What is Rotary?

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Real Estate Agent with Castle Connections Realty 0517896

So, have you ever wondered what Rotary is? As a member of Plano West Rotary, let me try and explain. I've only been a member for 4 years. I'm still a "newbie" in the club compared to some of our club members have been involved for 20, 30, 40 and even 50 years!! Amazing.

Rotary is the world's first service club organization with 33,000 clubs in over 200 countries. Members form a global network of service oriented leaders who volunteer their time and money to serve their local communities and worldwide. Our motto is, Service above Self.

 

Each club meets weekly and attendence is mandatory. If you miss a meeting, you are encouraged to make-up at another club or you can go online. As Program Chair for 2007-2008, it was my responsibility to find the speaker for each meeting. This was a challenge but a great job that allowed me to meet a variety of individuals throughout the Dallas area. The club is the cornerstone to Rotary and have 4 key responsibilites: 1) sustain or increase membership 2) participate in service projects that benefit our community and those in other countries 3) support the Rotary Foundation financially and through participation 4) develop leaders capable of serving in Rotary and beyond.

 

My club is very involved in the Plano Balloon Festival where we sell Funnell Cakes. It is a crowd favorite and we have lines up to 20-30 people. And all the money we raise go back into the community. The Plano Balloon Festival is next month and I can't wait. We also sell Texas Pecans each holiday season. The pecans are excellent and they pretty much sell themselves! Worldwide Rotary has been key is helping to eradicate polio. Now, Rotary has taken up the challenge of providing clean drinking water around the world. There are so many more projects and I've just begun to scratch the surface.

 

 

If Rotary sounds interesting to you, I encourage you to get involved. Our club would love to have you visit. Just contact me and I can get you started on a great journey.

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Allen Tate - Concord, NC

Thanks for sharing information on Rotary and your club.  I have been a Rotarian for 10 years and have enjoyed being a part of such a wonderful organization.

Aug 31, 2008 01:12 PM #1
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Linda Box Taylor
Castle Connections Realty - Plano, TX
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Allen - Thanks for stopping by.  I have enjoyed Rotary, too.  I've learned so much about my city and the area from our programs. 

Sep 01, 2008 09:18 AM #2
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Geoffrey Davis
BANK of the OZARKS - Frisco, TX

Great write up- so how did the balloon feast go?

Oct 21, 2008 07:13 AM #3
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Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573
MOOERS REALTY - Houlton, ME
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Rotary in Houlton Maine is the 53rd auction to fund local projects! Hey Rotary! Good job worldwide!

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Dec 03, 2008 08:12 AM #4
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Sandra White
John L Scott Real Estate - Port Townsend, WA
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Linda, in my tiny town of Port Townsend we have at least 2 Rotary groups and possibly 3.  One of my associates at John L Scott is the licensed "pyrotechnician" every 4th of July and also collects money for the fireworks by selling little pins.  This year I bought a very cool t shirt from the group to support the display.  They do great work.  Thanks for the post.

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