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January is Rotary Awareness Month

Columbia club was chartered in 1935. It helps the community in many ways, from LWC Scholarships, to charitable giving, service work, annual breakfast, and assistance with other civic organizations drives. New members are welcome.

By George Kolbenschlag
News from Columbia Rotary Club

Americans are measurably the most giving folks on the planet. We give more money and more volunteer time to charitable organizations than any other country on the globe. Both as individuals and as members of churches, schools and service clubs, we Americans believe in serving others.

The country's oldest and largest service club, Rotary International, celebrates January as Rotary Awareness month. Rotarians have been actively serving this and other communities throughout the World for many years.

Since it was founded in 1905 in Chicago, Rotary has grown to embrace over 1.2 million Rotarians in about 32,000 clubs in 200 countries--all dedicated to serving their communities.

Columbia Rotary Club chartered in 1935

The Columbia Rotary Club was chartered in 1935--one of the earliest clubs in the state. It has been meeting weekly (with occasional summer breaks) since that time.

The Club is above all a service club, embracing Rotary International's motto, "Service Above Self." The Columbia Club traditionally serves the community in many ways.

Columbia Club gave $7,000 for LWC scholarships

This past year Columbia Rotarians gave Lindsey Wilson College $7,000 for scholarships for Adair County High School Students. That money came from south-central Kentuckians who participated in the club's annual radio auction. The auction will be held again this year in April.

Sausage and Eggs Breakfast a tradition

In addition to the auction, Columbia Rotarians gather the first Saturday in December every year to open the Christmas in Columbia celebration with its sausage and egg breakfast at the downtown Baptist Church.

They also sponsor a "Feed 'em Beans" lunch on April 15, Tax Day, at the Columbia United Methodist Church, and several other fund-raisers each year.

The proceeds support local charitable causes. Rotarians are also active in a number of other community services including Kentucky's Green River Watershed Watch water quality monitoring , helping the local library and sponsoring a scout troop. Rotarians also participate in Relay for Life, Salvation Army's Christmas Red Kettle collections, and the local food pantry.

Rotary is a service club first, but it's also an opportunity to meet and eat with friends from Adair County that you otherwise may not see very often if at all.

Rotary meets every Monday, usually at the Lindsey Wilson College Dining Center for dinner and a short program. The club always welcomes new members.

You can find out more about Rotary International at The local club is currently updating its Web site which will be back on line later this month at .

For further information you may also contact club president George Kolbenschlag at

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