PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE

I’m proud to be a Rotarian.  Proud to be connected to such a positive force for good in the world.  Proud to be the president of the Rotary Club of Fulton.  

I have always wanted to help others and connecting with Rotary has enabled me to do just that. Think about it for a moment: we are a network of 1.2 million friends, neighbors, business associates and civic leaders who come together to create positive, lasting change in our communities.  Among these changes is the relief of human suffering from infectious diseases – starting with the permanent, worldwide eradication of polio; and the achievement of world peace – starting within ourselves and working outward through our community, our nation, and beyond.

Established in 1923, the Rotary Club of Fulton has a proud history of service to this community and our club supports a number of local, regional and international projects.  Our avenues of service include:

  • Provided materials to the Callaway County Library to promote youth literacy

  • Partnered with Stop the Bleed - a National program to provide classroom teachers with the education and materials needed to be the first responder in the event of an emergency.

  • Partnered with SERVE’s Back to School event

  • Raised money and awareness for Polio Plus with the distribution of crocuses at local businesses

  • Conducted a coat and blanket drive in conjunction with Rotaract of William Woods University

  • Provided meals at the Soup Kitchen

  • Sponsored numerous American Red Cross blood drives

  • Sponsored students to attend RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards), Boys State and Girls State

  • Awarded seven $1,000 scholarships to high school seniors

  • Presented Nolin Courtesy Awards to 12 elementary and middle school students in recognition of their good citizenship

  • Annually honor a Callaway County law enforcement official for "Service above Self" with the G. W. Law - Law Enforcement Officer of the Year Award.

  • Supported Rotary Youth Exchange by sponsoring a local student to study abroad in Belgium for one year and sponsoring a student from Belgium to study in Fulton for one year

  • Planted 80+ trees at Fulton Public School buildings

  • Partnered with Humanity for Children, which has helped construct medical clinics in Rwanda

  • Established a global grant project to reduce the mortality rate of mothers and infants among the Maasai in Tanzania.

There are other projects as well … but you get the point. We are doing a lot of good and we are having a lot of fun doing it.

This year’s Rotary International theme is “Rotary Connects the World” and I have some thoughts about how we can together serve our community, enrich our own spirits, and sustain our club.  Rotary is like any relationship between people. What each of us gets out of it will be directly proportional to what we put into it. Over the next twelve months, let’s use our Rotary experience to lead by example, and to connect the world by engaging in meaningful service to our fellow humans in whatever ways we can.

 

You have probably heard someone say that hindsight is 20/20.  As we approach the year 2020 I want us to reflect on our club and ask ourselves the following questions;

  1. What are we doing now that we should do more of?

  2. What are we doing now that isn’t working and should we modify or discontinue it?

  3. What are we not doing now that we should be doing?

By asking these simple questions we can identify the strengths of our club and determine how we might build upon them for the future.

Members of our noon Rotary club connect at weekly meetings and learn from business experts, political and civic leaders, and entrepreneurs who help us stay informed on topics relevant to our community.  Please join us any Wednesday from noon to 1 P.M. at the Fulton Country Club.  We also have an evening satellite club for those unable to make meetings during the day.  That group meets on the first Tuesday of each month from 6 to 7 PM.  For information on either group, contact us at info@fultonrotary-mo.org.

Our Club is excited about our future and look forward to many more years of serving our community and living up to the Rotary motto, “Service Above Self”.  We are much more than members of a club, we are Rotarians!

In Service,

Allen Huggins

Rotary Club of Fulton, Missouri

President 2019-2020

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