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Columbia Rotary Club seeks new members

By Ted Caldwell
Columbia KY Rotary International

This is a call to arms, bodies and souls! Citizens of Columbia and Adair County, I pray you will remember our past. Our combined dedication to God and country. We have fought with courage in all the wars with a large number of losses that have affected every family in the area.

Yet, we continue to give. At home we mobilized and sacrificed to provide for our sons and daughters no longer here to help with the work so required for our daily existence. Our churches flourished. Our civic organizations like Kiwanis, Rotary, and the Masonic Lodges grew in numbers and wealth. We used resources to build a better Columbia. Parks were built, the Rotary put in the community swimming pool, and there are more to come!

But why am I calling you to arms? For the past 20 to 30 years, our Civic organizations have collapsed and closed. Yes, the Masons are still here but in far fewer numbers. Kiwanis have fallen years ago. Even the Boy Scouts are struggling. Yes, we have interest in our children; therefore, sports and band excel. But despite our efforts, a large part of our excelling children plan not to stay here in our rural community but would rather move to greener pastures, "anywhere but here". But we still have a large part of our citizens who are poor and food insecure. This has reached, in recent years, so grave a point that our schools give free meals to all students. Medicaid rates are high and the various forms of social assistance have skyrocketed. We have become complacent. Hoping that others take up the slack when there are no expectations for them to do so. We do not bother checking on our neighbors. We throw litter everywhere while expecting someone else to pick it up. Fewer take pride in their homes or farms. This needs to end. WE NEED YOU! We need your time and sometimes your money. But most importantly, we need your time and we need your willingness to want to make a difference in Columbia and serving others first. Not much nor often but the willingness to help others is so important.

What can you do? If you belong to a church, talk to your pastor. See what he thinks your parish can do to help. If you belong to one of the few raining interest groups like Garden Club, 4H, or The Heritage Association, re-commit and recruit. While the Masons cannot actively recruit members, they are ready for you to ask them for membership.

The Columbia Rotary Club is one of the oldest clubs in the area, serving the community since 1935. The Rotary encourages high ethical standards in all vocations and helps build goodwill and peace in the world. The motto for Rotary is "Service above Self" and it is time to lay that as our foundation and we need your help! By joining the Columbia Rotary Club, you will get to work with others in addressing community needs, establish contact with local and an international network of professional business men and women, involve your family in promoting service efforts, and assist with Rotary International's humanitarian service efforts. If you have any interest in joining and helping our club, please do not hesitate to contact our President, Catherine Wibbels at 502-439-6601 or myself, Ted Caldwell at 606-787-4001. We look forward to hearing from you. We truly believe that, together, we can do amazing things within Rotary and in our community!

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