With handover of the President’s Duties from Dina Diaz to Harold Yates, the San Saba Rotary Club begins its 81st year of service to San Saba County. Rotary is a worldwide organization of business and professional leaders that provides humanitarian service, encourages high ethical standards, supports education and helps build goodwill and peace.
The Rotary Club which is the world’s oldest and largest international service club was founded in 1905. Of the 1.2 million Rotarians belonging to more than 32,000 clubs in 200 countries worldwide, the San Saba Club, chartered in 1927, is one of the oldest. The main objective of Rotary is service in the community and workplace.
The Rotary Club’s Motto is “Service Before Self” and its members endeavor to make their daily life and business decisions using a four-way test that asks: “Is it the truth; Is it fair to all concerned; Does it build good will; and, Will it be beneficial to all concerned?”
Within San Saba, the Rotary Club conducts fund raisers and returns essentially all money raised to the community. Many citizens have joined a Rotary Project that expresses community pride through flying the U.S. Flags on Federal Holidays and Special Events, or the Armadillo Flag on Football Fridays. Other fund raisers have included the annual Pecanpaloosa Music Festival and Cow Camp Cook-off. Proceeds from such projects are used to fund the County’s Annual Honor Student Banquet for over 300 students that has occurred the past 28 years plus provide annual scholarships to students at our three high schools based upon academics and community service activities. The Rotary Club also supports education by providing speakers and giving every third grade student a personal dictionary copy. Personal service and financial contributions are also provided to hospice, law enforcement, Volunteer Fire Departments, EMS, Cherokee Home for Children, Meals on Wheels, Angel Tree, American Cancer Society, the Red Cross and in supporting special school activity needs.
The Rotary Club is always looking for new, like-minded individuals and invites citizens interested in its ideals and community service to attend its meetings, join and participate in its programs. The Rotary Club meets each Thursday from noon to 1:00 PM at VeeBee’s Restaurant on High Street. Citizens are invited to come to a meeting of the Club.