Ser­vice and friend­ship de­fine Springville Ro­tary Club

Serve Daily - - COMMUNITY - Me­gan Wall­gren for Serve Daily

SPRINGVILLE — The Springville Rota- ry club has been a force for good in the com­mu­nity as well as around the world since 1964. Much of this work goes un- rec­og­nized be­cause many peo­ple aren't re­ally sure what Ro­tary is.

Ro­tary In­ter­na­tional is the world's first ser­vice club or­ga­ni­za­tion, with more than 1.2 mil­lion mem­bers in 33,000 clubs world­wide. Ro­tary club mem­bers are vol­un­teers who work lo­cally, re­gion­ally, and in­ter­na­tion­ally to com­bat hunger, im- prove health and san­i­ta­tion, pro­vide ed- uca­tion and job train­ing, pro­mote peace, and erad­i­cate po­lio un­der the motto Ser- vice Above Self. They are un­af­fil­i­ated with any re­li­gious or­ga­ni­za­tion and mem- bership is open to men and women.

Over the years Springville Ro­tary Club has im­proved the com­mu­nity by build­ing a large park with sev­eral pavil­ions, giv­ing hun­dreds of schol­ar­ships, help­ing youth and fam­i­lies in need and much more.

Springville Ro­tary is host­ing its an­nual Sun­day in the Park car, truck and motor- cy­cle show on Sun­day, Au­gust 19, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Ro­tary Park in Hob- ble Creek Canyon.

The fundrais­ing event will fea­ture hun- dreds of clas­sic cars and mo­tor­cy­cles as well as other unique ve­hi­cles. Steak din­ners and burg­ers will be sold from noon un­til 3 p.m. Vis­i­tors can also en­joy the live en­ter­tain­ment and par­tic­i­pate in raf­fles for thou­sands of dol­lars worth of prizes. En­try to the car show is free with a meal ticket, raf­fle pur­chase or do­na­tion.

"All the good that we do is funded by the money that comes from here," said club sec­re­tary Mikell John­son. The prizes from the raf­fle are do­nated by lo­cal busi- nesses and so all of the pro­ceeds go to the club's projects.

The club is made up of peo­ple from all walks of life. What brings them to­gether is their pas­sion for ser­vice and friend­ship.

"There are guys in their 20s all the way up to their 80s in our club," said John- son. "It's a broad spec­trum of peo­ple and a good way to make friends while do­ing good."

Each mem­ber also do­nates to the ro­tary foun­da­tion ev­ery year to help with Ro­tary In­ter­na­tional projects. Springville Ro­tary Club gives the most per capita of all the clubs in the re­gion.

John­son said as he grew up he al­ways en­joyed do­ing ser­vice and help­ing peo- ple. He joined Ro­tary in col­lege be­cause he wanted to get in­volved with the com- mu­nity. He en­joys the com­radery and the op­por­tu­ni­ties for ser­vice that he nor­mally wouldn't do by him­self.

The club meets weekly for din­ner to talk about and take op­por­tu­ni­ties to serve. They give schol­ar­ships to lo­cal kids, pro- vide help for lo­cal fam­i­lies in need and

in Sub for Santa ev­ery year. Springville Ro­tary mem­bers also go on trips to­gether to do ser­vice in places like Gu­atemala and Belize. The club's an­nual four-wheeler and snow­mo­bile trips build the friend­ship among mem­bers.

Springville Ro­tary Club meets Wednes- day nights through­out the sum­mer at 7 p.m. at Ro­tary Park, up Hob­ble Creek Canyon.

Learn more about the club and how to be­come a mem­ber at SpringvilleRo­tary.org.

Photo: Springville Ro­tary­par­tic­i­pate

Mem­bers of the Springville Ro­tary Club.

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