Service Above Self. We provide service to others, promote integrity, and advance world understanding, goodwill and peace through our fellowship of business, professional and community leaders.
Of all the things we think, say or do…
- Is it the truth?
- Is it fair to all concerned?
- Will it build goodwill and better friendships?
- Will it be beneficial to all concerned?
Our Rotary Club lives our mission of Service Above Self in many ways, but mainly by providing manpower and money to nonprofits across central Illinois, including Midwest Food Bank, Goodwill, South Side Mission, Camp Big Sky and many more.
What do Neil Armstrong, Winston Churchill, Bill Gates and Colonel Sanders have in common? They were all Rotarians. Of course, this list might make you think that Rotarians are older and not diverse, but that couldn't be further from the truth.
Growing With Purpose
Since January 2017, the Rotary Club of Peoria has added 46 new members. Of those, 37 percent are young professionals 40 or younger, while women make up 35 percent of the club’s total membership. While service clubs around the country are shrinking, ours is growing. In fact, the Rotary Club of Peoria is the largest club in its district.
“The Rotary Club of Peoria is branching out to become one of the largest service clubs in the community,” says Club President Andrea Parker, executive director of the Hult Center for Healthy Living. “Why? We’re not just growing to grow; we are growing with intentional purpose. By increasing the number of active Rotarians, we’ll be able to meet more service needs throughout the community.”
Service Above Self
“Service Above Self” is Rotary’s core mission, but ask any Rotarian and they’ll tell you how much the club gives to them—whether it’s the opportunity to make new friends, network with other business professionals, or learn what is going on in our community thanks to dynamic speakers every week, from retired U.S. Transportation Secretary and Congressman Ray LaHood to current OSF HealthCare CEO Robert Sehring.
“I love our club because we are able to help people on a local and global scale,” says incoming Club President Maggie Freidag. “The people in our club are amazing. They’re fun, inviting and family-focused. I love that Rotary has given me an opportunity to get my sons involved in giving back at an early age.”
Many members participate in the club’s monthly reading program at Trewyn School, and the club’s endowment fund, established at the Community Foundation of Central Illinois, allocates annual grants to numerous social service organizations. Annual scholarships are also given to area high school students. From planting trees and building playgrounds in local parks, to helping struggling second graders learn to read, to raising funds to help end polio halfway across the world, the Rotary Club of Peoria is making lasting change.
Today’s Rotary isn’t your grandfather’s Rotary. The dress code and attendance policies have relaxed. The room is full of a diverse group of young and older professionals alike. But the connections you make, the knowledge you gain, and the good you can do… that remains.
Come have lunch with us! Be our guest any Friday at 11:45am at the First United Methodist Church, 116 NE Perry in Downtown Peoria.
Rotary Club of Peoria
7720 N. Crestline Dr., Ste. A
Peoria, IL 61615