January is Rotary Awareness Month so thought it appropriate to jot down some information about Rotary International and your local Fort Fairfield Rotary Club.

Did you know that there are over 34,000 Rotary Clubs worldwide with over 1.2 million Rotarians? Here in Aroostook County; Caribou, Fort Fairfield, Fort Kent, Houlton, Limestone, Mars Hill, Presque Isle, and Washburn all have local Rotary clubs with over 350 Rotarians serving these communities, the region, and internationally.

The Fort Fairfield Rotary Club was chartered in 1978. The club currently has 23 members and serves/supports over two dozen organizations/projects annually along with several supplemental project support requests each year.

The club places a heavy emphasis on our youth community. We support the Aroostook Teen Leadership Camp (ATLC), annual bike rodeo and princesses’ float during the Maine Potato Blossom Festival, the annual TAMC Survivor Camp, and Fort Fairfield High School’s Project Graduation, Rotary Spirit Student Award Program, Athletic Booster Club, “Tiger” Hoops Tournament and Camp, yearbook support, graduating senior scholarships, and literacy programs to mention but a few.

Additionally, the Special Olympics Snowdogs basketball team, Friends Helping Friends, United Way of Aroostook, and the annual Fort Fairfield Community/Seniors Thanksgiving Day Dinner are some other supported programs/projects.

On an international level, in addition to supporting Rotary International’s End Polio Now PolioPlus campaign through donations and Purple Pinkie projects, the club is active in the Guatemalan Infrastructure Improvement Venture (GIIVE). Project GIIVE is an Aroostook County area clubs-initiative that is gaining support and involvement from regional clubs such as the Rotary Clubs of Perth-Andover and Woodstock, New Brunswick, Canada. This project seeks to improve the sanitation, cooking, and water infrastructure in villages in the Monterrico, Santa Rosa, Guatemala region.

Does this sound exciting to you? Or perhaps you know about other projects and programs that we might work on, together. Come join us Wednesday mornings 7-8AM, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church annex, 170 Main Street, Fort Fairfield, Maine and see if we can all work together and “Be a Gift to the World”. Oh, while a motel chain promises to “leave the light on for ya”, we promise to get you out by eight so that you can be to work on time. Have a great day.