On behalf of the Rotary Club of Woodside/Portola Valley and all its members, I would like to welcome you to this, the 9th annual Taste of Woodside and to thank you for being with us.
As you know, the driving force of Rotary is ’Service Above Self' This theme was adopted in 1950 and has endured for over 60 years. “Service Above Self” has inspired Rotarians around the world to help change, enhance and even save lives and communities – either as individuals or, in our case, as a small club.
Imagine improving the education of our youngest and most vulnerable, providing clean water and proper sanitation where before there was none, stocking libraries with the basic tools of learning, providing the financial means for the best and brightest to rise above poverty, enhancing neighborhoods, supporting those who serve us so nobly, saving lives in regions of the world where hope is buried under the debris of natural disaster; imagine stimulating youth and rewarding perseverance and determination. Imagine playing a small part in all of this; imagine that not all of our Rotary Club influence and help goes to far flung places and communities across the world; places like Guatemala or India or Palestine or Haiti. Imagine it is just down the street, in the next town or county; in places like Redwood City, Palo Alto, Half Moon Bay, East Palo Alto and right here in Woodside. Because these are also the places where this small, dynamic Rotary Club of Woodside/Portola Valley makes a difference every day! They are just as important.
But without your help and your dedication and support, we are powerless to make good things happen. Because the funds so critical to the success of all our projects come from the success of Taste of Woodside.
Of course Rotary is receiving help from outside our own community and membership. Massive donations from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation for instance, have helped Rotary International virtually eradicate polio from the face of the earth - something every Rotarian everywhere can be proud of. But Rotary does more! The fight against HIV/AIDS goes on, the needs of the hungry must be met; giving aid to those desperate for shelter, clean water, sanitation, literacy and helping to alleviate pain and suffering for the less fortunate people in the world are all within the grasp of Rotary’s helping hands.
I invite you to join us for breakfast one Wednesday in the near future, to hear marvelous speakers, to enjoy stimulating fellowship and to become a part of this movement of global understanding and local community. We need your hands and your hearts, your ideas and your enthusiasm. We need your commitment to 'Service above Self.' The people that Rotary can help need you.
For more information about Rotary International please visit www.Rotary.org or visit our club website at www.WPVRotary.org. I hope to see you at breakfast at 7:30 AM any Wednesday, in the social hall of Woodside Village Church, 3154 Woodside Road, Woodside.
And thanks again for supporting our club.
Rotary Club of Woodside/Portola Valley, California