We'd like to to tell you about Rotary, both locally where we make an impact right here in Marietta and globally where we work to improve the lives of people in places we may never visit.

 
Rotary Club of Marietta does so much for our community. It’s an exciting opportunity for people to realize both service and personal growth.
Almost everyone has heard of Rotary, but unless you are a Rotarian or know someone who is, you may wonder, “What is Rotary anyway?” Rotary is a non-political and non-sectarian international organization of 1.2 million professional and business leaders who gather to advance good will and peace through service around the world.
Ethics are important in Rotary and symbolized by the Four Way Test we recite at every meeting:
1. Is it the truth?
2. Is it fair to all concerned?
3. Will it build goodwill and better friendships?
4. Will it be beneficial to all concerned?
High standards are critical to Rotarians in their personal, professional and community lives.
Service is key. Our motto is “Service Above Self”, and we mean it.
Fellowship is a big benefit to Rotary membership. One makes new friends, learns about success and challenges in our mid-Ohio valley, and works with people of all ages and experience both in and outside of regular meetings. There are no political, gender, color or religious barriers.  We meet on common ground for the better good.
Clubs are the basic unit of the International Rotary organization. In the mid-Ohio valley, we have four clubs, and Rotary Club of Marietta is the largest and second oldest. Our ninety members meet every Thursday at noon for lunch and a program at the Lafayette Hotel.
What does Rotary Club of Marietta do for our community? I bet you know about some of these activities: Safetytown for unique safety education of area 5-year-olds, book giveaways and promoting children’s literacy, blue historical markers near Marietta oldest sites, the largest area secondary education (college and trades) scholarship program for area high school seniors, and co-sponsorship of the new teen Interact club at Marietta High School. We also sponsor youth and young business professional international exchanges. These are just some of the highlights of our club’s year.
What about Rotary International?  Rotary Club of Marietta is proud to be part of a big global network that provides humanitarian service and advances peace and goodwill. Our largest program today is PolioPlus, an initiative that has nearly eradicated the scourge of paralyzing polio around the world. We have worked for 30 years and given more than a billion dollars and countless volunteer hours to get so very close to our goal.
Rotary International also: runs eight international centers for the study of peace and conflict resolution; sponsors youth international exchange programs; funds local clean water, housing, food, education and health projects in developing countries everywhere. We have been proud to see personally our gold Rotary wheel logo in such diverse locations as a village well in India, an eye clinic in Nepal, a bicycle transport company in Cambodia, a school for AIDS orphans in South Africa.
Rotary is an incredible opportunity for personal growth, fellowship and service. If you would like information on how to join us, call 740/350-2323. We would love to tell you more.