Rev. Annie Fredericks Cooper of the Trinity Cathedral Episcopal Church of Liberia has urged members of the Rotary Club of Sinkor (RCS) to care for and be concerned about those who live in their respective environments.
In her keynote address, delivered yesterday at the induction ceremony of RCS’ 2016/2017 leadership, Rev. Cooper relayed that one of the Club’s District Governors, Fred A. Carvin, wrote that “the invincible force of Rotary is love of fellow man,” adding: “This is how you are expected to live every day and everywhere. Not only when you are with fellow Rotarians.”
Rev. Cooper said to provide ‘service above self’ requires that “you recognize those in need and strive to make their lives better. You are expected to respect everyone, regardless of social standing.”
She said hunger, disease, poverty, war, and illiteracy are no respecters of persons, because “we have seen too clearly many examples of that in our country.”
Rev. Cooper encouraged Rotarians to continue to be transformers and trendsetters in creating an environment where people who are afflicted by adversities feel loved and accepted.
She called on members to work against rejection of people in dire need of assistance and support and encourage them to accept and act on the challenge.
She appealed to RCS members to heed the words of Mother Teresa, who said: “I have come more and more to realize that being unwanted is the worst disease that any human being can ever experience.”
Still quoting Mother Teresa, the Episcopal priest said: “Nowadays, we have found medicine for leprosy, and lepers can be cured. There is medicine for TB, and consumption can be cured. But for being unwanted, except there are willing hands to serve, and there’s a loving heart to love, I don’t think this terrible disease can be cured.”
She said the Sinkor Rotarians have the tools and willing hands to serve, and loving hearts for people, urging them to use them wisely.
“When you step out for ‘Service Above Self’ and you honor your oath, let those words be your bond. You must serve indiscriminately,” she said.
Rev. Cooper observed that by living and exhibiting the ‘Service Above Self’ motto, “Rotarians and non-Rotarians alike may benefit from your exemplary social justice values and emulate your practices. For, you see, one never knows what curve life might throw you.”
In her inaugural speech, RSC President Mornjay-George Pratt thanked the immediate past president, Eva Mappy Morgan, for the good work done during the 2015/15 Rotary year.
She praised Rotarian Morgan for her leadership, which made the organization better, to the establishment of the first Rotary Club for youths.
President Pratt told members that as they commence on a new year they must have a renewed sense of purpose to recruit members and contribute to the foundation.
Officials inducted were Pauline Kwabo, Vice President 2016/17; President-elect 2017/18, Angela Benson; Nowiah Gorpudolo, Secretary General; Esther Paegar, Treasurer; Rose Macaulay, Sergeant-at-Arms; Decontee King-Sackie, Rotary Foundation; T. Nancy Freeman, Recruitment of Membership; Melvin Crawford, Service Projects; and Nat Gbaba, Public Relations.