The Churchland Rotary Club is a member of Rotary International, a worldwide organization of business and professional leaders that provides humanitarian service and encourages high ethical standards in all vocations. It was chartered on January 11, 1985 and has been serving the local and world community through numerous projects since that time. The main objective of Rotary is service — in the community, in the workplace, and around the globe. The 1.2 million Rotarians who make up more than 34,000 Rotary clubs in nearly every country in the world share a dedication to the ideal of Service Above Self.
The following article appeared in the Suffolk News-Herald Opinion Section on Friday, March 6, 2015.
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Rotary clubs in Suffolk and the surrounding area contribute many man-hours toward raising enough money to give generously to the community.
Whether they’re supporting events like this past weekend’s Mission of Mercy dental care outreach or giving to causes that improve the lives of children, the Rotary clubs are constantly working — often behind the scenes — to make things better for everyone in their communities, young and old.
The Rotary Club of Churchland recently got together with the Western Branch Athletic Club to renovate its Pony League fields behind Chittum Elementary School for the first time since they were built.
The league, which serves about 55 Suffolk children among its 600 participants, will receive $22,500 from the Rotary Club of Churchland to complete improvements, including clubhouse renovations, improved batting cages, picnic tables, electrical work and anti-flooding measures on the fields.
Athletic club officials told reporter Matthew Ward this week that the relatively small amount of money they are able to set aside each year for capital improvements has never been much more than was needed to get the fields ready and safe for competition.
“To have the Rotary club come in and support things that have been on our list for decades is great,” Jason Tone, its president, said this week.
The Rotary Club of Churchland said the initiative is an early part of an effort to diversify the causes it supports. It took suggestions from members, particularly new ones, to look for projects in the area.
Located at the confluence of Suffolk, Chesapeake and Portsmouth, The Churchland area finds itself looking to many different places to support causes in its neighborhood, and it might be easy for it to get lost in the shuffle. However, the Rotary Club of Churchland is to be congratulated for stepping up and ensuring its own children got taken care of first.