There comes a time for each Rotarian who is sent
To provide some service – ah a Rotary moment.!
The service is always our special goal
The project really is, a Rotarian's role
For me it could have been a Mexican site
For a cataract clinic to erase a blight
To remove the cataracts to let in the light.
The happiness they felt to be able to see
Was certainly a real joy to me.
Or it could have been a visit to a club in Brazil
Whose aid certainly helped us fulfill
Getting wheelchairs to people there
A sign that Rotary really does care.
Our club, Santa Barbara Sunrise
Gave a Paul Harris-a real surprise
To our partner in the enterprise.
But I have to say the very best
Which paled in significance to all the rest
It was to India that we did go
Helping with a NID, you know
To work with them to eradicate polio
They did not need us to fly thousands of miles
Giving drops on the tongues of the children with smiles
but as ambassadors to encourage to keep going
To create awareness in their knowing
These efforts will someday make India polio free
We witnessed so much -- the extreme poverty
Despite their difficulties and such trials
We saw hope in their radiant smiles.
It gives me pause to thank God for our visit there
This Rotary moment with you I now share.