ELIZABETHTOWN — On Wednesday the Elizabethtown Rotary Club discussed the changes they are making as one of the 35,000 Rotary Clubs in the world. District Annual Foundation Chair John Mohr presented a report of the impact the Rotary Clubs are having.
Mohr said, “I love getting out to the clubs. They say that’s where the rubber meets the road.”
Rotary started as a social club between three business men according to Mohr. They rotated to each other’s offices and that’s how the club became known as the Rotary Club.
However, Mohr said, “If you look at the impact all the clubs are having in the world, that is where Rotary really gets it’s name.”
The mission statement of the Rotary Foundation is to enable Rotarians to advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through the improvement of health, the support of education, and the alleviation of poverty.
Mohr said “Our mission could be stated in much simpler terms as, the mission is to do good in the world.”
Rotary focus areas are promoting peace, fighting disease, providing clean water, and saving mothers and children, supporting education, and growing local economies.
There are two Rotary Clubs in Bladen County. One in Elizabethtown which meets every Wednesday and one in Bladenboro that meets every Monday.
Some of the changes the two clubs make in our communities are they provide scholarships to our youth, they provide dictionaries to every 3rd grader in Bladen County, contribute to fighting diseases, and staying true to their beliefs in “Service before Self.”