I have been in Rotary for over 20 years. I have asked this question of myself and by others many times over this time span. Thanks to a presentation by District Governor John Bushnell today I have a perfect answer. We can also thank Rotary International for assistance in this answer. So this is why I am a Rotarian: First it is a give back to our community through various projects our club does and most clubs do. This is called Service. The second is friendship. We are a group of like minded business people who enjoy each others company that is enduring. This is called Friendship. The third is what we have the power to do locally and around the world. We all contribute an amount, of our choosing, into various pots of money. This money is then compounded and leveraged by other money to where we have a huge impact here locally and around the world. A couple of examples; here in the Rogue Valley we generated $30 k for kids organizations that helps them lead good and productive lives. Globally our club has helped build hospitals, sanitation projects and water projects. We not only help them build the facilities but teach them how to then build and maintain their own. We enable people to be self sustaining and bettering themselves here and around the world. I do not have these kinds of resources myself but as a group of Rotarians we do and everyday we do good, it is absolutely amazing. This is call Leverage. I am in Rotary for Service, Friendship and Leverage.
We have gone full circle from wishing I had work to do in 2009, to working hard to satisfy all of our clients needs in a timely manner. It is nice to have a list again. With that said I am so grateful to have the abundance of work and people who work with me adding value to our clients. Reflecting back on this busy year we have worked through many challenges which make us stronger as a company.
One of our additions recently is having Mick Wyntergreen come on board. He has been working in the northwest corner of Oregon most recently. He brings fresh energy and ideas to our process. We often and quite easily get stuck in our ways of doing things. It is health to get shook up occasionally to review procedures and the validity of our work. Part of this process is the realization of different theories or philosophies we surveyors have in different regions within our state. Mick brings with him these theories he learned resulting in a healthy analysis of how we resolve questions of boundary resolution. This also results in validity of how we come to the resolutions we do and therefore adding even more value to our customers.
It has been an exciting year of 2015 and we look forward to an exciting and prosperous 2016.
All of the sayings about how fast time goes by no longer seem to be applicable. The pace of life has become indescribably fast as is evidenced by the fact that I have not written in this blog since October, there is a message here. It had been long enough that I had to dig through an old laptop to figure out how to get in here to write. It certainly leaves you with a feeling of inadequacy. However I have obviously triumphed all of these pearls because here I AM and writing.
The next challenge is to get focused enough to write something of importance. Our business continues to grow with the addition of Hec Morton to our staff at the beginning of the year. It is always daunting to add new people because it exposes all of your weaknesses. You believe that you are operating in a fashion of leaving the appropriate footsteps for others to follow behind you. When you add new people the realization that the footsteps you think you have are only in your mind. If they were transparent then others could easily follow and see how you got where you got. This is a constant struggle to ensure that your footsteps have a meaning to someone other than you. One element of footsteps is the flow of technology and its effects on the quality of our footsteps. We have added tracking software in the past year which also is exposing weaknesses within the system. Along the lines of technology flow, scanning has become a standard way in our office to make footsteps. It has improved so much so quickly that when I go looking for scanned of materials in our job folders that are only a few years back and there is nothing there. Then it hits me between the eyeballs, that the reason the data is not scanned was because the scanning technology did not even exist or was not available to us then!! If you do not like or accept change, get over it. If you do not accept change you will get rolled and not in a good way. Till next time.