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What Is Service Above Self?

If you didn't know, since 1910 the Rotary motto has been "Service Above Self." Rotarian's are encouraged to to foster and promote a sense of service to others in the community; locally & globally. A community of individuals worldwide working to solve 6 critical issues:

1. Disease prevention and treatment 2. Water and sanitation 3. Maternal and child health 4. Basic Education and literacy 5. Economic and community development 6. Peace and conflict resolution.

Who's is a Rotarian?

Any individual that wants to serve others. A Rotary club is a civic organization comprised of business & professional leaders providing humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, helping build goodwill and peace in communities around the world.

Worldwide, approximately 1.2 million Rotarian's belong to more than 34,000 Rotary clubs.

For the Apex Rotary Club, we are almost 60! We are civic group, but also friends & neighbors working on local projects as well as supporting international initiatives.

This sesquicentennial story seemed fitting to share during National Volunteer Month, since I've made some amazing friends over the past 16 years through Rotary.

While our club has been involved in many projects over the years- many locals know us for the annual Christmas Parade in Apex. We put in work months, weeks & days before the parade and it's an all hands on deck day- starting with the pancake breakfast in the am, followed by fun activities around The Depot in the hours leading up to parade. These events and others we sponsor or host during the year offer fun ways to engage and raise money for club programing.

Recently our club was honored with a Think Apex Award! Club members Chris Hilt and club President Dan Gibson were on hand to receive the award from Mayor Gilbert, the Apex Town Council and former council-woman Dozier.

Long-time member Cat Kearns shared these thoughts on what it means to be a member of our club. "I Love the community focus, the networking of friends, and the worldwide sister and brotherhood as well as, our own local club longevity looking into the future while honoring the past 60 years of Apex Rotary. What a story this club has to tell of members past and present." In reflecting on our past, I am reminded of Harvey Montague, one of charter members, who once shared with me that business leaders should be part of our club as a way to give back to the community that supports their business.

Join us one Thursday from 12:30-1:30 at Carrabba's to learn more about our club & Rotary.

Did you miss our last 150 story? Check it out here.

I, Olivia, joined the Apex Rotary Club back in 2008

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