About Our Club
The Rotary Club of Oconee County was chartered in 1980 with 21 charter members - 5 are still members (all with continuous service). Membership has grown in spurts with a high of 47 in the first decade, 58 in the second decade and 76 as of January 2017. Average weekly attendance is approximately 60 members.
Membership in Rotary International is member-sponsored and made up of men and women of ethical character with professional, business/industry leadership and academic careers. The goal is to have a very broad cross-section of professions represented for intellectual understanding and personal growth. Current members consist of business owners, lawyers, accountants, engineers, college professors/administrators, educational leaders at all grade levels, government leaders (local and state), and other professionals.
Each weekly program (other than quarterly business meetings, vocational visits, and special activities) consists of a speaker(s) from various organizations in community, state, nation and international venues providing provocative information of interest to our members. Of course, the near proximity of the University of Georgia and state government in Atlanta allows for many programs on a variety of topical subjects. Nationally recognized personalities have been known to visit us now and then.
The roots of Rotary International are based on service to others. In this respect, we provide service and support to many organizations and groups within the community, nation and world.
Locally, we have a strong history of supporting youth groups and literacy projects. We have an ongoing project of building ramps for handicap/wheelchair-bound individuals to gain access in and out of their homes. We support our school system with a variety of assistance both financial and structural. We also participate in projects that tend to improve the ecosystems of the area.
Nationally and internationally, we support groups dealing with disasters of all types - hurricanes, floods, droughts, etc. Through the Rotary Foundation we have been contributing to the eradication of polio throughout the world since the 1988 with the PolioPlus Program and today, only a few thousand cases of polio remain mostly in inaccessible remote areas.
Please visit our Rotary District 6910 website http://www.rotarydistrict6910.org and Rotary International website http://www.rotary.org/ to learn more about Rotary International, the largest service organization in the world.