When I Became a Rotarian – Tony Lander, Petaluma Valley Rotary Club

I’ve never been a member of a service club like Rotary before.  I joined three years ago in November and Melissa and the kids and I attended the PVR Christmas party.  It felt like this was becoming real.  We sat with Marcia and Ron Johns and Bruce and Tina Schumikowski and they were so nice and all the games and activities were a hoot.  Harlie and Rocco had a blast with the other kiddos.  The Carter twins Lilian and Mary Beth, and Mike and Cierra had Charlie there…really fun.

But the day I became a Rotarian was the day our exchange student, Mizuki Takeuchi, moved into my home.  I was concerned about joining Rotary in the first place because of the time commitments, and now we agreed to have a 17-year-old move in with us for 3-1/2 months.  WHAT WERE WE THINKING?!

We took Mizuki in as a family,  got to meet her whole biological family, spent an amazing holiday season with her, and we all learned a lot from each other and from that experience.

Harlie still talks about having one brother and one sister from that day.

This was a great experience that we will always treasure, and the day I truly became a Rotarian.