“Service Above Self”

rotaryI am sure that we have all experienced that networking can be a fundamental contributor to the lasting success of our careers. Over the years, I have realized the diverse networking opportunities that New Hampshire has in store for us. At first I viewed networking as the formal Toastmasters event where you dress to impress and talk business. While these types of networking events can be highly valuable, I have found for myself, that there is another style of networking.

NEDSNew Hampshire is filled with opportunities that can align perfectly with your individual interests and values. I love to ski, get adventurous, and help people at the same time so volunteering atNew England Disabled Sports has been a perfect fit. The other volunteers are local business owners, New England attorneys, doctors, businessmen, etc that drive north for a weekend adventure. The casual conversation and genuine interest during our time together makes each day fly by and the outdoor adventure that much more fun.

One of the newest organizations that I have found valuable is Rotary. Rotary began in 1905 as a men only club. In the late 1900’s, Rotary evolved to a co-ed club. The core values and motto of Rotary International is “Service Above Self” and they view any endeavor using a “four way test”:

The Rotary Four Way Test
By Darrell Thompson

  1. Is it the TRUTH?
  2. Is it FAIR to all concerned?
  4. Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?

Rotary International is the mother ship of all local Rotary clubs. I was inducted into the Lincoln-Woodstock Rotary Club last month as the youngest member, bringing the average age down 10 years (or so)!

guysI learned about Rotary during the Hurricane Sandy Relief Trip that my company sponsored a few months ago. Rotary also consists of local business owners and genuine people who just want to help others. From a networking perspective, you have your local club networking opportunities, but also, for example, if you are going on a business trip to another city, state, or even country, you can join one of their Rotary meetings and be welcomed with open arms (now if that’s not effective networking, I don’t know what is)! You can pitch this new group of genuine professionals with who you are, where you’re from, what you do, and what your Rotary Club is actively doing so that you don’t sound too salesy.

Since I joined Rotary last month, we have sent 15 members to Belize in aid of schools and hospitals, hosted a local ski race fundraiser, helped organize the annual “Winni Dip” and “Penguin Plunge” fundraiser, and much more!






One of my favorite endeavors with Rotary this month has been the brewing of our very own “Fellowship Brew” to be distributed with the Woodstock Station microbrews around New England. We brewed our very own beer with a customized label. It has been a very exciting process and all proceeds of the “Fellowship Brew” sales will go directly to our “Service Above Self” undertakings. We will be launching our brew on Saturday with a beer and food-pairing event at the Woodstock Station. All of the Rotary and NEDS experiences that I’ve had have been very rewarding, educational and valuable.