Leading change in our community and world
by A.J. Sheridan, President, Sunup Rotary Club
Involvement in Rotary means involvement with leadership in local, national and international community service. Paul P. Harris, a Chicago attorney, formed the first Rotary Club of Chicago in February 1905. It was one of the first service organizations aimed at creating opportunities for professionals with diverse backgrounds to exchange ideas and form lifelong friendships. Paul Harris noted, “Whatever Rotary means to us, to the world it will be known by the results it achieves.” Within 16 months, Rotary spread to six continents.
Today, Rotary makes a difference all around the globe. We work together digitally and personally to solve some of our world’s most challenging problems. We have fought polio since 1979 and have eradicated it from all but two countries. We develop wells in areas of Africa, where water is most needed, resulting in the development of healthier communities along with schools to help children advance. Locally, we provided funding to restore the Yarnell water system after the fire damage in 2013. As well, we conduct road cleanups, maintain the veterans’ memorial at the courthouse and carry out community service projects with groups such as Coalition for Compassion and Justice.
The Sunup Rotary Club is one of five Rotary clubs representing this area. We consist of dedicated people who share a passion for community service, friendship and good times. We support programs that promote youth involvement, such as the Rotary International Youth Exchange, Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) weekend, high school Interact clubs, and college Rotaract clubs, college scholarships and much more. We work to develop leadership abilities and a broader perspective on the world and in the community among our area youth. Anyone interested in joining us to help make a difference in the world can visit our website at www.prescottsunuprotary.org