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Welcome to the Altadena Rotary Website
WE HOPE YOU'LL JOIN US
As we make the World and Our Community
a Better Place in which to live
by Steve Kerekes, Club President
What is Rotary? If I were to ask each of our members, each would probably give me a different answer. However, to me Rotary is the leading humanitarian organization in the world. As an organization, we have the ability to change lives on a local, national and global scale
In 1905, Paul Harris and three other businessmen gathered in Room 711 of the Unity Building in downtown Chicago. This was the first Rotary Club meeting. These men initiated a rotating meeting to experience fellowship and undertake community service. Today, Rotary continues this enduring tradition. And I am proud to say that Rotary International leads the world in volunteer service. It consists of 1.2 million members in 34,000 clubs, in over 200 countries.
But, Rotary is not about numbers ... it is about service. In the past year, I have been fortunate to discover — through President-Elect Training and District events — the true scope of the work that Rotary does on a local, national, and international scale. Rotary International has identified specific causes to target in order to maximize our local and global impact. They include promoting peace, fighting disease, providing clean water, saving mothers and children, supporting education, and growing local economies.
As Altadena Rotary moves into its 67th year as a club, I am excited about the possibilities. And I know that I will have the greatest club in the district and the best officers and directors standing beside me.
If you are not a member of Altadena Rotary or another Rotary Club, I ask that you think about the service that you could do locally, nationally and internationally and consider joining us at Altadena Rotary in making our community, country and the world a better place in which to live.
With your help, we could do so much more! As a non-denominational,
non-political, ethnically diverse organization, we welcome all
local do-gooders (male and female) to become active members
of our club. Please browse through our website to see how you can join the world's first and oldest international service organization.
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