The Rotary Club of
West Seattle

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The honor and privilege of Rotary membership carries with it duties and obligations. You will be expected to attend the club's meetings regularly, to perform your share of club service, and to place your knowledge and talents at the disposal of the club in its task of carrying the principles of Rotary into the daily life of the community.

Object of Rotary

The Object of Rotary is to encourage and foster the ideal of service as a basis of worthy enterprise and in particular, to encourage and foster:

First: The development of acquaintance as an opportunity for service;

Second: High ethical standards in business and professions; the recognition of the worthiness of all useful occupations; and the dignifying by each Rotarian of his occupation as an opportunity to serve society;

Third: The application of the ideal of service by every Rotarian to his personal, business and community life.

Fourth: The advancement of international understanding, goodwill, and peace through a world fellowship of business and professional persons united in the ideal of service.

Rotary Four-Way Test of the things you think, say or do:

First Is it the Truth?

Second Is it fair to all concerned?

Third Will it build goodwill and better friendships?

Fourth Will it be beneficial to all concerned?

Always remember Rotary's mottoes: “Service Above Self “and “He Profits Most Who Serves Best.”

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Making a Difference in West Seattle and the World

Throughout the presidential letters and notes you will read of the volume and variety of ways that the
Rotary Club of West Seattle has made a positive impact on our own community and in other countries.
We have provided hundreds of scholarships to deserving youth from our local high schools and at South
Seattle Community College, taken thousands of kids shopping for clothes at Christmas. We have
supported Seniors at the Senior Center and the Kenney, children through Pencil Me In For Kids school
supplies, and families at the annual Kiddie Parade during HiYu.

In our local community, WS Rotarians have built or invested in many permanent projects. Parks include
Rotary viewpoint with the Totem Pole, Cormorant Cove Park on Beach Drive, funds donated to the
potential park at the West Seattle Junction. Our club’s first significant financial gift was $1,000 to the
West Seattle Family YMCA’s first swimming pool in 1953. We also built, refurbished or names are
historically attached to no less than five cabins at YMCA Camp Colman (Rotary, Henderson, Calvin,
Beers, Bentrott).

Our club has a proud history of partnering with local Rotary Clubs in other countries to create
international impact. We have supported books for the blind in Siberia, fresh water projects throughout
Africa and southeast Asia, medical supplies to Mexico & Africa. We made significant gifts to Rotary’s
Polio Plus campaign to eradicate this disease from the world. We have helped with education and
medical needs in Africa, twice giving significantly over multiple years – in the 1990’s to Aba Aba in
Nigeria for a school house and water projects, and in the 2000’s to the East African Center in Takaungu,
Kenya to buy a vehicle, medical supplies & storage and solar power. In both cases, Rotarians from our
club later visited the local townships to see our support in action.

To bring the world closer together we have hosted numerous international students from every
continent, sponsored local teachers abroad to India, Rotary Ambassadorial Scholars to study in South
Africa and welcomed group study exchange groups to club meetings (in one case having their luggage
stolen from the Salty’s parking lot while we were meeting).

We have sponsored new clubs in Burien-White Center, Vashon Island and SODO to grow Rotary in our
district. Rotarians from West Seattle have taken significant district leadership roles over the years, and
the 1999-2000 District Governor was our very own Duane Ruud.

Our club members have donated significantly to the Rotary Foundation and Permanent Fund for Rotary
International, leveraging hundreds of thousands of dollars over the years for local and international
projects. We have also created a Rotary Club of West Seattle permanent fund to support youth in West
Seattle, the Brockey Endowment to support students at South Seattle Community College and recently
established the Gambriell Endowment to provide scholarships for students in need to complete their
post-secondary education goals.

Most importantly, when the 27 members gathered on November 6, 1947 to charter the Rotary Club of
West Seattle, they hoped to make a difference in their community

Rotary International


Rotary International’s programs and service opportunities, listed below, are designed to help Rotarians meet the needs of their own communities and assist people worldwide.

Global Networking Groups encompass Rotary Fellowships (vocational and recreational interest groups) and Rotarian Action Groups (groups focused on service activities). The more than 90 Global Networking Groups are open to all Rotarians, spouses of Rotarians, and Rotaractors.

Interact is a service organization organized and sponsored by Rotary clubs for youth ages 12-18. It has more than 12,300 clubs in 133 countries.

Rotaract is organized by Rotary clubs to promote leadership, professional development, and service among young adults ages 18-30. There are more than 8,000 clubs in 167 countries.

Rotary Community Corps (RCC) are groups of non-Rotarians who work to improve their communities. There are more than 6,800 RCCs in 78 countries, all organized and sponsored by Rotary clubs.

Rotary Friendship Exchange encourages Rotarians and their families to make reciprocal visits to other countries, staying in each other’s homes and learning about different cultures firsthand.

Rotary Volunteers allows Rotarians and other skilled professionals to offer their services and experience to local and international humanitarian projects.

Rotary Youth Exchange offers students ages 15-19 the chance to travel abroad for cultural exchanges of one week to a full academic year. Rotary clubs and districts sponsor and host about 9,000 Youth Exchange students a year.

Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) are seminars sponsored by clubs and districts to encourage and recognize the leadership abilities of youth and young adults ages 14-30.

World Community Service (WCS) allows Rotary clubs and districts from at least two countries to implement community service projects together.

The Rotary Foundation also offers several programs, such as PolioPlus .


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