Rotary is 115 today!! #serviceaboveself

Rotary is celebrating a birthday. This organization founded by Paul Harris on February 23, 1905, is 115 today!! With a core mission of #serviceaboveself, these business leaders in Chicago set out to build a better community. Using their influence and power they used service, the act of reaching out and helping others, and a way to bring business leaders together for the greater good.

Rotary is #serviceaboveself

Locally we have a variety of Rotary Clubs doing good in our community while Rotary international works on their core mission of eradicating Polio worldwide. The 7 pillars of Rotary include Peace and conflict prevention/resolution, disease prevention and treatment, water and sanitation, maternal and child health, basic education and literacy, economic and community development, and sustainability. Rotary is open to everyone to join. Most clubs have weekly meetings including a meal to build community within the club members and have a speaker usually telling us about local organizations or activities. These weekly meetings bring us together and allow us to better know each other and our community.

Rotary Soapbox Car

Rotary Club of Rockingham County, the club I belong to, has a variety of service projects throughout the year. Much of our work focuses on youth in our community including our founding and continued support of the Harrisonburg Soapbox Derby. We have also done grants to support PurMadi, Harrisonburg Rockingham Big Brothers Big Sisters, cleaned up Route 42 just outside of Harrisonburg, supported First Step and Generations Crossing, and so much more.

Rockingham County Rotary Club

I encourage you to look at the local Rotary Clubs in your area, each has a different vibe, and find the right fit to magnify your service in your community. Want to visit our breakfast club next Tuesday at 7 a.m.? Just reach out to me and I am happy to have you as my guest.

Rotary

Happy Birthday Rotary! Thanks to all Rotarians for putting #serviceaboveself.

Rotary end polio

Rotary is #serviceaboveself

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