The Rotary Club of Clinton Arkansas has been serving our community for the past eight years. Founded in 2009 the Rotary Club’s mission is to support our local youth by scholarships and by helping fund and support activities for the youth in our community. Our local Rotary Club is a fairly new chapter but the origins of this group can be traced back to 1905 in Chicago when attorney Paul Harris called together their first meeting. The first meeting of the Rotary was attended by six local businessmen and they came about the name “Rotary” because initially they rotated subsequent weekly club meetings to each other’s offices. This practice of rotating meetings would be short lived due to within the club becoming so large that a central meeting place would be necessary but through this change the name would stay and their newly formed club would be known from here on out as Rotary.
The object of Rotary is to encourage and foster the ideal of service as a basis of worthy enterprise and, in particular, to encourage and foster the development of acquaintance as an opportunity for service, high ethical standards in business and professions, the recognition of the worthiness of all useful occupations, and the dignifying of each Rotarian’s occupation as an opportunity to serve society, the application of the ideal of service in each Rotarian’s personal, business, and community life, and the advancement of international understanding, goodwill, and peace through a world fellowship of business and professional persons united in the ideal of service. The Rotarian objective is set against the Rotary Four-Way Test developed by entrepreneur Herbert Taylor during the great depression as guidelines for restoring struggling business and was later adopted as the standard of ethics in 1942. The 4-way test asks: Is it the truth, Is it fair to all concerned, Will it build goodwill and better friendships, and will it be beneficial to all concerned?
The Rotary Club on an international level has many accomplishments with some of the most notable being their work to help establish the United Nations where upwards of fifty Rotarians served as delegates, advisors, and consultants, its PolioPlus program to help eradicate polio worldwide, the Rotary Youth Exchange and student exchange program for students in secondary education, Rotary Scholarships, Rotary Peace Centers, and Rotary Literacy Programs. While our local chapter helps support all these great causes they also are hard at work at the local level educating our local members with speakers, producing the homecoming media guides for our local Van Buren County high schools, as well as funding local schools Beta and FFA chapters. Clinton Rotary has awarded over $27,000 in scholarships to local youth last year. It’s current fundraiser underway is a gun raffle with weekly drawings. Your local Rotary Chapter meets Wednesdays at the Western Sizzler at noon.