SERVICE ABOVE SELF

2017/18 OFFICERS AND DIRECTORS

 

President- Tom Oehme

President Elect- Phil Saleet

Secretary- Thomas Clouse

Treasurer- Barry Miller

 

Dean Brandt - Past President

John F. Germ- Rotary International President

Kevin J. Kogan- District Governor 7390

l/r – Tom Oehme, Dean Brandt, Tom Clause, Barry Miller

GUIDING PRINCIPLES

 

These principles have been developed over the years to provide Rotarians with a strong, common purpose and direction. They serve as a foundation for our relationships with each other and the action we take in the world.

 

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 of each Rotarian’s occupation as an opportunity to serve society;

THIRD: The application of the ideal of service in each Rotarian’s 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.

 

THE FOUR-WAY TEST

The Four-Way Test is a nonpartisan and nonsectarian ethical guide for Rotarians to use for their personal and professional relationships. The test has been translated into more than 100 languages, and Rotarians recite it at club meetings:

 

Of 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?

 

 

HISTORY OF THE ROTARY CLUB OF LITITZ

 

1925 Formation

The Rotary Club of Lititz was chartered in 1925 and was listed as Club Number 2188 in Rotary International.  Its initial membership was twenty-five.  Mr. Claude Marble, who was instrumental in organizing the Club, was its first President.  True to its slogan, "Service Above Self", during the early years the Club's existence was most unselfish and was active in sponsoring or supporting the many worthwhile activities as follows:  Crippled Children's Work, Boys' Welfare Movement, Boys' Work Activities, Safe and Sane Fourth, has paid hospital bills of the needy, Burial Grounds for the Revolutionary Soldiers, Boy Scouts, Visiting Nurse help, Lititz Fire Company, Kiddies Christmas Party, Lititz Outdoor Activities in Springs Park,, has aided the Park fund, Marble Camp, Community Chest, Red Cross Flood Relief, Youth Programs, Student Loan Program, Brethren Orphanage Christmas Parties, Institute of Lectures, and aided students in competition for prizes and scholarships.

 

"Service Above Self" Continues Today

Today there are 39 current members made up of professionals who willingly donate their time to projects that benefit the community and the world.  Its first major fundraiser was the Travelogue Program which was begun by Roy Brubaker in 1963 and became popular for quality family-oriented entertainment ever since.  The Club launched the Lititz Craft Show in 1979 with only local vendors setting up on a single block of Main Street.  Now it's grown into one of the largest craft fairs along the East Coast drawing craftsmen from throughout the U.S. and Canada.  Our newest Club event is the annual Rotary Golf Outing held at the Overlook Golf Course.  In just eight years, it has become a favorite among Lancaster County golfers.

 

All of the net funds from these activities are given to over 30 non-profit service groups each year, as well as providing college loans and scholarships to many local students.  Locally supported groups include four local Fire Companies, Warwick Ambulance Association, Lititz-Warwick Community Chest, Lititz Historical Foundation, Lititz Public Library, Lititz recCenter, and Lititz Springs Park, just to name a few.  Since the Travelogue started over 50 years ago, the Rotary Club of Lititz has donated well over One and a Quarter of a Million Dollars community wide and helped over 500 students attend college.  The money raised this past year, which grossed over $125,000, is now being distributed to these many community and charitable focused groups and students.

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