Rotary is an organization of business and professional leaders united worldwide who provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and help build goodwill and peace in the world. In more than 160 countries worldwide, approximately 1.2 million Rotarians belong to more than 30,000 Rotary clubs.
The Holly Springs Rotary Club is a local branch that represents a cross-section of the community's professional men and women working together to serve various organizations in need. Because Holly Springs, NC is not a large community, it is even more crucial to have the support of a Rotary Club that can provide planned and organized support that would normally not be in place.
The Holly Springs Rotary Club brings the outstanding principles of Rotary to our local community through building strong relationships and planning events that will raise desperately needed funds or materials. The other valuable contribution is the time that goes into planning and serving at each event. The Holly Springs Club is one of the newer Rotary clubs in the Triangle, but now having eight years under our belt has blessed us with having a solid framework in place to greatly impact Holly Springs throughout each year!
The main objective of Rotary is service — in the community, in the workplace, and throughout the world. Rotarians develop community service projects that address many of today's most critical issues, such as children at risk, poverty and hunger, the environment, illiteracy, and violence. They also support programs for youth, educational opportunities and international exchanges for students, teachers, and other professionals, and vocational and career development. The Rotary motto is Service Above Self.
The photo above was taken at the Holly Springs Rotary booth at Holly Fest, where we gave one very lucky winner the choice to either take this 2010 Toyota Camry, or $20,000 cash! The auto raffle was the club's biggest event ever raising close to $25,000! The primary charity was the Wake County Autism Society.
Although Rotary clubs develop autonomous service programs, all Rotarians worldwide are united in a campaign for the global eradication of polio. In the 1980s, Rotarians raised US$240 million to immunize the children of the world; by 2005, Rotary's centenary year and the target date for the certification of a polio-free world, the PolioPlus program will have contributed US$500 million to this cause. In addition, Rotary has provided an army of volunteers to promote and assist at national immunization days in polio-endemic countries around the world.
Find out more about Rotary by visiting the Rotary International web site.