Service above Self
Service above self – this is the Rotary International motto. Rotary International is a worldwide organization of over 1.2 million leaders who come together to create positive, lasting change in their local communities and around the globe.
The Eradication of Polio
The Global Eradication Initiative is the stated mission of Rotary International to see the eradication of polio worldwide. Rotary, along with their parters, has reduced polio cases by 99.9 percent worldwide since the first project to vaccinate children in the Philippines in 1979. Rotarians have helped immunize more than 2.5 billion children against polio in 122 countries. They are close to eradicating polio and work tirelessly to protect children against polio forever.
The Athens Rotary Club has been a cornerstone for community partnership and civic service in Athens since its founding in 1937. Over 120 members strong today, Athens Rotary works to improve the lives of the people of Athens and Limestone County year after year.
The Athens City Schools Interact Club
In an effort to empower young people in our community to take action, become leaders and develop a global perspective, our local Athens Rotary Club initiated the sponsorship of the Interact Club. Interact clubs are an extension of Rotary specifically designed for young people ages 12-18. There are 20,372 Interact clubs in 159 countries around the world. The newly formed Athens Interact club is bringing together high school students to develop strong leadership skills while discovering the power of the Rotary motto, Service above Self.
After much work, many meetings and lots of planning on the part of sponsors Barry Hickman, Britley Brown and Shannon Carter, Interact was officially introduced. The club was presented as an option to the student body this spring. It received a tremendous response, and 38 students have since signed up to join Interact. In April, the club selected their first slate of officers.
Interact Club Officers
- Reagan Boyett, President
- Slaton Black, Vice President
- Emily Gaines, Secretary
- Sarah James Morgan, Treasurer
The club will benefit from the leadership of the Athens City Schools Interact Advisors, counselor Shannon Carter and business teacher Lori Jones. The club members will be mentored and guided by the Interact Board of Directors. These are Rotarians who will guide Interactors as they carry out their projects.
Interact Board of Directors
- Bill Ward, Rotary President
- Barry Hamilton
- Barry Hickman
- Britley Brown
- Marth Jo Leonard
- Sally Marks
- Pat King
- Kurt Leopard
The Four-Way Test
Directly from Rotary International comes The Four-Way Test. It speaks to the guiding principles of Rotary and, by extension, Interact. These principles have been developed over the years to provide a strong, common purpose and direction for members. They serve as a foundation for Rotary and Interact relationships with one another and the action the members pledged take in the world. While it is the unofficial oath of Rotarians, The Four-Way Test are truly words to live by for anyone who wishes to do good and be good in the world.
The Four-Way Test is a nonpartisan and nonsectarian ethical guide for Rotarians to use for their personal and professional relationships. The test has been translated into more than 100 languages, and Rotarians and Interactors recite it at club meetings:
Of the things we think, say or do:
- Is it the TRUTH?
- Is it FAIR to all concerned?
- Will it build GOODWILL and BETTER FRIENDSHIPS?
- Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?
What to look for from these Interactors
The Interact Club will organize at least two projects annually – one that helps Athens City Schools or the community and one that promotes international understanding. The sky is the limit for these students and the projects they will develop. We look forward with great anticipation to see the good works of our new Interactors. Thank you for your service.