Rotarians Serve Through Their Clubs

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Published on April 28 2012 2:08 pm
Last Updated on July 14 2013 4:07 pm

This is Rotary Week 2012...an effort by the Effingham Sunrise and Noon Rotary clubs to let you know what Rotary is and why people become Rotarians.

On Monday, we focused on the New Generations Avenue of Service, one of five Avenues pursued by Rotary and by individual Rotarians.  On Tuesday, the subject was International Service, on Wednesday, it was Vocational Service, and on Thursday, it was Community Service.

Today, we conclude our Rotary Week review with a focus on Club Service.

Club Service mirrors many of the other Avenues of Service.  As a club, Rotary works together to raise funds for many endeavors, but the clubs also work to support activities through hands-on efforts.

The Noon and Sunrise clubs team up to sponsor the Society for Academic Achievement Banquet, held in April each year to honor the top 5% of sophomore, junior and senior students at St. Anthony and Effingham high schools.

The Noon Club honors a graduating high school senior at Effingham and at St. Anthony High School each year with a $1,000 scholarship.

The Sunrise and Noon clubs team up in May for a golf tournament designed to raise funds for Polio Plus and the battle to eradicate polio.

The Noon and Sunrise are also joining forces this Sunday to sponsor the Rotary International Food Fair.  The event will take place in the Sacred Heart Grade School gym from 11am to 2pm.  A variety of foods from many countries and many cultures will be available at $10 for those ages 12 through adult and $6 for those ages 5 to 11.  Those younger than age five get to eat for free.  Rotarians will also have special displays concerning children-helping efforts in Guatemala and Nepal, to which the proceeds from Sunday's Food Fair will go.  Tickets will be available at the door Sunday.

Today also marks the start of the Rotary District 6490 Convention in Effingham, a two-day run that will be held at the Thelma Keller Convention Center.  The event will take place in Effingham in recognition of District Governor Ron Schettler's term.  Schettler is the first District Governor from Effingham to serve since 1968.