7.B Things Being Active in the
Community Has Taught Me!
In working with the Virginia Blood
Service, Central Virginia Foodbank and
other dynamic causes in Central Virginia,
I have learned much
If we choose, and I do believe it is a
simple matter of choice, we can be the
change agent which will make a
difference in our community
1) People Care
500 People show up to give VBS blood 7
times a year
Feel the MOJO on the floor of the CVFB
This is the “YES!” attitude Jeffrey
Gitomer talks about
Local impact had by Rotary Chapters
Coal Pit Project for Innsbrook
2) Whatever Your Circumstance,
You Can Make a Difference!
Time, $$$, Effort, Communication,
Passion – each of these is a gift!
Connect the Dots!
Steve Case, AOL – Sector Blending
Connect the Dots!
Full Utilization of Assets
Put Yourself in Front of Something,
Leave Yourself Alone with it, create the
2)The Sooner You Start, the
More You Can Do!
Myles Hilliard and a group of four friends
created the “Wellesley Fun Walk!”
Over $21,000 was raised for the Massey
Cancer Center and Pediatric Cancer
Justin Guld created a VBS – Why
Donate Blood Video on his own!
These two young men are students at
Deep Run H.S. and Pocahontas M.S.!!
3) A Little Goes a Long Way!
One pint of donated blood saves THREE
One dollar given to the CVFB results in
FIVE food dollars from the CVFB
One pound of food can be stretched a
An hour of time to a Rotary, builds a
Napoleon Hill’s idea
3) A Network Goes a Long
Thru the combined efforts of each local
Rotary, Rotary International is making
strides to eradicate polio world wide!
Bill Gates Rotary Speech on 1/21/09
Each of us are volunteers, advocates and
donors – in our communities and around
Wendell Berry – Solve for Pattern
Combine resources to create better and
broader based solutions!
4) You are the Community and
the Community is You!
Find your passion and set an unreasonable
Phillip Glass, Composer – At the fringes of what I
can hear, I write – I am never to sure if I am writing
what I hear – Challenge the status quo!
High School Heroes!
25,000 kids are hungry
Create relationships to build resource strength
4) Find a New Community!
Google your passion
Climb for the Cure
Find the synergy between your interests
and action opportunities
What is on your personal Bucket List?
5) Show & Tell
To touch is to feel
Glass: Poetry is about words, dancing is about
movement, music is about listening
The power is in the visual
SPCA – Robins Starr Humane Center
Silent Supper – John Wood, “Leaving Microsoft to
Change the World”
Make it tactile and visual
Reading Across America
6) Each Day is an Opportunity
Just because you didn’t yesterday, doesn’t
mean you can’t today
Explore every opportunity & create synergy
CVFB & Meals on Wheels
Whatever the most recent result, you can’t
Let’s learn what we can and move on
Define your passion, locate the bridges, create
There is a chasm of difference between
knowing what is going on and doing something
If you “know” but don’t “do”, do you really “know”?
George Bernard Shaw: “The reasonable man
adapts himself to the world. The unreasonable
one persists in trying to adapt the world to
himself. Therefore, all progress depends on the
7) Passion is a Force Multiplier
The MOJO on the floor of the CVFB
All walks of life, each knowing and each doing!
VBS Staff high fiving at blood drives
Deep Run High School
2009’s Marathon Dance raises $134,000!!!
Over $315,000 in the last three years!!!
Ask Riley & Tucker Gordon about it!
Riley, a Senior, is passionate in her pursuit of a cure for
Cystic Fibrosis which her Brother suffers from.
The Goal? A transitional acronym from CF – Cystic
Fibrosis to CF Cure Found!
“In war, morale is to materials and three is to one”
You are the difference
You are the point
You are the source of the choice
The space between stimulus and response, is
similar to the space between cause and cure –
it is all about actionable choices and outcomes
When you choose to get involved, you become
a point of contact, thus creating a change agent
that becomes a part of the solution.
You, yes you!