I have felt your tender touch
Without you knowing it
Rotarians, I have known your warmth and love
In spite of your distance
I, who talk to you today
Admire your self-giving
Your motto “Service Above All”
Has never been truer
I am because of you.
Six days a month, dear Rotarians
I remained secluded in our impoverished home
Detached from life-giving education
All because of the unchangeable nature
Which had made me feel dejected
But because of you
I got padded from shame and humiliation
And never missed a day from school
Thus I walk academically and gracefully
Because of you.
Now I am a girl with self-esteem
My dignity has been restored
No more turning my skirt to look for tell-tale signs
Look at me! My demeanor tells it all
I know you look at me with a sense of pride
Indeed you profit most because you serve best
You are so unrelenting in your endeavor
To make a better me out of myself
Oh! How gratifying to know you care!
Even when you have never known me!
Your existence has endeared you to my heart
You have padded my heart too
By ensuring I am in school throughout
Every step I take, every move I make
I know you’ll always care more
Now that you know me more!
And so, dear girls
Like a roller in the ocean, life is motion, move on
Like the wind that’s always blowing, life is flowing, move on
Like the sunrise in the morning, life is dawning, move on
You have helped me to surmount the insurmountable
And taught me to serve above self
Let my ego never stop me from doing that
And let your bottomless love steer me through.
BRAVO ROTARIANS! CHEERIO