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Do you just belong?

Are you an active member, the kind that would be missed?
Or are you just contented that your name is on the list?

So you attend the meetings and mingle with the flock.
Or do you meet in private and criticize and knock?

Do you take an active part to help the work along?
Or are you satisfied to be the kind that just belongs?

Do you work on committees, to this there is no trick,
Or leave the work to just a few, and talk about the clique?

Please come to the meetings often, and help with hand and heart.
Don't just be a member but take an active part.

Think this over, members, you know what's right from wrong.
Are you an active member, or you just belong?

- Anonymous

Note: As I typed this to put it on the website, I realized this does not apply only to members of an association or group, it also applies to citizens of a republic. With apologies to the author, here goes:

Do you just belong?

Are you an active citizen, the kind that would be missed?
Or are you just contented that your name is on the list?

So you attend the meetings and mingle with the flock.
Or do you meet in private and criticize and knock?

Do you take an active part to help the work along?
Or are you satisfied to be the kind that just belongs?

Do you work on committees, to this there is no trick,
Or leave the work to just a few, and talk about the clique?

Please come to meetings often, and help with hand and heart.
Don't just be a citizen but take an active part.

Think this over, citizens, you know what's right from wrong.
Are you an active citizen, or you just belong?