Scottdale Rotary celebrates 80th year
To explain what Rotary has meant to Scottdale for 80 years, president Tim Hurst quotes the organization's motto, 'Service above self. That says it all. To put service to your fellow man above anything else you do. That's why we're in business.'
Rotary is the world's first service club, founded in Chicago on Feb. 23, 1905. The Scottdale Rotary was chartered on Dec. 5, 1921, and has since been an asset to the community.
'They're very important,' says Barry Whoric, Scottdale Borough manager. 'They do a lot of community service projects. They're always going forward looking for more ways to make the community better. They're a valuable resource.'
Whoric states that Rotary has established the community bulletin board in front of Standard Bank, provided landscaping around the new 'Welcome to Scottdale' sign, and has sold items, such as decorative throws depicting historic Scottdale, which promote a sense of community.
The Scottdale Rotary, currently with a membership of 20, also aids other organizations in the community, including the American Red Cross, the Boy Scouts, the Rotary soccer team, the Salvation Army, the Scottdale Library and the YMCA.
A major ongoing effort of the organization is international education.
Rotary sends Southmoreland students to the Annual World Affairs Institute and sponsors foreign exchange students. Most recently, Southmoreland senior Cory Scott visited Austria as a Rotary-sponsored student.
Rotary holds fund-raisers to finance these projects. Currently, they are selling jigsaw puzzles that form maps of Scottdale to raise money for these trips.
The organization also awards a Southmoreland senior with a Rotary scholarship each year.
Rotary not only provides funds, but also does 'hands-on' work. Members volunteer as bell ringers for the Salvation Army, keep their designated portion of the road clean under the Adopt-a-Highway program, and prepare the annual chicken barbeque.
Scottdale Rotary is joining with the approximately 29,000 Rotary clubs worldwide and Breedlove Dehydrated Foods to support the new 'Ethiopian Campaign.' This program will provide food, medical kits and solar ovens to the poverty-stricken area.
Scottdale Rotary meets weekly at the Broadway Bistro. Guests and new members are always welcome. For more information on Scottdale Rotary, call 887-5505.