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Rotarians observe Awareness Week

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The Carrollton Rotary Club’s 30 members are joining in with the bigger world-wide organization’s more than 1.2 million business, professional and community leaders to celebrate Rotary Awareness Week.

President Mark Smith invites local residents to attend one of the club’s weekly meetings, held at noon on Wednesday  in the lodge at General Butler State Resort Park.

“We would like to build our membership with local men and women who want to help us raise funds to give to our graduating seniors in the form of scholarships,” Smith said. “Last year we awarded $6,000 at the high school’s academic banquet. 
 
“We can always use a helping hand at our annual golf tournament in September or our May pancake breakfast,” he added.  “A club that reflects its community with regard to professional and business classification, gender, age, religion, and ethnicity is a club with the key to its future, and that’s our aim.  We exist to serve people. ”

Rotary is essentially a grassroots organization, with most of its service efforts being carried out at the club level.

The local club is the cornerstone of Rotary, where the most meaningful work is carried out. All effective Rotary clubs are responsible for four key elements: sustaining or increasing their membership base, participating in service projects that benefit their own community and those in other countries, supporting The Rotary Foundation financially and through program participation, and developing leaders capable of serving in Rotary beyond the club level.

The Object of Rotary is to encourage and foster the ideal of service as a basis of worthy enterprise and, in particular, to encourage and foster:  The development of acquaintance as an opportunity for service; high ethical standards in business and professions, the recognition of the worthiness of all useful occupations, and the dignifying of each Rotarian’s occupation as an opportunity to serve society; the application of the ideal of service in each Rotarian’s personal, business and community life; the advancement of international understanding, goodwill, and peace through a world fellowship of business and professional persons united in the ideal of service.

For more information, contact Smith at mark.smith.pida@statefarm.com or (502) 732-3525.