Posted by Matt Risi
As we consider membership in Rotary, there is a quote by Howard Zinn, playwright, historian and social activist that comes to mind and of which, I believe has relevancy to Rotary and this year's theme: Be the Inspiration.
"I would encourage people to look around them in their community and find an organization that is doing something that they believe in, even if that organization has five people, ten people, or twenty people, or a hundred people.  And to look at history and understand that when change takes place. it takes place as a result of large numbers of people doing little things unbeknownst to one another. And, that history is very important for people to not get discouraged.  History is instructive.  And, what it suggests to people is that even if they do little things, if they walk on the picket line, if they join a vigil, if they write a letter to their local newspaper - anything they do, however small, becomes part of a much, much larger sort of flow of energy.  And, when enough people do enough things, however small they are, then change takes place".