The Rotary Club of Charlottesville is a globally-networked service organization committed to serving the Charlottesville area. As one of the longest-standing service organizations in the U.S., we are honored to be celebrating our 95th Anniversary of serving the greater Charlottesville community. We are pleased to announce this year’s Rotary theme, Rotary Serving Humanity by adding our own twist. This year, our Club is focused on what it means to THRIVE in this part of Central Virginia. As such, our Club meetings this year take on a unique focus of "Thriving with Rotary Serving Humanity." We do this by focusing on four content pillars that we believe present as indicators for thriving in our community - where our community members can be 1) Happy, 2) Healthy, 3) Connected, and 4) Generative. Speakers each month this year will touch on this theme. In such a dynamic political climate as what we have this year, we are enthusiastic to explore this idea about what is good about our community, and how we can serve it further by helping to expand opportunities to more of our neighbors.
Our club is proud of the many community service and outreach projects that we conduct each year. These will include an innovative youth literacy effort called the Imagination Library, in partnership with the local City of Promise; a High School Case Competition in conjunction with Enactus at UVA where high school students across the Commonwealth compete to help a local business thrive; contribution of foods to local families in the week prior to Thanksgiving; local service projects in partnership with the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank; community service support of the Salvation Army during the month of December; sponsorship of an exchange student program offering international experience to local students; support of local area high school students to attend the Rotary Youth Leadership Award Program in October; and continuation of a new marquis fundraising event called the Midtown Block Party to benefit the Jefferson School African American Heritage Center and the City of Promise.
The Rotary Club of Charlottesville looks forward to continuing its tradition of monthly recognition of outstanding local high school students by inviting them, their family members and high school principals to speak at club meetings where they are presented with the Rotary International Certificate of Merit for their leadership and service to the community; as well as club mentoring of the Rotaract Club at the University of Virginia. Additionally, our club is proud of its active Grants Committee which annually invites proposals from non-profits for numerous grants. This past year, our club made over ten grants to a range of remarkable local organizations ranging in services from interfaith assistance of local families to women's health, early childhood literacy, honoring diverse local histories, community celebrations, violence prevention, training service dogs, and supporting the performing arts. We affirm the good work of so many nonprofit organizations in this region, and we look forward to continuing to partner with them in the years to come.
These service activities of the Rotary Club of Charlottesville largely support our local community and connect to the global network of over 34,000 Rotary chapters, engaging over 1.2 million Rotarians. We are pleased to have a great team of club members committed to the Rotary principals and values of Service above Self and we hope you will also consider joining us this year as we explore what it means to serve and for all to THRIVE in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Christopher L. W. Elliott, Ph.D.
Rotary Club of Charlottesville