The premise of Rotary, founded almost 110 years ago, is that people can come together in fellowship and service to solve community and even international problems.  We work to improve the quality and dignity of life through projects that impact health, education, and vocational support.  If you have ever felt like you wanted to make a difference, to be part of the "THEY" that people speak of when defining the empowered, then perhaps Rotary is for you.  No more will you see, read about, or hear of something wrong in the world, and wonder why don't "THEY" do something.  The problems we face are many.  The THEY can't be a small group.  Rotary has grown to be over a 1.2 million people, involving more than 33,000 clubs world-wide.  Together we are solving problems, not one at a time, but thousands at a time.  But you have only to read a newspaper to know that there is still so much that needs to be done.

 

Our one club provides annual college scholarships for both selected Fairfax County Adult High School students and chosen college freshmen that attend George Mason University.  We have also built foot bridges in Ethiopia and Honduras, worked with the Assistance League to provide weekend food and clothing for children in Virginia Title 1 schools, annually support "Alternative House" for teenagers in distress, provided support for Rotary water purification projects in Ghana and Zambia, purchased lab testing equipment for a health clinic in Uganda, and to-date through Rotary's "Gift of Life" charity, have saved the lives of three children who needed open-heart surgery.  We also annually support Rotary's signature project "Polio Plus" - with its goal to eradicate Polio worldwide.  Every year, our club finds problems, and we work to eliminate them.  We can't do it all, but we can do something.  We are part of the THEY.  Have a service project that you want to do, let's do it together!

Rotary also offers something to you personally.  You will meet people of similar character and vision, whom you will quickly consider to be among your best friends.  Relationships will not only improve your sense of fellowship, but you will be exposed to business and professional leaders that share your ethical standards.
 
The Dunn Loring - Merrifield Rotary Club meets every Friday at 12:30 pm, now at the Olive Garden restaurant, located at 8133 Leesburg Pike, Vienna, VA  22182.  You will enjoy great food and interesting speakers.  But perhaps most importantly, you will meet people you will want to know better.  And, when asked what you did today, perhaps you will feel like saying, "Today, I helped make the world a better place."