Before Jason invited me, I was absolutely clueless as to what the Rotary was all about. It all began in Chicago back in 1905. A local attorney started a service club that would ‘rotate’ their meetings from office to office, hence the name ‘Rotary.’ Today, 1.2 million Rotarians belong to over 32,000 Rotary clubs in more than 200 countries, and pool their resources and talents to help serve communities in need. The organization’s dedication to this ideal is best expressed in its motto: “Service Above Self.”
I was more concerned about being subjected to some kind of secret initiation rites involving black hooded robes and wooden paddles. Jason assured me it was safe.
What made this particular luncheon so enjoyable was that it was the Rotary’s monthly habit of honoring local high school students. There were 8 students from Central Kitsap High and Klahowya Secondary School being recognized for school leadership, academic excellence, and community involvement.
Greg Lynch, Superintendent of Central Kitsap School District, was on hand to offer words of praise and appreciation to both students and their parents in attendance.
We are fortunate to have local organizations like the Rotary who invest back into our community and make a global impact by partnering with organizations like Children of the Nations.
We are additionally blessed to live in a community that has one of the finest school districts in the State, and is comprised of such talented and committed educators!