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Is Rotary For You?

Is Rotary For You?

Rotary is a volunteer organization of 1.2 million business and professional leaders and 600,000 teenagers and young adults united worldwide to provide humanitarian service and help build goodwill and peace. About 54,000 clubs in more than 200 countries and geographical areas conduct projects to address today’s challenges (locally in their communities and abroad in developing countries) including illiteracy, disease, hunger, poverty, lack of clean water, environmental concerns, peace and conflict resolution – while encouraging high ethical standards in all vocations.

As the world’s largest private provider of international scholarships, The Rotary Foundation, helps more than 1,000 students annually to study abroad in master programs and serve as cultural ambassadors. Rotary also partners with six prestigious universities around the world providing opportunities to earn a master’s degree in Peace and Conflict Resolution. 8,500 youth exchange students study in 100 different countries each year cementing cultural understanding at an early age.

PolioPlus is Rotary’s flagship program. By the time polio is eradicated, Rotary club members will have contributed one billion US dollars and countless volunteer hours to immunize more than two billion children in 122 countries. Rotary is the lead private sector contributor and volunteer arm of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative in partnership with the World Health Organization, the US Centers for Disease Control and UNICEF.

Founded in Chicago in 1905 as the world’s first volunteer service organization, Rotary quickly expanded around the globe. Today, club members usually meet weekly to plan service projects, discuss community and international issues and enjoy fellowship.

Our motto is “Service above Self”. Clubs are nonpolitical and open to every race culture and creed.

Our club, the Rotary Club of Southwest Pacific County Peninsula, meets on Tuesday mornings, 7:30-8:30 am at the 42nd Street Cafe in Seaview and on Tuesday evenings, 5:30 pm, at the Lightship Restaurant.  We enjoy fellowship over breakfast and typically have a speaker to share on any number of topics.  YOU are most welcome to join us and learn more about Rotary and about our club.  In fact, your first breakfast is on us.  Just ask any member for more information.  You’ll find us to be a friendly and welcoming group.

If you would like to talk to someone before coming to a meeting, contact any Rotarian.  If you don’t happen to know one, contact:

  • Lynn Raymer: Office: 360-642-3623 Home: 360-665-2685 or
  • Keleigh Schwartz: Office: 360-642-4431 or
  • Carol Lynn Ockfen:  Office: 253-847-9387 Home: 360-642-5806 or has links to more information on water projects, health care, polio eradication, youth exchange, literacy, community aid, volunteers, and more.  There is also much information about Rotary on

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