The communities to which we belong allow us to engage in activities that are enjoyable and important for our development. It then follows that our service to them, and what we do to support their existence, change, and growth, is the least we can do in return for our position within them and all the wonderful experiences we’ve had as a result. Serving our clubs and social communities is a privilege because it allows us to reciprocate in kind for what others have given to us. When we, along with our peers, commit to this attitude, our communities and clubs will begin to grow and we will be able to share the culture that will mean more enjoyment and fulfilment for everyone.
First we have to understand how to sponsor a philosophy of service in others. This begins with us understanding service ourselves. This begins with taking part in service projects or initiatives through our communities or connections in order to further our understanding of what it means to have a positive impact on the lives of others through first hand experience of its effect. We need to be inspired by the selflessness of our role models, those whose philanthropic purpose, activity, and courage enabled them to contribute to and improve the lives of others. Striving to be a contributor in a service context is about identifying the unmet needs or challenges faced by members of our community and providing innovative, creative and sustainable solutions to them. We can apply this approach to our lives, in our social activities and clubs in order to spread a shared practice of service that will become ingrained in the culture of the community.