Our Mission The Rotary Club of Des Moines and Normandy Park is an association of community leaders who are making our community and the world a better place to live, learn, work and play.

The Rotary Four-Way Test Rotarians strive to live by the Four-Way Test in all we do:

•    Is it the truth?

•    Is it fair to all concerned?

•    Does it build good will and better friendships

•    Is it beneficial to all concerned?

 

 

Why Join? There's something that all Rotary club members have in common: We take action. As community  volunteers, we reach out to neighbors in need. We build, support, and organize. We save lives. We work locally and globally.

Around the world and around the corner,the 1.2 million men and women of Rotary

•     Get involved in their communities

•     Connect with other professionals

•     Share their time and experience with young people

•     Support global causes, such as eradicating polio

•     Use their skills to help others Whether  you're a veteran volunteer  or new to community service, we're looking for people like you.

 

Whether it is community work, networking or friendship, community leaders are drawn to Rotary for a variety of reasons.

 

   Responsibilities of Membership Rotary club membership carries with it the responsibility to participate fully as a member.

•        Members are expected to attend SO percent of weekly programs of the club. Opportunities  to make up attendance include attending the regular              meeting of another Rotary club,attending various other Rotary meetings, attending a club service project authorized by the club board of directors, or on line   make ups.

•        Members are required to pay annual dues and for meals at weekly club meetings.

•        Members are expected to participate  in local or international activities or projects of the Rotary Club.

•        Members are expected to participate on at least one committee  within their clubs. Financial Obligations

•        One-time initiation fee:$150.00 • Annual dues: $220 (billed at $110 every six months)

•        Weekly lunches:$14.00 per week (Beverage-only is $8.00 per week)

•        Every Rotarian Every Year Rotary (EREY} contribution to the Rotary Foundation: All members are encouraged to make a contribution of $100 to the       Rotary Foundation annually to support humanitarian projects of Rotary International. (The club covers the first year's EREY contribution for new members.}

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A Brief History of Rotary International

 

The world's first service club,the Rotary Club of Chicago, Illinois,USA, was formed on 23 February 1905  by Paul P. Harris, an attorney  who wished to recapture  in a professional club the same friendly  spirit he had felt in the small towns of his youth. The name "Rotary" derived from the early practice of rotating meetings among members' offices. Rotary's popularity  spread throughout the United States in the decade that followed; clubs were chartered from San Francisco to New York. By 1921, Rotary clubs had been formed on six continents, and the organization adopted the name Rotary International a year later. As Rotary grew, its mission expanded beyond serving the professional and social interests of club members. Rotarians began pooling  their  resources and contributing their  talents  to  help serve communities in need.  The organization's dedication to this ideal is best expressed in its principal motto   "Service  above  Self"  Rotary  also  later   embraced   a  code  of  ethics,  called  the   4- Way Test,that has been translated into hundreds of languages. In 1985 Rotary made a historic commitment  to immunize all of the world's children against polio.  Working in partnership  with nongovernmental organizations and national governments through its Polio Plus program, Rotary is the largest private-sector contributor  to the global polio eradication campaign. Rotarians have mobilized hundreds of thousands of Polio Plus volunteers and have immunized more than one billion children worldwide. By the 2005 target date for certification of polio free world,Rotary  will have contributed half a billion dollars to the cause. As it approached the dawn of the 21st century, Rotary worked to meet the changing needs of society, expanding its service effort  to address such pressing issues as environmental degradation, illiteracy, world hunger and children at risk. The Rotary Foundation The Rotary Foundation is a not-for-profit corporation that supports the efforts of Rotary International to achieve world understanding and peace through international humanitarian, educational, and cultural exchange programs. It is supported solely by voluntary contributions from Rotarians and friends of the foundation  who share its vision of a better world. The Foundation's Humanitarian  Programs fund international Rotary club and district projects to improve quality of life, providing health care, clean water, food, education and other essential needs primarily in the developing world. One of the major Humanitarian  Programs is Polio Plus, which seeks to eradicate the polio virus worldwide. Through its Educational Program, the  foundation provides  funding  for  some 1,200  students to study abroad each year. Grants are also awarded to  university teachers to teach in developing countries and for exchange of business and professional people.  

 

Des Moines/Normandy Park Rotary History

 

The Des Moines Rotary  Club, formed on February 20, 1958, is one of 46 clubs in District 5030 of Rotary  International. In 2015, the  club officially changed its name  to the  Rotary Club of Des Moines and Normandy Park. Membership in our  club  usually is roughly 50 men and  women and  consists of people who live  and/or work Des Moines and  Normandy Park. Our club meets at  noon on most Wednesdays at the 4-Points Sheraton on Pac Highway in Des Moines, WA. The weekly agenda includes lunch, introduction of guests and  visiting Rotarians, a little fun and  frivolity and, a guest  speaker. The meetings end  at 1:15  p.m. The business affairs of the  club  are managed by the  elected officers and a Board of Directors. Occasionally, a general membership business  meeting is held  either in place of the  Wednesday program or at a special  evening meeting. The club  holds  regular social events where club  members and their spouses/partners get better acquainted and  have fun  together. Since our club was founded, we have conducted many community service activities and, through Rotary International, many service  activities of an international nature. Rotary generally, and the Des Moines/Normandy Park Club in particular, has tended to orient its service  activities toward youth. Since the  future of our community, our nation, and the world will be determined by the youth of today, any effort that we can exert to improve understanding and communication among young people is certainly a constructive activity. Our  club annually awards scholarships to deserving high school graduates from Mt. Rainier High  School as well as current students at Highline College. We launched the  Poverty Bay Wine Festival in March, 2005  as our  major fundraiser. Since 2010, we have also held  the  Poverty Bay Blues and Brews  Festival  in August, primarily to benefit Highline Music4Life, which provides musical instruments for  low-income students attending Highline Public  Schools.