Rotary International is a worldwide volunteer organization of 1.2 million business and professional leaders united to provide “service above self.” There are over 32,000 Rotary Clubs, including the Rotary Club of Weston, in more than 200 countries. On an international basis the members of each club address challenges such as the eradication of Polio, illiteracy,  disease, hunger, poverty, lack of clean water and natural disasters. The Rotary Club of Weston is a part of these Rotary International initiatives, and we are proud of our local efforts in Broward and Weston. The Rotary Golf Tournament has raised almost a million dollars for scholarships granted to Western and Cypress Bay High Schools. The Get Fit Run for Tomorrow staged each December, unites the City, the business community and our Club in an exciting program that promotes wellness and fitness and creates fitness programs for children. Rotary and the City annually stage a free concert attended by thousands.

I am honored to have been named Membership Chair as membership is the lifeblood of any club. Membership in Rotary is an honor and a privilege. Rotarians espouse high ethical standards in their vocations and are motivated to serve their communities. What led me to the Rotary Club of Weston? I was looking for a way to give back to my community. A friend invited me to one of the Club’s Thursday breakfast meeting at the Weston Hills Country Club. I was immediately impressed by the friendliness of the members and lifted by the positive energy in the room. I soon became a member and felt I had gained over 100 new friends almost immediately. My appreciation of Weston and my neighbors soared as did my choices of opportunities to become involved with community service programs that really made a difference. In my four years I have served on our Board of Directors and as Club Secretary. My husband, spurred by my excitement for what I was doing, soon became a member himself and reinvigorated one of our very active community service programs, Life Net4 Families-Cooperative Feeding Program. Like all Rotarians, I am part of the Rotary Foundation’s worldwide endeavors, but locally we are involved with programs for the VA, the Susan B Anthony Recovery Center and Insync With Autism. We host exchange students, we honor high school scholars and achievers each month – and that is to name but a few of our activities.

Each weekly breakfast meeting is an exciting gathering of friends. We have extraordinary guest presenters who bring us unique insights and perspectives on a wide array of useful topics. Recently, many fellow Rotarians completed an excellent CERT course- a disaster preparedness program- instructed by the City of Weston’s Fire Chief and fellow Rotarian. We have an active, energetic club which rewards our involvement with a sense of belonging, social interaction, and fulfillment. Almost all our first time guests ask why they didn’t know about this exciting Club sooner. So my job is to spread the news and attract those special people who can qualify for membership and who want to do something more for their community and the world in a respected, engaged, and supportive environment.

(Contact Membership Chair Denise Schultz (deniseschultz@allstate.com )   or President Carolyn Burk (ceverestburk@yahoo.com )