...

 

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Rotary 4-Way Test: Don’t just recite it — live it

I had a meeting the other day with a gentleman I admire greatly.  He's really a super individual: smart, very business savvy, has a great heart for important causes and practices the art of service -- in other words, the ideal Rotarian.  I had originally met him at a Rotary club where I was speaking, so I had always believed he WAS a Rotarian.  Imainge my surprise when he told me he wasn't actually a Rotarian, but he had been made an honorary Rotarian because of his service to both the club and the community as a whole.

I found this quite surprising. When I asked him why he didn't become an actual Rotarian, his answer surprised me: he shared with me very frankly that, in his opinion, there were too many people in the club that, while they all talked about the importance of The 4-Way Test, they didn't really live it.

Now, this happened several days ago, but it stuck in my craw and has been bugging me ever since. I've had the same experiences myself, I have to admit, and it really troubles me when a fellow Rotarian behaves in a way that goes against the principles of The 4-Way Test. Especially when they act that way toward other Rotarians.

For those of you who may not be Rotarians but are reading this blog, let me quickly cite its four principles so you know what we're talking about.  In the 4-Way Test, we Rotarians are encouraged to consider...

In all we think, say or do…:

  • Is it the TRUTH?
  • Is it FAIR to all concerned?
  • Will it build GOODWILL and BETTER friendships?
  • Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?

Now, I've certainly discussed the individual meaning of the points of The 4-Way Test in other posts, so I don't plan to do that again here. Feel free to look those up if you want to explore its meaning and significance more deeply. What I do want to talk about is the importance of not only reciting it, but the importance of believing it and living it, if you are truly bought into the purpose and meaning of Rotary. (more…)

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…the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth? Really?

Raise your hand if you've ever been in court and have been sworn in as a witness.  Raise your hand now if you've ever been in court under any circumstances. Ok, raise your hand if you've ever SEEN a court hearing on TV? All hands should be up.

We are very familiar with this phrase and what it implies. The message is that what is said "in a court of law" is the truth.  If you don't tell the truth, you are guilty of what is called perjury and, if so, you are in trouble.  There are even many legal documents that have you sign "...under penalty of perjury..." which is to say that if you sign here, you are swearing, by your signature, that it's the truth.

And it is...often NOT the truth.

I like this topic, for various reasons.  First of all, because I am a truthful person.  I don't believe in lying, and I am offended when people lie to me.  It's as though they don't respect me as a person so they'd rather give me some malarkey rather than be honest with me.

Also, I'm a Rotarian.  We have a "code" that Rotarians live by called The 4-Way Test. The purpose of The 4-Way Test is to evaluate that "in all we think, say, and do..." we are holding ourselves to ethical and moral standards.  Being truthful and honest is so important to The 4-Way Test that it is statement #1:

Is it the TRUTH?

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