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Rotary Happenings: In terms of projects and accomplishments, 2017 was a very good year

By Staff | Jan 3, 2018

Happy New Year 2018! Wow, what a remarkable year 2017 was in so many ways, but for Islanders the most unbelievable happening was keeping Hurricane Irma at-bay. For Sanibel-Captiva Rotary it was having the most successful Rotary Arts & Crafts Fair ever; allowing the club to use the proceeds from this fundraising event to financial support humanitarian and service projects locally, nationally, and globally, along with college scholarshipsestimated giving funding of over $100,000 for 2017.

Currently our San-Cap Rotary Arts & Crafts Fair committee is well into the planning of the 2018 Arts & Crafts Fair and don’t miss this one; it is going to be outstanding with over 120 amazing artisan booths and the largest silent-auction event on the Islands with an incredible array of exceptional items. And if shopping makes you hungry take a break and visit the outstanding food booths located within the Community Park section of the Fair. So, mark your calendarPresident’s Day WeekendSat., Feb. 17, 2018 and Sun., Feb. 18, 2018Sanibel-Captiva Rotary Arts & Crafts Fair.

Now that the New Year is here, why not think about joining Rotary? It is a positive action-packed non-profit service oriented organization with powerful outcomes for the benefit of so many people world-wide. Rotary members believe that we have a shared responsibility to act on the world’s most persistent issues. Our 35,000+ clubs work together to: Promote peace – Fight disease (POLIO) – Provide clean water, sanitation, and hygiene Focus on mothers and children health issues Support education Grow local economies.

Why join Rotary?

* Professional NetworkingA founding principle of Rotary was to meet periodically to enjoy camaraderie and enlarge one’s circle of business and professional acquaintances.

* Service OpportunitiesClub members have many opportunities for humanitarian service, both locally and internationally. Service programs address such concerns as health care, hunger, poverty, illiteracy, and environment.

* International AwarenessWith more than 31,000 Rotary clubs in over 160 countries. Rotarians gain an understanding of humanitarian issues through there service projects and exchange programs. One of Rotary’s highest objectives is building goodwill and peace throughout the world by doing so.

* FriendshipRotary was founded on fellowship, an ideal that remains a major attraction of membership today.

* Good Citizenshipweekly Rotary club programs keep members informed about what is taking place in the community, nation, and world and motivated to make a difference.

* Family FoundationsRotary sponsors some of the world’s largest youth exchange, education exchange, and scholarship programs. Rotary clubs provide innovative training opportunities and mentoring for young leaders and involve family members in a wide range of social and service activities.

* EntertainmentSocial activities give Rotarians a chance to let loose and have fun.

* Ethical EnvironmentEncouraging high ethical standards in one’s profession and respect for all worthy vocations has been a hallmark of Rotary from its earliest days. In their business and professional lives, Rotarians abide by The Four-Way Test: of the things we think, say or do1. Is it the truth 2. Is it fair to all concerned? 3. Will it build goodwill and better friendships? 4. Will it be beneficial to all concerned?

* LeadershipRotary is an organization of successful business professional and business owners who have experience or are interested in building knowledge with team building, fundraising, public speaking, planning, organization, and communication skills and further how to use these skills for the good. They learn how to motivate, inspire, and guide others.

* Diversity in MembershipRotary’s classification system ensures that a club’s membership represents a variety of the community’s professional men and women, including leaders in business, industry, the arts, government, sports, military, and religions. Rotary clubs are nonpolitical, nonreligious, and open to all cultures, races, and creeds.

Why is our club growing?

Somewhere and on some level, we are connecting with like-minded individuals, who see the importance of what our club is doing toward helping our community and communities world-wide. Our club pays attention to world-concernsclean water, maternal and child health, the need for disease prevention, economic community development, prosperity, education/literacy, and world-peace. We start with our local community, but these concerns are world-widewe are one people and we share common problems. Sanibel-Captiva Rotary offers a way for club members to give back and to help make this world a better place. Rotarians come from many professions and to quote a portion of RI President, John F. Germ’s words “we need men and women of all backgrounds, ages, cultures, and professions that come from every city, country, and region of the world. The better our clubs reflect their communities, the better we can serve them. Diversity is our strength.”

The Sanibel-Captiva Rotary meets at 7 a.m. for breakfast with meeting to follow at the Dunes Golf & Tennis Club. Guests are always welcome.