A message from the president
At the June 2017 International Convention, the Atlanta Business Journal summed up all the best things about Rotary. I’ve fallen in love with Rotary; my respect and admiration for this organization grows stronger and deeper every year. There is so much to be proud of in Rotary, and so many reasons to love Rotary right now:
- Because we are about to eradicate a disease, and you can be a part of it!
We are 99.9% of the way toward ending polio in the world. And Bill & Melinda Gates match our donations 2-to-1. How cool is that??
- Because we connect you to people who take action
Throughout the world the work of Rotarians is aimed at the projects and people that need it most. And the passion drives Rotarians to get the job done.
- Because our foundation is 100 years strong
Founded at the height of the First World War, Rotary has survived World War II and the Great Depression, and become one of the world’s leading foundations doing good in the world, as well as transforming millions of lives.
- Because we know all about social networking
In 1905 Chicagoan Paul Harris was looking for camaraderie and a way to build a professional network. That network is now 1.2 million members strong. Check out Rotary’s Facebook,Twitter, LinkedIn, and Instagram.
- Because today, there are lots of great ways to be a member
Rotary clubs now have more options and flexibility in when, how, and where they meet or serve their communities. With so few restrictions, anyone can find fulfillment with a rotary membership
- Because Rotary’s scholarships help the best and brightest change the world
Rotary clubs support scholarships for graduate study in one of Rotary’s areas of focus: Providing clean water, supporting education, fighting disease, saving mothers and children, growing local economies, and promoting peace. Rotary works to support peace and end conflict – one person a time.
- Because science says Rotary members are happier and healthier
Data from the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index show that our club meetings offer the genuine social connection that triggers out bodies to release oxytocin, the happiness hormone! When Rotarians volunteer and get involved in the community they have a higher overall well-being and experience less stress than their peers.
- Locally, we have had tremendous impact
In Cambridge and Guernsey County Rotary supports local food pantries, the Salvation Army and United way, local school programs for education, we built a handicap playground in our city park, donated funds to build a college campus in our community, and we meet the needs of youth programs with fundraising dollars. We volunteer in the schools with other organizations and buy school supplies for those children who need some extra help. And in the realm of ecology and the environment, we clean up a stretch of road in the county four times a year and provide thousands of seedlings to school children to plant and nurture.
- Because our future is bright and you will want to be a part of it
Rotoract, Interact, and RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards) are designed to mentor youth and connect generations. Getting involved with youth programs is a Rotary specialty that pays off now and into the future!
Please find us if we haven’t found you yet! I’d love to get a call from you – you can reach me at 740-630-6010. There’s a place for you at our Rotary Club of Cambridge, Ohio!
In Rotary Service,
President, Rotary Club of Cambridge