Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Cycle to Serve - A Rotary Fellowship

CYCLING to SERVE... a Rotary Fellowship. Are you connected to this group? Learn new ways to serve and give back to your community and the world,  through international cycling.

In 2012 there will be a  4 day ride in Belgium.... go check out the details. See thier 2011 Newsletter to find out more.

Find out more too, about our Coup de Cascades... a Rotary cycling event here in Redmond, Wa.  This year's dates are AUG 18th & 19th 2012. Join us and sign up now.... for a RACE or a RIDE....  www.CoupdeCascades.org   Contact: Kelly Kyle for more details. info@RedmondRousersRotary.org

What's Bigger than you? - by Scott Bell

What's bigger than you?... The house...the company...the family...the world. Lot's of things are bigger than you. One of those "things" is the ability of a group of people to change the world.

We have a lot of people speak to our club in the Redmond Rousers Rotary. One very memorable speaker, for me, was a man named Monty Reed, who had lead an active early life, and then been in an accident that left him crippled. Sure, he got depressesed for a moment or two. Then he got inspired & he invented a suit that would allow him to walk again. He built it and even built a company around it. He did physical therapy and regained the ability to walk. He now speakes and networks gathering momentum to take his suit to the 3rd world countries where it can help the disabled walk.

Oh, and we laugh at meetings too. Motivator, giving, laughter, community. That's ROTARY for me.
By - Scott Bell - Media Design Seattle, owner  scott@designmediaseattle.com

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Use your job to change the world

 
By Dan Bross, Senior Director of Corporate Citizenship, Microsoft Corporation

Here’s a question:
The greatest way to change the world is… ?
Last evening here in Portland, Oregon, KPMG’s Global Head of Citizenship and Diversity posed that question to more than 2,600 of the next generation of leaders attending Net Impact’s 19th annual conference.The answer was simple – overcome cynicism.

From Wall Street, to Main Street, from the halls of academia to the halls of Congress, from corporate board rooms to everyone’s living room, we have become a nation - and sadly a world - of cynics. And many of us believe with good reason. Rather than continue down that dark and depressing path, let me share an alternative route provided by Liz Maw, Net Impact’s Executive Director to the Net Impact Board during our meeting yesterday.

It is estimated that workers in the US spend 250 billion hours working each year. Imagine if just 2% of those work hours were used to address a purpose – a social issue or a cause. That would translate into 4 to 5 billion hours of social change work each year and that’s just here in the US. I am not talking about volunteer time. I am not talking about taking time off from your job. I am talking about doing your job. I am talking about meeting your responsibilities, being accountable; meeting and exceeding your commitments but also taking a moment to look at your job through a wider more empowering and more responsible lens.

We should think about the small things. How about less printing or printing on both sides of the paper; recycling your coffee cup; using Skype rather than taking that flight – the list goes on. But I am also talking about the big things. A software engineer developing an application for Windows Phone to measure the carbon foot print of our homes; a HR professional helping employees chart career paths that meet the needs of the corporation while increasing the employees sense of purpose through their job; a privacy attorney working in partnership with governments, advocates, and companies to protect free expression on line, the list goes on.

How many times have we heard friends say, “my job is fine but it is just a job, I’d like to do more. I would like to make a difference.”? Well I believe that we can and we should do more. Each of us has the opportunity each and every day. We just need to think differently. We need to look at our jobs differently. We need to look at our jobs and our companies as agents of social change.
One small step we have taken at Microsoft is by forming the first Net Impact corporate chapter. We are now over 275 Microsoft employees strong and growing. The Microsoft Net Impact members have identified internal projects and are moving ahead in using the power of business to make social change.

I am incredibly proud to be a member of the Net Impact Board, I am proud to be a member of the Microsoft Net Impact chapter, and I am proud to work for a company like Microsoft that embraces the premise that business can be an agent of social change. The greatest way to change the world is to overcome cynicism – making that happen is up to each of us!

There are great ways to give back in our community....ROTARY is one of those ways. For more information, please email us at info@redmondrousersrotary.org  or call 425-765-5433

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