Community Service
While Rotary is now known as a service organization, this was not always the case.  You may be surprised to learn that in 1905, when Rotary began, it was not based on the idea of Service Above Self. Instead, the two main aims of the Chicago club were “the promotion of the business interests of its members” and “good fellowship and other desiderata ordinarily incident to Social Clubs.” However, Paul Harris was not satisfied with these goals and wanted a club that would get involved in civic affairs and community service.  He worked with Donald Carter to introduce a Third Object of Rotary: “the advancement of the best interests of Chicago.” As Harris later remembered, “I concluded that the most practical method of introducing community service would be to find a worthy cause and then induce members to work for it.”
District 5180 is committed to supporting a wide variety of community service projects in the local area and around the world.  We focus on literacy, peace, health and medicine, clean water, and just about any other sort of project you can imagine. Each year in the spring, Clubs district-wide participate in Rotary Work Day, participating in a project aimed at supporting their local communities. 
If you are interested in serving the community and want to know more about how Rotary, please feel free to contact us. 
Angela Spease is District 5180's Local Service Chair.  Click here to contact her