Rotary’s organizational chart and leadership structure have been carefully thought out to assure that each club functions successfully and achieves its goals. An elected Board of Directors oversees dozens of committees which are organized into five service lanes: Club Service, Vocational Service, Community Service, International Service and New Generations Service.
It is the responsibility of each Rotarian to get involved in at least one of the following service lanes:
Keeping a weekly meeting running on track involves a variety of tasks and responsibilities. Dozens of Rotarians work behind the scenes to set up and break down our weekly meetings, greet fellow Rotarians and guests, staff the check-in desk, take attendance and handle raffles. Others nominate and induct noteworthy members into our club’s Rotary Fellows group, or work together to bring speakers and programs of interest to our weekly meetings. Still others help promote member participation in our First Century Trust, an endowment created by the Club and administered by the Community Foundation of Frederick County to fund future Rotary service projects.
As Rotarians, we are committed to encouraging and fostering high ethical standards in business and in our specific professions. We recognize the worthiness of all useful occupations, and are dedicated to dignifying each Rotarian’s occupation as an opportunity to serve society.
We put these ideals into action by:
- Talking about our profession within the club, and taking time to learn about fellow members’ occupations.
- Using our professional skills to serve the community.
- Practicing our professions with integrity
- Inspiring others to behave ethically through our own words and actions.
- Helping young people achieve their career aspirations.
- Guiding and encouraging others in their professional development
Service Above Self is Rotary’s principal motto. All Rotarians are responsible for carrying out service projects that improve the quality of life in their community and communities around the world.
A successful service project
- Has specific, realistic goals with measurable results
- Responds to identified needs
- Incorporates the abilities of those served
- Recognizes the importance of all participants’ contributions
- Uses available resources effectively
- Builds networks for future service projects
The Rotary Club of Frederick has a long history of making an impact on our local community. Since our founding in 1920, our club has taken on dozens of projects designed to improve the lives of our community’s youth, families and senior citizens. Traditionally, the club chooses a signature service project to support with a combination of volunteer efforts and financial contributions for a period of 12-24 months. In addition, the club also supports close to a dozen additional service projects. Visit Service Above Self for more information.
Rotary brings together business and professional leaders from around the world to encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, help build goodwill and peace among all people and provide humanitarian services to those in need. Humanitarian service projects typically involve economic and community development, basic education and literacy, maternal and child health, water and sanitation, disease prevention and treatment and conflict prevention and resolution. Efforts to mentor and encourage the next generation of Rotary International leaders fall into this service lane, as does our Club’s support of the Rotary Foundation and Books for International Goodwill.
In 2013, our Club partnered with fellow Rotarian Ken Wood and his NGO Wells for Ghana. With an gift of $5,000, we made it possible for the group to dig a well that brought a supply of life-giving, health-protecting water to an African village for the first time ever. In addition, we continue to support Rotary’s international service projects– including the global eradication of polio– through our enthusiastic support of the Rotary Foundation.
New Generations Service
Rotarians also work with young people to help them become the next generation of leaders, visionaries and peacemakers. The Rotary Club of Frederick has a long tradition young peoople through our support of:
- Bi-annual Mock Interviews program
- Frederick High School’s Interact Club
- Rotary Youth Exchange project
- Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA)
In addition, our club is pleased to host student representatives from a different area high school and their teachers, principals and/or guidance counselors for lunch and fellowship during each month of the school year.