Idaho Falls Rotary Club – Serving our community, state and world since February 4, 1918!
Photo courtesy of city of Idaho Falls
The club, 380th of 33,000+, and its members have long been involved in nearly every charitable and non-profit activity in Idaho Falls and the region. Our membership of more than 175 helps us maintain a great cross-section of the community’s leaders.
Our best known endeavor is the Great Snake River Greenbelt Duck Race. Since 1991, this project has been raising money to help improve and grow the Greenbelt, where the beautiful Snake River makes its way through the heart of town. Typical of our projects, the money raised has been leveraged through grants both public and private. In the first 12 years, the race raised over $750K which was leveraged to over $2M in Greenbelt development. There are now nearly six miles of paved trail, a replica of the Taylor Toll Bridge and beautiful park amenities.
We are also involved in many smaller projects, from highway cleanup to bell ringing for the Salvation Army during the holidays. Let us know if you are involved in a service activity you’d like to present to our club.
We love our city and have fun taking our motto seriously!
“Service Above Self”
Rotary International is the world’s oldest service organization. Rotary began in 1905 when Paul Harris and three professional friends in different occupations began meeting for lunch once a week. There are now more than 30K clubs in more than 160 countries – comprised of more than 1.2 million Rotarians.
Rotary is often perceived as a business group rather than a public service organization. But one of Rotary purposes is the development of acquaintance as an opportunity for service. This is a simple but powerful concept: a club composed of service-minded leaders from many professions will have the perspective and wherewithal to get things done in many different areas.
- Club Fellowship (Because acquaintance is an opportunity to serve)
- Vocational Service (Promoting ethics and honoring the value of all vocations.)
- Community Service (“Think global. Act local!”)
- International Service (Promoting peace, understanding and opportunity.)
- Youth Service (Empowering youth and young professionals through leadership development programs such as Rotaract, Interact, Rotary Youth Leadership Awards and Rotary Youth Exchange.)