Rotary Club seeks new members

Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : November 21, 2012

Ted Ingersol sings for Rotary Club of Cedar Creek Lake

Monitor Photo/Ronald Wheeler
Rotary Club of Cedar Creek Lake member Ted Ingersol sings folk music while playing his banjo at the membership drive meeting Nov. 9.

By Robyn Wheeler
Monitor Staff Writer

GUN BARREL CITY–The Rotary Club of Cedar Creek Lake held its annual membership drive at Vetoni’s Italian Restaurant Nov. 9.
More than 20 members brought guests and business owners who were interested in learning more about becoming Rotary members.
Among the potential new members were Bella Maison owners Ruth and Jacques van der Plas, Animal Medical Clinic veterinarian Lisa Jones and Stop-N-Gogh Art Studio owner Britney Samford.
Rotary International was formed in 1905 by a Chicago lawyer with three members. Today, 1.2 million Rotarians are active in more than 34,000 clubs worldwide.
Rotary Clubs around the world are focused on encouraging service to others, and the advancement of international understanding, good will and peace.
Rotary members take this “Service Above Self” motto very seriously and are dedicated to a variety of causes including eradicating polio, youth exchange programs, conducting poverty and health projects, and many local endeavors to help needy families and communities.
Each year, the local club gives out college scholarships to high school students in the Cedar Creek Lake area, as well as contributing to Make A Difference Day, Klothes for Kids, Reading is Fundamental and Rotary Youth Leadership Awards Camp.
The Rotary Club initiation fee is $50 and quarterly dues are $150. Dues include a Rotary pin and badge, a T-shirt and a subscription to Rotary’s monthly magazine. The local chapter holds weekly luncheon meetings at Vetoni’s. Each meeting features a speaker of local, national or international interest to keep members up to date on community activities.
Speakers may include business executives, educators, elected officials, law enforcement personnel and social service leaders.
For more information on becoming a Rotary Club member, email or attend the next Rotary meeting at noon Friday, Nov. 16, at Vetoni’s Italian Restaurant in Gun Barrel City.