Your Voice, Your Solution for describing Rotary
Participants of the 2011 International Assembly in San Diego, California, USA, enjoy the International Fellowship Dinner and Dance. How do you best convey the meaning of fellowship
and other key Rotary concepts to newer members and nonmembers? Rotary Images/Monika Lozinska-Lee
C lub members can easily fall into the habit of using jargon when talking about Rotary.
While organization-specific language can be useful and descriptive to insiders, it can make it difficult for newer members and nonmembers to understand Rotary.
Take the following example. A club member voices concern that his friends think Rotary is all about having fun. They are interpreting the word fellowship to mean "friendship" rather than its meaning within Rotary: "a strong relationship built on friendship, professional respect, and working together to provide service."
How would you best convey the real meaning of fellowship within Rotary? How do you describe Rotary without using jargon?
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