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 leader of Corona’s service organizations is the Corona Rotary Club and has been committed maintaining the Object of Rotary for 81 years. Founded in 1923, the club has had as its primary local mission that of supporting youth and youth programs throughout the community. The following are several of the programs and projects that the club has undertaken over those past 81 plus years.
This program is named after a local physician, Dr. Root, and is designed to provide dental work for youth in the Corona area that have severe dental deformities and whose families could not afford the necessary dental services.
To date the club has raised over $200,000 in cash and arranged for an additional $120,000 in discounted services that have been donated by Dentists, Doctors and hospitals. Through these donations of time and money 32 young people who could not afford the necessary dental surgery and services have had their mouths and teeth reconstructed and now can lead normal lives.
Annually the club awards scholarships to seniors at all high schools located in the city of Corona. In programs ranging from one time grants to full four years scholarships the club has awarded over ½ million dollars to these students.
Annually the club encourages local groups to submit requests for financial support. Throughout the history of the club hundreds of organizations ranging from school organizations to civil groups have been supported with gifts ranging from a few hundred to several thousands of dollars.
However, Rotary is more than a local organization. It is International in scope and thus the Corona Rotary Club has been involved in projects throughout the world since its founding. The following is an summary of some of the projects in which the club been involved.
Through a unique program which accumulates donations from all clubs, invests that capitol and returns the earnings back to the clubs to support worthy projects, the Rotary Foundation has distributed untold funds throughout the world. By matching funds returned from the Foundation the Corona Rotary has undertaken many international projects. In recent years these projects have included:
- Arranging for the transport of several hundred thousand dollars worth of donated medical equipment to hospitals and clinics in Malawi, Africa.
- Providing an ambulance and emergency medical supplies to a community in Costa Rica.
- Purchasing prosthetic devices for invalids in Russia.
- Delivering a defibrillator to a rural community in Costa Rica.
All Rotarian are most proud, that in addition to contributing to projects such as this, our donations to the Rotary Foundation have helped support the organization’s most ambitious project – the eradication of polio worldwide. Started in 1985, with a goal of full eradication by Rotary’s 100th anniversary in 2005, the project is very near completion. With only a few pockets of the virus still existing in the world, Rotary is putting forth a final major fundraising effort to bring the project to a successful conclusion.
Finally, in honor of Rotary’s 100th anniversary next February the Corona Rotary has committed to raising an additional $100,000 above its normal fundraising activities for projects directed to helping the citizens of Corona.
Lest one thinks this is an organization whose only purpose is fundraising it is important to understand that they also do a lot of FUN raising. Most of the more than 100 members regularly attend the Friday luncheons because of the camaraderie and the FUN enjoyed. In addition to meeting on Friday’s the club has an additional social activity of one type or another on a monthly basis.
The club works hard to maintain the four tenants of the “Object of Rotary” mentioned at the beginning. By doing so, they have now been an integral thread in the fabric of Corona for 81 years.