The Rotarian’s primary motto is “Service Above Self”; its secondary motto is “One profits most who serves best.”. Therefore it should be no surprise, that Community Service is often described as the “Heartbeat of Rotary”. At the Battle Ground Rotary Club, Community Service is a many-pronged effort to improve the quality of life within our local community.
Rotary’s commitment to Community Service grew out of the realization, early in the movement’s history, that something more than fellowship or the opportunity for business profit was necessary to sustain the interest of club members over a long period of time. From the very first Community Service Project in 1907, when founder Paul Harris led a campaign to have a public restroom installed at the city hall in Chicago, IL, USA, Rotarians have been making substantial and lasting contributions to the communities in which they live. To a large extent, Rotary’s reputation is built on the myriad of Community Service projects undertaken by Rotarians in their communities and abroad. The Rotary Club of Battle Ground is no exception.
Battle Ground Rotary Club works with members in the community and our club where we identify special needs or projects that meet the objectives of Rotary and present those needs or projects to the Rotary membership. Once identified, we organize, solicit and secure from the Rotary members and others the funds and the personal commitment of time required to meet the special needs or projects.
Because of the power of Rotary, BGRC has the ability to increase our financial contributions in our local community through application to the District 5100 Rotary organization for matching District Grants to support our local efforts as appropriate.
Two or three times a year, our Battle Ground Rotary Club members participate in community service projects around the Battle Ground and surrounding areas, where we will have 10-20 Rotarians to assist a nonprofit organization, for a single service day.
A sampling of the community service work in which our club participates or has participated in the last 3 years includes:
· Contributions of school supplies for North County School Readiness days
· North County Youth Football Scholarship and Equipment grants
· Battle Ground Health Care Equipment Grant and volunteer work
· Battle Ground Community Center grounds cleanup
· Senior citizen Yard Cleanup
· Children’s bicycles for Santa’s Posse at Christmas
· Highway 503 Trash Pickup from Eaton Road north to NW Onsdorff Blvd
· Salvation Army Bell Ringing
· Spring Tea for the Meals on Wheels at the Community Center
· Christmas Party for North County Food Bank Families (in collaboration with Lewis River Rotary)
Community Service Chair
Community Service Chair