Selmer Rotary Club celebrates 55 years of service above self

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Selmer Rotary Club celebrates 55 years of service above self

Members of the Selmer Rotary Club gather together during a recent induction ceremony. Submitted Photo

What would it take to change one’s community or region? Why stop there? Why not initiate a plan to positively impact the world at large? That was the goal of a few business acquaintances in 1905. 

Chicago attorney Paul Harris initiated a meeting with three other business acquaintances with the stated purpose of providing humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and help build goodwill and peace in the world. 

This philosophy has spawned approximately 34,000 clubs, which consists of more than 1.2 million members. 

The Selmer Rotary Club is one of many such clubs that has taken on many local humanitarian efforts. Though the club continues to support national and international causes, the club’s many local projects have granted it longevity when many other organizations have faded over time.

 The Selmer Rotary Club was chartered in 1956. 

Approximately twenty-two business men launched the club at the Dixie Café in Selmer, with their first objective being “The development of acquaintances as an opportunity for service.” 

In its first thirty-five years, a few of the Selmer Rotary Club humanitarian efforts included Polio Plus, the elimination of polio from the face of the Earth; Youth Town of Tennessee; Joe E. Wyatt Rotary Endowment Scholarship; Avenue of Flags; annual sponsorship of two students to Boys State; Rotary Little League team; and recognition of the McNairy County Citizen of the Year.

The local club’s efforts to demonstrate “Service Above Self” has not waned over the years. 

Presently the club supports local agencies and efforts such as the McNairy County Foundation for Academic Excellence, McNairy County Family Resource Center’s Christmas Angel’s Program, Jack Cheshiers’ Children’s Shopping Spree, McNairy County Carl Perkins Center for the Prevention of Child Abuse, Women’s Resource and Rape Assistance Program and Boy Scouts of America. 

The club also provides scholarships for McNairy County graduating high school seniors. In addition to these projects the club continues to donate to the efforts to eradicate polio.

The club’s continued efforts to make a local impact have resulted in new members coming on board. Membership currently includes approximately 30 individuals that represent a wide range of business, industry and professions. 

“Building Communities - Bridges Continents,” the club’s current theme, encapsulates the heart of the Selmer Rotary Club.  

The current Selmer Rotary Club Officers include Karen Lang; President, Lucy Martin; Secretary, Billy Brown; Treasurer, and Jack Cheshier; Sergeant at Arms. 

For more information about the Selmer Rotary Club, please contact Karen Lang at (731) 645-5383.