Clubs and Organizations

Clubs and Organizations Rotarians hold
All-Club meeting The Vermillion Rotary Club held its weekly luncheon meeting on Tuesday, July 22, at the Neuharth Center on the campus of USD. The meeting was called to order by President Mary Edelen. President Edelen also led the members in an invocation. This was followed by a round of singing, announcements, and introduction of guests. President Edelen introduced the program for the day as an All-Club meeting, which included presentations about the history of Rotary International, a brief history of the Vermillion club, what it is like to be a district governor, what it is like to be president of the club, Women in Rotary, what does a new member expect from the club, how can we become better Rotarians, and where and how do we spend our money. Rotarians involved in these presentations were: Mary Edelen, Walt Reed, Roger Kozak, Kent Scribner, Mary Merrigan, Tom Fishback, and Doug Tuve. Rotary International currently consists of nearly 33,000 clubs in more than 200 countries and geographical areas. RI is considered the worldâ�?�?s first service club organization. Members consist of business and professional leaders throughout the world who volunteer their expertise and time serving their communities and the world. There are currently approximately 1.2 million members worldwide. RIs primary motto is â�?�?Service Above Self.â�? In keeping with this motto, members participate in service projects in their own communities and throughout the world. Clubs also financially support the Rotary Foundation to meet challenges throughout the world which no one club or group of clubs could meet on their own. One example is the Polio Plus program, which has as its goal the eradication of polio throughout the world. Rotary International is currently striving to match a challenge grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in the amount of $100 million dollars toward this goal of a polio-free world. Eradication of polio is currently the first priority of Rotary International, but RI also continues to be involved with other major issues such as world health concerns, hunger, clean water, and literacy projects locally as well as globally. Rotarians worldwide strive to follow the Four-Way Test. â�?�?Of the things we think, say or do: Is it the Truth?, Is it Fair to all concerned?, Will it build Goodwill and Better Friendships?, and, Will it be Beneficial to all concerned? This is what Rotary is all about.

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