Rotary offers all of us an opportunity to do good in our community, our country and our world.
What is Rotary? It is an organization where thousands of local clubs meet for breakfast, lunch or dinner to foster the ideals of fellowship and contributing to serve communities in need. This ideal is best expressed in Rotary’s motto: "Service Above Self”. This is best embraced in a code of ethics called the 4 Way Test. Of the things we think, say or do:
Is it the Truth?
Is it Fair to all concerned?
Will it build Goodwill and Better Friendships?
Will it be Beneficial to all concerned?
The Rotary spirit of doing good in the world resulted in the establishment of an endowment fund to provide educational programs and humanitarian grants. This endowment fund is now known as The Rotary Foundation and may best be known for contributing over $950,000,000 toward the eradication of Polio in the world since 1985. The Foundation also funds humanitarian projects all over the world to address issues of illiteracy, hunger, the need for clean water and helping children at risk.
Our Mt Pleasant Rotary Club participates by both Club and individual contributions to the Foundation. We participate in grants that fund literacy programs in our community as well as matching grants in Zimbabwe, S. Africa and India to fund water and literacy projects for children. Our Club sponsors Foundation Scholarships for young men and women to study abroad as Ambassadors of Rotary and our Club. Our Club directly provides scholarships for up to seven East Cooper area students to attend universities and technical colleges. Our Club also sponsors Rotary Happy Feet where free shoes are provided to children in the Mount Pleasant/East Cooper Area. We also participate in Back Pack Buddies providing nourishing food for the weekend to selected area studentsat three elementary schools..
The theme for the 2015-2016 is "Be a Gift to the World". Our Club shares its time, its people and its resources to help make our community, our country and our world a better place. Rotarians have high ethical standards and recognize the need to serve others in promoting the advancement of international understanding, goodwill and peace in the world.
Please join us in this effort and make our world a better place.