RTP Rotary Club Named Best in the Triangle
RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C., JUNE 07, 2016 — The RTP Rotary Club has been named the best club in the Rotary district covering the Triangle, an accomplishment that recognizes the growth, community service, and example it has set for other Rotary clubs.
The RTP Rotary Club has deep roots in the community, its history running parallel to Research Triangle Park itself. Former Gov. Luther Hodges founded the club 48 years ago. Despite that legacy, the club fell on hard times in recent years. In 2014, membership was down to 14 members and attendance at meetings was sparse. Club activity was inconsistent and its finances were in declining health.
Club leaders started a reboot intended to build on the club’s historical legacy while reflecting the modern nature of today’s Research Triangle Park. The club has gone from having only one annual signature event to holding seven service projects over the last fiscal year, with more projects planned. Membership grew to 45, reflecting RTP’s diversity in age, gender, and professional experience. Attendance at meetings is robust, and participation in service projects is strong. The membership resurgence has bolstered finances and the club has hit high marks for contributions to polio vaccination, giving to the Annual Fund, and Rotary Foundation giving.
The RTP Rotary Club’s resurgence was recognized by Rotary District 7710, the district encompassing 46 clubs in the Triangle, and by Rotary International. Among the club’s honors are the Public Image Citation, the Rotary International Presidential Citation, and the Governor’s 5 Star Award with Distinction. The district also formally recognized the club with awards for membership growth and for its Martin Luther King, Jr. Day service project, a meal-packing event that benefited food pantries in the Triangle.
“I am extremely proud of what the RTP Rotary Club has accomplished during its reboot,” Club President Andrew Kerr said. “We have built a club that is the leading civic organization in RTP and the best Rotary Club in central North Carolina.”
The RTP Rotary Club meets every Monday at noon in The Frontier, 800 Park Offices Dr., in RTP.
To come learn more about the RTP Rotary Club, you can email us at: President@RTPRotary.org
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President, RTP Rotary Club