The Vermillion Rotary Club will touch hundreds of children, elderly and disadvantaged people this year with programs supported by its 70 members, said President Jim Peterson.
"We want to make sure Rotary will be relevant for the next generation," Peterson said, and he called on members to suggest new projects and fund raisers for the club.
The service club meets every Tuesday at noon at the Al Neuharth Media Center on the University of South Dakota campus. Visitors are always welcome, Peterson said.
Last year the club provided $17,600.00 in direct contributions to the Vermillion community that included everything from bike helmets for second graders to scholarships, backpack program, food donations, and library support.
Peterson's goal for the coming year is to develop a website for the Vermillion club and sign up at least 10 new members. He also wants to include college-age volunteers in club projects and be more visible in the community.
The Vermillion Rotary board includes David Herbster, past president; Debbie Reaves, vice president; Kathy Chandler, secretary; Doug Tuve, treasurer; and board members Art Mabry, Craig Thompson, Lora Lee Hensel, and Kevin Haselhorst.
Rotary has 1.2 million members in 34,000 clubs worldwide who believe in "service above self." Members support education and job training, provide clean water, combat hunger, improve health and sanitation, and work to eradicate polio.