What is Rotary?
Rotary Club is a global network of 1.2 million neighbors, friends, leaders, and problem solvers. They see a world where people unite and take-action to create lasting change, across the globe, in our communities and in ourselves.
Why Join Rotary?
Rotary began in 1905 to satisfy the basic human need for friendship and fellowship.
Secondly, another original reason for Rotary’s beginning, is business development. Everyone needs to network. Rotary consists of a cross section of every business community. Its members come from all walks of life. Membership in a Rotary club makes one a better community citizen. The average Rotary club consists of the most active citizens of any community.
Another great aspect of rotary is the continuing education. Each week at Rotary, there is a program to keep one informed about what is going on in the community, nation, and world. Each meeting provides an opportunity to listen to different speakers and a variety of topics.
Without a doubt, Rotary is fun, a lot of fun. Each meeting is fun. The club projects are fun. Social activities are fun. The service is fun.
When traveling, members in need of medical care, legal advice or a hotel find assistance quickly. Most likely because there are over 35,000 clubs worldwide. Help for Rotary members is never too far out of reach.
Every Rotary club and district hosts parties and fun activities. Rotary holds conferences, conventions, assemblies and institutes. All of these events provide entertainment in addition to Rotary information, education, and service.
Rotary recognizes the importance of family involvement. For instance, one of the world’s largest youth exchange programs. Also, forming high school and college clubs for future members. Spouse involvement is encouraged. Lastly, creating activities to help family members grow and develop important values.
The Development of Ethics
Rotarian’s practice a 4-Way Test that governs one’s ethical standards. Members are expected to be ethical in both business and personal relationships.
Rotarian’s are nice people. The nicest people on the face of the earth. But most of all, they follow the policy: “It is nice to be important, but it is important to be nice.”
The Absence of an “Official Creed”
Rotary has no secret handshake, no secret policy, no official creed, no secret meeting or rituals. Therefore, the club is an open society for all who simply believe in helping others.
The Opportunity to Serve
Lastly and most importantly, Rotary is a service club. Its business is mankind. Its product is service. Members provide community service to both local and international communities. This is one of the best reasons for becoming a Rotarian. It is richly rewarding to serve others.
Just a few things that the Rotary Club of Sugarmill Woods does:
Our club provides support to Lecanto Primary School by giving dictionaries to each 3rd grader. We provide shoes and clothing and other materials to needy children. In addition to our literacy efforts, our focus is on the Homosassa Boys and Girls club. We are building a robotics laboratory to inspire a love of science, technology and engineering in children.
Likewise, health issues of children are another important issue. In the hopes to end Polio, Rotary members helped immunize more than 2.5 billion children. Each year, our club donates to Rotary International Polio Plus Fund. This fund has joined forces with the Gates foundation. Now, all but two countries are free of polio today.
Another focus of our club, creating clean water for children in unclean environments. More than 2.5 billion people lack clean water throughout the world. At least 3,000 children die each day from diseases caused by unsafe water. Additionally, we support the Rotary International Foundation in providing relief service throughout the world.
Our Rotary club also fights community hunger. We provide funding and support to local organizations such as “We Care Food Pantry” and the “Citrus County Food Bank.” We provide funding and labor to “Stop Hunger Now” which packages food for distribution to needy countries around the world.
Charities the Rotary Club of Sugarmill Woods Support (2018-2019)
Lecanto Primary School Tech Upgrade
Rise Against Hunger
The Path Tree Project
We Care Food Pantry
Citrus County Food bank
Christmas Shopping for needy students
Rotary Youth Exchange
Lecanto Primary School
3rd Grade Dictionaries
Seminar for Tomorrows Leaders (S4TL)
Citrus County Education Foundation
Whispering Pines Park
Rotary Camp Florida
If you would like to learn more about Rotary, they meet at the Sugarmill Woods Country Club located at: 1 Douglas Street Homosassa Florida 34446
Tuesdays 4:30 social and 5:00 meeting
Email: Janis Stacy, firstname.lastname@example.org