Service above Self: A Motto – A Way of Life

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The Georgetown Luncheon Rotary meets every Tuesday from 12:30 - 2:00 p.m. at Lands End.  Rotary is much more than a business lunch club.  The 65 Rotary members are truly committed to their motto:  "Service above Self."  That commitment is demonstrated by the many projects the Georgetown Rotary supports throughout the year.  In addition to those projects, the individual members are deeply committed to the community by serving on various Boards and in many organizations dedicated to improving the City and the quality of life of the citizens of Georgetown.

 

A listing of the projects supported by Rotary are:

 

·         The Georgetown County United Way

 

·         The Georgetown County YMCA

 

·         The Salvation Army through volunteering as bell ringers during the Christmas Season.  For three consecutive years Rotary has raised the most money for this program.

 

·         The Mitney Project

 

·         Outreach Farm

 

·         Friendship Place:  Rotary provides funding to supply meals on the last Friday of each month and serves over ninety meals each day to needy individuals.

 

·         Scholarships for college bound students graduating from the various county high schools.

 

·         The Dictionary Project:  Rotary hand delivers one dictionary to each third grade student in Georgetown County in all public and private schools.  The presentation emphases literacy.  Since 1999, we have distributed over 10,000 dictionaries.

 

·         Rotary Readers Program:  Volunteers mentor grade school children to improve their reading ability.

 

The Choices Program for middle school children which emphasizes the importance of choices made now and how they impact not only one's immediate future but one's entire life.

 

Through contributions made quarterly by each member, the Georgetown Rotary participates with International Rotary in the Polio Project.  The goal of this project is to irradicate polio worldwide.  The fundraising goal is to raise millions of dollars to match a grant from the Gates Foundation.

 

The Luncheon Rotary also sponsors two Rotarians to travel to Guatemala on a medical/dental mission. Rotary has done so for the past six years.   This group of dentists, doctors and nurses travel to remote areas of Guatemala providing care to people in regions where there are no medical professionals and no medical supplies.

 

In order to support all of these activities, a Georgetown Lunch Rotary sponsors an annual Shag Festival.  This year the 6th Annual Shag Festival will be held on April 30th in the 100 block of King Street.  Over the years, this event has raised over $74,000 and is a primary source for the lunch club's Alzheimer's Research Trust Fund.  These funds provide the seed money for cutting edge research in finding a cure for this debilitating disease.

 

The Shag dance consists of eight steps.  The slogan for this year's festival is:  "Eight Steps = One Cure."  It is indeed a party with a purpose. 

 

This year's band is:  "Legends of the Beach."  Tickets, which cost $20, are on sale at the UPS Store, The Georgetown and Pawleys Island Chamber offices, the Coffee Break on Front Street and The Ball & Que Restaurant.

 

Tickets may also be purchased on line at:  www.shagfestival.com

 

For those interested in becoming a Rotarian visit our website:  www.georgetownlunchrotary.org

 

Please support this worthwhile event.