Four and a half years ago, I joined the Rotary Club of Encinitas.  While there are so many associations that people could choose to be a part of, I specifically decided on rotary because of their commitment to service.   This journey started for me, with learning about Rotary’s Motto THE 4-WAY TEST which goes like this.
 
"Of the things we think, say or do:
1. Is it the TRUTH?
2. Is it FAIR to all concerned?
3. Will it build GOODWILL and BETTER FRIENDSHIPS?
4. Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?"
 
My passion and purpose have always been community driven, and it’s been incredible to experience membership in this club. This introduction into Rotary is what led me to continue to attend week after week- and build friendships and community on the foundation of service.
 
Our club here in Encinitas was chartered in 1939, in my opinion truly excels in combining the selfless elements of community service with a true sense of family.
 
Encinitas Rotary Club gives back to the community while providing services to make the world a better place for all.
One of the many lessons I’ve learned is that we can make a difference when we pool resources and work together. 
Helping our community is at the core of every member. 
 
The Object of Rotary is to encourage and foster the ideal of service as a basis of worthy enterprise through 4 avenues of service.  
1.    Club Service - activities for Rotarians within the club
2.    Vocational Service - opportunity to represent the dignity and utility of one's vocation to the other members of the club
3.    Community Service - activities Rotarians undertake to improve the quality of life in their community which involves assistance to youth, the aged, handicapped and others who look to Rotary as a source of hope for a better life.
4.    International Service - programs and activities which Rotarians undertake to meet humanitarian needs of people in many lands
 
I never thought I would step into a leadership role with the organization, and it’s been incredibly fulfilling.  Our Rotary meetings are an intersection of service, community, and business – the meetings are noisy, energetic and a ton of fun! Each week feels like a reunion, and we have become a great big family. After all we are proclaimed to be the “Animal House of Rotary”.
 
I personally invite you to be our guest one Wednesday at noon so you can join the fun, camaraderie, and passion to serve above self. 
 
Yours in service, 
Sherry Yardley