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Rotary Club shows it cares | LETTER TO THE EDITOR

To the editor:

It was in Chicago in February 1905 that Paul Harris, an attorney, started the Rotary Club of Chicago and brought into being the world’s first service club. Harris wanted his professional club to capture and cultivate the friendly spirit he experienced in the small towns of his youth. He succeeded. And here, in this small town in Island County, we’re here to testify to that.

Last week, the local Rotary Club, under the direction of Terry Rose and June Davis, came to the South Whidbey Center and gave our building one terrific face-lift.

This crew of good-natured Rotarians, with paint rollers and brushes in hand, arrived in the last of the summer sunshine to paint and trim the exterior of our building.

Senior Services of Island County salutes these individuals, the club and everything it stands for. Since 1943, the Rotary has operated with a code of ethics that filters all actions and considerations through four “tests.”

Is it TRUTHFUL?

Is it FAIR to all concerned?

Will it build GOODWILL and BETTER FRIENDSHIPS?

Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?

Today, 1.2 million Rotarians abide by these four tests in over 32,000 Rotary clubs in more than 200 countries. The decision of the local organization to help the South Whidbey Senior Center take on a fresh look definitely passed each of these tests. But they did more. They helped create a sense of freshness and invigoration here. They put a big smile on the building for all who enter here. We couldn’t be more grateful.

ELIZABETH HARRIS

South Whidbey Center Director

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