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"Service Above Self" -- the Rotary motto

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 30,000 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 the first object of Rotary 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.

Imagine what you could do if you had 1.2 million friends searching for ways to improve the world.
That is the Rotary reality!

 

As powerful as the international component of Rotary is, it is just one of the Five Avenues of Service we pursue:

  • 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)

 

The Idaho Falls club is proud to have been serving our community, state and world since February 4, 1918. The club -- 380th of the 33,000+ -- and it's 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 club is involved in local activities throughout the year.

Our best known endeavor is the Great Snake River Green Belt Duck Race. Since 1991, this project has been raising money to help grow the Greenbelt where the beautiful Snake River makes it's 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 $750,000 -- and was leveraged to over $2,000,000 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 town -- and have fun taking our motto seriously: "Service Above Self."

 
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