Join the Rotary to Meet Your 20 Hour Service Requirement

External Vice-President Eric Rader

If you are a faculty member who is considering how to fulfill your community service requirement, you might consider joining the Rotary Club.  There are several clubs in the Dearborn-Dearborn Heights area.  Since 2012, I have been a member of the Rotary Club of Dearborn.  Our club meets for lunch at Park Place Catering every Thursday from 11:30-12:45 p.m.  There is a weekly program featuring a speaker from a civic or non-profit organization in the area, and members get a chance to learn about interesting things happen in Dearborn and surrounding communities.  In addition to our weekly meetings, members participate in a number of local volunteer service projects.  Among the activities we sponsor are the annual Santa Snaps fundraiser during December at the Wayne County Lightfest, the Fishing Derby during the city of Dearborn’s annual Homecoming festival, and the seasonal cleanup along a stretch of Telegraph Road during the warmer months.  In addition to the various volunteer activities, members can join the club’s service committees and help with planning for our charitable efforts in the community.  The Dearborn Rotary Foundation funds thousands of dollars in scholarships for area high school students, and we are always looking for educators to serve on the Foundation’s scholarship committees.

Recently, another Rotary club has begun meeting in Dearborn.  Since many professionals in the area cannot arrange to attend a lunch meeting due to their work commitments, several individuals started the Hines Park PM Rotary Club last August.  This club meets every Thursday evening at 5:30 p.m. for a light dinner and drinks, at either Bailey’s Pub or Buddy’s Pizza.  The Hines Club is very informal, yet is still committed to the Rotary Four-Way Test and to the principle of “service above self” that guides Rotary at the international level.  Since this club is relatively new, its members have focused on partnering with Dearborn Rotary and other area clubs in their service projects, while also establishing a few of its own efforts.  Its weekly meetings are a great chance to meet with other professionals in a casual atmosphere.  The Hines Club currently has a membership of about 15 people.  Since Rotary International requires that a club have at least 25 active members to be an officially chartered club, the Hines Club is actively seeking out new members.  If you join this club, you can have a hand in establishing its direction and focus with regard to community service.

Please consider membership in Rotary as a way to fulfill your community service requirement.  You will meet influential people in the Dearborn community while getting a chance to perform valuable service.  You should also remember that all 1650 members have access to a Community Service Fund under our contract, which provides reimbursement for service club dues and meals.  If you have questions about any of the Dearborn area Rotary clubs, please contact me at ewrader@hfcc.edu.

Rotary Club of Dearborn website: http://www.dearbornrotary.org/

Hines Park PM Rotary Club Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/719928221470750/

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