Devils Lake Rotary Club celebrates 100 years

Staff Writer
Devils Lake Journal
The Devils Lake Rotary Club.

Members of the Devils Lake Rotary Club planned on celebrating its 100th anniversary with a variety of activities this year. Then, COVID-19 happened, and centennial plans were postponed. As more activities picked up over the summer months, the club members gathered for a picnic and night of fellowship followed by a production of Rock of Ages July 29.

Rotary is a global network of 1.2 million neighbors, friends, leaders, and problem-solvers who see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change – across the globe, in our communities, and in ourselves.

Rotary started with the vision of one man — Paul Harris. The Chicago attorney formed the Rotary Club of Chicago on 23 February 1905, so professionals with diverse backgrounds could exchange ideas and form meaningful, lifelong friendships. Over time, Rotary’s reach and vision gradually extended to humanitarian service. Members have a long track record of addressing challenges in their communities and around the world.

In the Lake Region, the Devils Lake Rotary Club supports the Dolly Parton Imagination Library, sponsors many youth and community organizations, funds a scholarship at Lake Region State College, runs the Rotary Track meet each spring and co-sponsors the community 4th of July picnic. Currently, 60 individuals are members in the Devils Lake chapter.

Many of the funds to support these projects is raised through two signature items: a motorcycle raffle and spaghetti feed. Tickets are still available for the Indian Motorcycle raffle. Drawing will take place at 7 p.m. Sept. 24 at the KC Hall. Due to the pandemic the spaghetti feed is canceled this fall, but Rotary is looking forward to the event returning. The object of Rotary is to encourage and foster the Ideal of Service as a basis of worthy enterprise and to encourage and foster:

1. The development of acquaintances as an opportunity for service;

2. 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;

3. The application of the Ideal of Service by every Rotarian to his personal, business, and community life;

4. The advancement of international understanding, good will, and peace through a world fellowship of business and professional men united in the Ideal of Service.

With every project, Rotary is changing the world for the better. New members always are welcome, please check our Devils Lake Rotary Club Facebook page. We meet most every Wednesday at noon at the Ranch Steakhouse. For more information about joining Rotary, supporting the Dolly Parton Imagination Library, or purchasing a raffle ticket for the motorcycle, call Nancy Lundon at 662-5641.