Radford Noon Rotary Club to host recruitment luncheon Jan. 23
The Radford Noon Rotary Club will launch its 2013 membership drive with a special recruitment luncheon at noon on Jan. 23 at the Best Western Inn on Tyler Boulevard.
“The beginning of a new year is often a time of renewal when people think about personal development and about ways to contribute to the community,” said Monica Roman, club president. “I can think of no better way to start that process than by becoming involved in Rotary. Our club is a professionally diverse group of men and women that gather together to make friends, share ideas, and to work for a better Radford. Our members include educators, business people, government officials and other professionals dedicated to the concept of ‘Service Above Self.’”
The guest speaker for the luncheon will be Christine Smith, who is an assistant Rotary district governor.
Worldwide there are 34,000 Rotary clubs located in more than 200 countries with 1.2 million members. The eradication of polio has been a major focus of Rotary International for the past 25 years. It appears that goal is finally in reach.
Locally, the Radford club conducts a variety of fundraising events to provide scholarships for deserving Radford High School graduates who are attending Radford University and to help support local charities such as Elf Shelf, Radford Animal Shelter, Relay for Life and the Back To School Project to assist Radford City Public Schools. Fundraising events include a yearly silent auction and the new addition of the Lucky Duck Race. Club members also volunteer to help clean up and beautify roadsides and public recreation areas in Radford. The 35-member club was formed in 1991 and meets at noon each Wednesday at the Best Western.
Those new to the New River Valley will find Rotary a great way to meet new friends and quickly become an active participant in community and civic life. John Cox recently relocated to Radford from New York state.
“Joining Rotary was one of the best decisions I made since moving to the area,” Cox said. “Rotary gave me the opportunity to meet and get to know people faster than I ordinarily would. Several members have helped me professionally since I joined Rotary, and Rotary has given me to opportunity to give back to my new community.”
Anyone interested in finding out more about Rotary should contact Roman at 731-1176 or firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information, visit the Radford Noon Rotary Club Facebook page.
– Submitted by Gregg Jones
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