As July 1, 2013 quickly approached the new Rotary Club President of Fair Oaks, Mike Maddox, is excited about the possibilities. Rotary is the largest and oldest service club in the world with 1.2 million members and 33,000 clubs around the world. Their goal is simple: make the world a better place. The club contributes to a ton of projects, but one of the primary goals is to eradicate Polio worldwide. As of 2013, cases of Polio are down to three countries.
Rotary is divided into three levels – Rotary International, which is divided into Districts, which is divided into clubs. The Sacramento District has around forty clubs. Here is the cool part: money raised by the club is matched by the District and then matched by Rotary International. So a $3,000 dollar project becomes $6,000 which becomes $12,000.
Mike Maddox is excited about this years’ possibilities. Giving back to his community and participating in charity work are Mikes number one reasons for joining the organization. So he would like to ensure the club does the most good in their community. The club is involved in numerous projects to give back but the one with the most impact recently was giving back to the library in order to remodel the Children’s section. Which involved donating over 150 hours of labor (mostly moving books) and with the help of their friends at the library raising $16,000.
The Fair Oaks Club also participates in numerous annual projects such as eight gifts of $1,000 to the local high school graduating students, food baskets for about eighty families at Christmas time, serving dinner monthly at the St. James Shelter for Women, sponsoring exchange students, annual crab feed fundraiser, and sponsoring two to four high school students to go to a week long Rotary Leadership Camp.
As Mike Maddox takes the reigns on July 1, 2013 he hopes to inspire more greatness with in the community. The leadership he has displayed over the years with in the Rotary Club will help the transition to President come July. His goal for the coming years is to continue inspiring others to take charge and give back to the communities.
Interested in giving back to your community and being part of the Rotary Club? Please visit Rotary.org for more information.