Service above self-discussed in Rotary
The district governor of Rotary International spoke to the Maysville Rotary Club on Tuesday about the importance of service.
Michael Noftsger is the governor of District 6740, which represents 38 clubs across the state, including Maysville.
“There aren’t a lot of positive professionals teaching our kids,” he said. “As Rotary professionals, we should be an example. This is how we have to work in different professions, teach our children and be leaders. It is really a challenge this year that I have for you. We have to get on the plate. “
Noftsger said when he started attending the Rotary Club of Somerset he didn’t know what it was.
“It quickly became apparent that there was more than what appeared on the surface,” he said. “Sometimes I see people coming in every week and they’re really not involved in stuff. They are not really involved in the projects.
He also told the story of a trip to Guatemala with his son on a missionary trip.
“We went to Guatemala. There are countries that have a lot of poverty and this was one of them, ”he said. “Our church had sent out several groups over the years and one of the projects they had to do was wash children’s feet.”
According to Noftsger, he doesn’t like feet, but he chose to do the project when he arrived.
“It wasn’t with the church. It was a school trip, but they took us to the same village, ”he said. “There were several projects we could do while we were there. I hate feet, but I told them I’m going to wash my feet. It was unbelievable. These children… their feet were very dirty. Some of them had better shoes than others. But keep in mind that you are in this village where they live in poverty. I don’t know how many children’s feet I have washed, but I would do things like tickle their feet to make them laugh. My Spanish was very poor so we couldn’t really communicate.
Noftsger said it was a humbling experience.
“It was such an honor to do this,” he said. “It makes you think… Jesus washed people’s feet. Ultimately, as servants, this is something we are called to do. It just had such an awesome effect. It’s my challenge… that what we are doing right now is not enough.
Noftsger challenged Rotary members to become more involved in service.