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Marion Rotary Club Since 1923, united for the common good of Marion Rotary.

Byline: Courtesy of the Marion Rotary Club

Our mission: The mission of the Marion Rotary Club is to follow the Four Way Test and provide charity, leadership and youth scholarships within our community, which we achieve through our growing membership of civic leaders, who meet weekly in an environment filled with good food, fun and fellowship.

What is Rotary? We are neighbors, community leaders, and global citizens uniting for the common good. We are especially dedicated to ending polio in our lifetimes. Rotary members have been in this fight since 1979 and through perseverance we have helped eradicate polio in all but three countries worldwide.

Our Club: Rotary of Marion, Illinois was chartered on April 7, 1923. We meet every Thursday at noon at the United Methodist Church on Main Street. Each year we raise money to fund student scholarships and academic awards, and to donate to local service organizations, such as The Night Shield, and Marion Medical Mission. We sponsor Rotary Youth Exchange students and send high school students to Rotary Youth Leadership Academy. We raise money to support our own service projects and contribute to Rotary International to support their efforts to eradicate polio and provide safe drinking water to citizens across the globe.

Interact: Interact is a club for youth ages 12-18 who want to connect with others in their community or school. Interact club members have fun while carrying out service projects and learning about the world. Our club is a sponsor to the Interact Club at Marion High School.

Rotary Scholastic Achievement Awards: In 1930 the Rotary Club of Marion began honoring exceptional scholastic achievement at Marion High School. The top students

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are chosen by vote of the faculty, who are asked to evaluate students 50 percent on scholarship and 50 percent on school activities. A Gold key is given to the outstanding boy or girl in each class and a Silver key for second place, plus Silver Pins for the next eight in each class. This is a highly coveted award at MHS.

Scholarships: The Marion Rotary Club Scholarship Foundation Inc. is an nonprofit 501(c) (3) corporation started by the Rotary Club of Marion in 1996 to award scholarships to deserving graduates of Marion High School. There are 10 scholarship trusts set up by benefactors from the Marion area, which enables the Foundation to award more scholarships for longer periods of time.

Service projects: Rotarians volunteer their time to service organizations and projects in their community. They host a Free Fall Movie at the Rotary Amphitheater each year, volunteer and fundraise for local organizations, collect bottle caps to create friendship benches for area schools and churches, and help with upkeep and improvements to the Rotary Amphitheater. The building of the Marion Rotary Amphitheater was the Centennial service project for our club.

Membership: The Marion Rotary Club is always looking for new members. Visit a meeting any Thursday at noon at the United Methodist Church, 208 W. Main St., Marion.

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Publication:Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL)
Date:Jul 13, 2018
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