Tom Cooper, President - Elizabethtown Rotary Club
Welcome to the Elizabethtown Rotary Club web site. Our club of 90+ members is part of Rotary International, the world’s premier service organization.
RI President-elect Gary C.K. Huang chose “Light Up Rotary” as the theme for 2014-15. Huang was inspired by the teachings of Chinese philosopher Confucius who said: "It is better to light a single candle, than to sit and curse the darkness." Rotarians across the planet work to bring light to our world; one member at a time.
The Elizabethtown Rotary Club mirrors this sentiment. We are a club of doers and givers. Regardless of how much you have to contribute to the cause of Rotary, our club accumulates and magnifies these contributions. In the end, the Elizabethtown Rotary Club accomplishes amazing things through our members. These accomplishments make a significant difference in the lives of those in need, less fortunate, and in search of compassion.
Our major service initiatives ensure that we have an impact in our local community, within our state, and beyond our international borders.
Rotary Smiles! is our signature local effort which provides free dental screening and treatment for over 1,300 third graders in the Hardin County and Elizabethtown school systems. Rotary Shares is our regional effort in partnership with the Feeding America Backpack Program. This effort provides nutritious meals for over 700 disadvantaged children. Rotary Cares is the Living Waters Guatemala Project which provides clean drinking water to over 24,000 villagers who would otherwise face disease and death. Our Living Waters team of Rotarians have installed 10 clean water systems and have plans for 3 more this year.
This is not the limit of our outreach. We also participate in the Districtwide effort: Shoes for Orphan Soles. We look forward to meeting the challenge of three new pairs of shoes per member for orphans and vulnerable children in the United States and throughout the world. At Christmas, we participate in a Bicycle Drive to give disadvantaged kids a chance to experience the thrill of a bike ride. In addition, we fund regular scholarships to local high school seniors. We are a very active club! We want to be that candle that brings light, right here and afar.
The history of our club (and Rotary in general) is one of service and support for those who need it. We continue to dedicate ourselves to those same longstanding passions and values. The Elizabethtown Rotary Club has always been a cornerstone of local leadership, and a glowing example of the character and dedication of our local community. We are committed to the task of continuing that same proud tradition.
This is just a glimpse of the excitement surrounding the Elizabethtown Rotary Club. As a visitor to our website; I encourage you to look over our history page to see many of the events our club has been a part of, check out our upcoming events to see what we have going on in the near future.?