PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE

Welcome to the Rotary Club of Fulton!  Established in 1923, the Rotary Club of Fulton has a proud history of service to this community.  The Rotary Club of Fulton consists of business professionals and community leaders, and it is widely recognized for service around the world, as well as right in our own backyard.  Our members are passionately involved in a number of local and international projects.

 

Because we are committed to making a difference, the Adult Enrichment Center (AEC) in Fulton was one of our adopted causes for 2017-2018 allowing them to purchase numerous items to better the lives of their clients.  The Callaway County Library was our other adopted cause for 2017-2018 providing materials to promote literacy in our youth.  Our adopted cause for 2018-2019 is 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. In 2019-2020 we supported the Fulton Public School Foundation which supplied classroom grants to four teachers.  We turned our focus to the Super Sam Foundation in 2020-2021.  During the current year we are supporting CASA, the Court Appointed Special Advocate group, which helps children in court room and beyond.

 

Other avenues of service include:

  • SERVE Back to School event – donated notebooks and volunteered at the event

  • Raised money and awareness for PolioPlus with distribution of crocuses at local businesses and informational program at William Woods University

  • Conducted a coat and blanket drive in conjunction with Rotaract

  • Provided meals at the Soup Kitchen

  • Sponsored numerous American Red Cross blood drives, partnering with Fulton Medical Center

  • Sponsored three students to attend RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards)

  • Sponsored four students to attend Student Government Day

  • Sponsored students to attend 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 with the G. W. Law Award.

  • Sponsored a local student to study abroad in Belgium for one year

  • Sponsored a student from Belgium to study in Fulton for one year

  • Planted 80+ trees at Fulton Public School buildings

 

Internationally, we work with Humanity for Children (formerly the Rwanda Community Partnership), which has helped construct medical clinics in Rwanda.  We assisted with the establishment of 19 micro-loan projects to help the people become self-sustaining and we co-sponsored a fundraiser to purchase solar study lamps for children in Rwanda.  We also provided start-up support for the first Rotary Club in Kibungo.  We currently are working on a global grant project to reduce the mortality rate of mothers and infants among the Maasai in Tanzania.  We also support the Rotary Foundation and PolioPlus, Rotary’s most ambitious program to date.  Rotary has played a leadership role in bringing the world to the brink of polio eradication.

 

Belonging to a Rotary club provides members with an opportunity to give back to their communities and to connect with like-minded leaders and friends.  People join Rotary for many reasons, including community involvement, personal development, professional networking, and camaraderie.  But perhaps the most important benefit is the satisfaction you gain from making a real difference in your community and in the world.  Together, we empower youth, improve health, promote peace, and advance our communities in all corners of the globe.  With 1.2 million members in 34,000 clubs worldwide, our impact has never been greater.

 

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 Ohana’s Pizzeria.  We also have an evening satellite club for those unable to make meetings during the day.  That group meets on the second Monday of each month from 6 to 7 at a location that is announced each month.  For information on either group, contact us at info@fultonrotary-mo.org.

 

Rotary:  Service Above Self

 

Deborah Buss Laughlin

Deborah Buss Laughlin

Rotary Club of Fulton, MO

President 2018-2019

President 2021-2022

 

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