What is the Rotary Club?
Rotary is an organization of business and professional leaders united worldwide who provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and help build goodwill and peace in the world. In more than 190 countries worldwide, approximately 1.25 million Rotarians belong to more than 31,500 Rotary clubs. The Kane, Pennsylvania Club was founded in 1922.
Rotary club membership represents a cross-section of the community’s business and professional men and women. The Kane club meets every Monday and the meetings are nonpolitical, nonreligious, and open to all cultures, races, and creeds.
The main objective of Rotary is service — in the community, in the workplace, and throughout the world. Rotarians develop community service projects that address many of today’s most critical issues, such as children at risk, poverty and hunger, the environment, illiteracy, and violence. They also support programs for youth, educational opportunities and international exchanges for students, teachers, and other professionals, and vocational and career development. The Rotary motto is Service Above Self.
Although the Kane Rotary club performs several service programs for the community each year, the club is committed along with all other Rotarians worldwide in a campaign for the global eradication of polio. By 2010, the PolioPlus program will have contributed US$850 million to this cause. In addition, Rotary has provided an army of volunteers to promote and assist at national immunization days in polio-endemic countries around the world.
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