The Riviera Maya's Rotary Club for English Speakers
by Michele Kinnon (February 2013)
Playa del Carmen Seaside -
It is inarguable that Playa del Carmen is one of the fastest growing cities in the world. Thousands of people move here every year from other parts of Mexico, from the United Sates, Canada and countries across the globe. Their reasons for moving to the Riviera Maya are as varied and unique as the people themselves. Some are relocated here by their employers. Some move here hoping for a simpler life. Many come to retire and live out their golden years in the comfort afforded by this warm climate. Others, seeing opportunity in this growing, vibrant economy, come to work and open businesses and raise their families here. What many of them have in common is a desire to participate in their new community and find meaningful ways to get involved with other civic-minded people. I know this because I get emails about this almost daily from expats who have settled in Playa del Carmen and are looking for community organizations which match their particular interest and skill set.
Now, Rotary Club International has chartered a new club
right here in Playa del Carmen, a chapter specifically for English
speakers. Rotary International (RI) is a worldwide network of clubs
dedicated to making positive change in local communities and globally
through "Service Above Self". Rotary Club has had chapters in Playa del
Carmen for over 20 years carrying out Rotary's mission and doing good
works to support the community. I have had the honor of being a guest at
their meeting during the planning stages for Taste of Playa. Their
meetings are conducted in Spanish, a stumbling block to inclusion for
Playa's rapidly growing English speaking population whose Spanish
language skills are a constant work in progress.
This new Rotary chapter, Playa del Carmen Seaside, called their first meeting to order in April 2012 with just a handful of eager residents and just 4 months later was granted their official charter by RI. It was presented to the group by the District Governor just this month at the Charter Dinner, an exciting milestone for this new club. Today, the club has 32 members and welcomes more community-minded English speaking Playa del Carmen residents to apply for membership.
Rotary promotes the commitment to "Service Above Self" and this motto conveys the humanitarian spirit of the organizationís more than 1.2 million members. In the more than 34,000 clubs worldwide, members volunteer in communities at home and abroad to advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through the improvement of health, the support of education, and the alleviation of poverty.
Rotary has been in existence for over 100 years and its service is targeted on the following six areas:
In its very short existence the Playa del Carmen Seaside Rotary Club has already contributed to several local charitable organizations.
So, today I throw my hat into the
ring. I have officially petitioned to
be a member of the Playa del Carmen Seaside Rotary Club! I have found a
willing sponsor...thank you Bob...and am following the process to become
a member as detailed in the constitutional documents of Rotary
International. I am attending my second meeting today where among other
things I will fill out an official application. My application is then
presented to the Board of Directors on Feb. 4 and then posted for the
consideration of the group for the next two week. Barring any
objections, I should be Playa del Carmen Seaside Rotary Club's 33rd
member within the month!
Seems like a pretty good thing for us all to keep in mind, doesn't it?
If you are interested in joining the Playa del Carmen Seaside Rotary Club
or if you are just looking for more information about the group and its
activities, contact acting President Bob Hyde via email at
email@example.com. The best way to get to know Rotary is to
attend a meeting. Guests are welcome, especially visiting Rotarians from
around the world. The Playa del Carmen Seaside Chapter meets every
Tuesday from 12:30pm - 2:00pm at Origenes Restaurant in the Pueblito
Escondido building on calle 38 near the beach. Lunch is 120 MN and
includes a choice of 2 entrees and an unlimited iced tea and lemonade.
The Rotary fellowship is free.