Rotary’s good deeds

By Dick Sowa,
Club President, 2017-2018

The Dundee Area Rotary Club was chartered by Rotary International in 2008 as one of 34,000 clubs around the world.    We draw membership from Dundee, Petersburg and Ida communities.   Rotary International has 1.2 million members in over 170 countries.   
Here’s a blurb from Charity Navigator (100% rating):  “The Rotary Foundation is a not-for-profit corporation funded solely by voluntary contributions from members and friends of Rotary who support its mission to advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace. Using Rotary Foundation grants, Rotary’s 34,000 clubs across the globe develop and carry out sustainable humanitarian projects and provide scholarships and professional training opportunities that promote peace, fight disease, provide clean water, sustain mothers and children, improve education, and strengthen local economies. The Foundation is a worldwide leader in the efforts to eradicate polio through its partnership with the World Health Organization, UNICEF, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.”
As you can see, we are a tiny speck in a much larger organization.   Our club has focused primarily on local community service projects, but have also contributed to some international projects.  Our major fundraiser is a dinner/dance and raffle we hold in early March at the Old Mill Museum in Dundee.  
Back in 2010, Dundee was hit with a tornado and in the year afterwards, our club planted or gave away hundreds of trees to the local community.
We installed a wheelchair swing at Holiday Camp (a camp for handicapped adults), here in Monroe County.  
We participate in Monroe County God Works! program where we serve free meals to the community at St John Lutheran Church in Dundee.  
Provided improvements to West County Park as a nature preserve.
We encourage literacy by giving every third grader a dictionary in several local elementary schools.
We provide Scholarships to area high school seniors.
We sponsor the Dundee High School Interact Club. Interact is Rotary International’s service club for young people, ages 12 to 18.
We annually sponsor four Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA). RYLA is a leadership training program for young people.
We participate in the Adopt a Highway program, cleaning a section of (M-50).
Our club sponsors and brings the Culpepper and Merriweather Circus to town every two years.
We installed Park Benches in the triangle in downtown Dundee.

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