I wanted to take a moment to welcome you to the Rotary Club of North Raleigh. We at the club are open to new members who are searching for an opportunity to serve their fellow-man both through local, national and international efforts. At Rotary, our motto is “Service Above Self”.
Rotary is a civic organization for business and professional people to gather together for both business networking, but ultimately, to give back to society. Rotary International has over 1.2 million members worldwide. Rotary started in 1907 in Chicago and has grown to its current membership. Members have donated millions of dollars to the Rotary Foundation, which is the avenue that Rotary uses to do good in the world.
The areas of focus for the Rotary Foundation is centered around six project areas where Rotary hopes to make a difference in our world. Those areas are:
- Peace and Conflict Prevention/Resolution
- Water and Sanitation
- Basic Education and Literacy
- Disease Prevention and Treatment
- Maternal and Child Health
- Economic and Community Development
As for the Rotary Club of North Raleigh, we have focused our efforts on many of these areas with an emphasis on education/literacy and health. The club has been sponsoring the Guatemala Literacy Project for more than 15 years and have sent several members to Guatemala over the years. We are also involved in providing scholarships to Wake Technical College and donate books to the Wake Literacy Council. Additionally, we are very active in the local schools by offering both an essay contest and speech contest, while also selecting several students over the years to participate in the Rotary Youth Leadership Academy.
Internationally, we have also sponsored the Ukrainian Orphanage program started by one of our members. With this program, we have sent one of our dentist over to the Ukraine to perform work on orphans. Additionally, the programs ultimate goal is to assist orphans who are aging out of the orphanages to learn life skills the will allow them to
transition to independent life, while helping them get marketable skills. Many of the orphans who age out of the system turn to a life on the street and the sex industry. This program is working towards changing this trend.
Locally, our club has performed many different projects over the years to include roadside cleanup and medical fairs for Hispanics. There is hardly a project that is brought to the attention of the board that the club does not sponsor with both money and volunteer hours.
If you are interested in learning more about Rotary or to visit one of our club meetings, please contact me at Steven@BackNineHomes.com.