Through the Avenue of Community Service - Rotarians give back to the communities they live in.
Each year our Club arranges a Tree-of-Joy in the Cherrybrook Shopping Centre. This involves canvassing a number of organisations to secure anonymous cards generally describing specific under-privileged people and the type of Christmas gift that might brighten their lives a little. The cards are placed on a Christmas tree located in the shopping centre. Generous shoppers remove cards and purchase a gift for that person prior to returning the gift to the tree. Our members collect, sort and distribute the gifts with up to 1000, conservatively valued at $30,000, being distributed each year.
Street Libraries are becoming increasingly popular and our club as a part of Community Service has built and manned 4 of them.
WHAT ARE STREET LIBRARIES - a beautiful home for books, planted in the front yard. They are accessible from the street, and are an invitation to share the joys of reading with your neighbours. They are a window into the mind of a community; books come and go; no-one needs to check them in or out. People can simply reach in and take what interests them; when they are done, they can return them to the Street Library network, or pass them on to friends.
If anyone has a book or two that they think others would enjoy, they can just pop it into any Street Library they happen to be walking past.
They are a symbol of trust and hope – a tiny vestibule of literary happiness.
Some people once said…
"A library is the delivery room for the birth of ideas, a place where history comes to life" - Norman Cousins
"If you want to get laid, go to college. If you want an education, go to the library" - Frank Zappa