Rotary International was founded in 1905. In 1906 the club became the first service club in the US with its installation of a public toilet outside City Hall in Chicago. Since then Rotary has grown to over 32,000 clubs in 168 countries around the world. Its participation with efforts to eradicate polio, clear mine fields in war torn countries and bring clean water to underprivileged people in remote locations is well documented.
Less well documented but impactful all the same, the Enumclaw Chapter of Rotary International works tirelessly throughout the year to benefit the citizens in Enumclaw and on the Plateau. Chartered on April 5, 1969, this chapter works with youth, helps the community, and plays an active part in International and World Community Service.
Enumclaw Rotary has contributed to local improvements such as Rotary Centennial Park and supports:
- Rotary First Harvest, where perishable foods are acquired in large quantities, sorted and given to local food banks;
- The Enumclaw Senior Center, serving meals at special functions, organizing "honey do" teams to do yard work, change light bulbs, clean gutters, rake yards, and do whatever is needed by seniors who cannot help themselves;
- Enumclaw Public Library;
- KCSARC (King County Sexual Assault Relief Center);
- POM (Plateau Outreach Ministries), especially their “adopt a family” program during the winter holidays;
- Its annual Duck Race raises funds every year to benefit Enumclaw Regional Hospital;
- The scholarship program for area High School Seniors is particularly important and these selected students are each named “Student of the Month” and are featured guest speakers.
This year Enumclaw Rotary is proud to sponsor a project that reaches out into the community, into the Puget Sound Region, to benefit all participants, invite visitors and breathe new life into the economic and cultural development of our town: The Enumclaw Street Fair.
For more information, visit the Enumclaw Rotary website: www.enumclawrotary.com