Sometimes people hide behind a mask. What happens when WE put the mask on others?
There has been a lot of discussion about generational differences - differences in orientation toward service, willingness to work hard, willingness to respect experience, etc. And there have been plenty more about what that might mean for Rotary membership. We have come up with labels like "next generation clubs." Did people in their 30's choose that term, or was that a brainchild of an AARP cardholder?
Here is one simple way to sort out fact from perception: start talking with live humans.
Novel idea, right? What if we stop excluding, assuming and prejudging because of what a professor's statistics suggest abou the average 34 year old's likelihood to serve? What if we talk with qualified people, one at a time, about their interests, their best service experiences and how there might be a good fit with Rotary? What if we saw qualified people, regardless of age?
You are not a statistic and don't like being labeled. So don't assume a person's values based on the date on their driver's license. Keep your curiousity about people!
A great conversation is somewhat of a luxury, in our days of 140 character tweets and text messages. Take the time to enjoy a good conversation with someone, no matter how young or old. See what you discover about their ideal service experience. See where it leads.