About The Rotary Club of Aiken

Rotary is about Neighbors, Friends, Problem-Solvers sharing ideas, and taking action to create lasting change.

Approximately 1.2 million Rotarians belong to more than 31,000 Rotary clubs located in 166 countries. Rotarians deploy their time, their talents and their donations to ``Do Good In The World`` by placing ``Service Above Self``.

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What Is Rotary

The mission of Rotary is to provide business, professional, and community leaders an opportunity for service to others in order to benefit our community and to promote high ethical standards, fellowship, and goodwill worldwide.

Rotary club membership represents a cross-section of the community’s business and professional men and women. The world’s Rotary clubs meet weekly and are nonpolitical, nonreligious, and open to all cultures, races, and creeds.

The Object of Rotary is to encourage and foster the ideal of service as a basis of worthy enterprise and, in particular, to encourage and foster:

  • FIRST – The development of acquaintance as an opportunity for service;
  • SECOND – High ethical standards in business and professions, the recognition of the worthiness of all useful occupations, and the dignifying of each Rotarian’s occupation as an opportunity to serve society;
  • THIRD – The application of the ideal of service in each Rotarian’s personal, business, and community life;
  • FOURTH – The advancement of international understanding, goodwill, and peace through a world fellowship of business and professional persons united in the ideal of service.

History Of The Rotary Cub of Aiken

The Aiken Rotary Club was founded in 1939 with 16 charter members. Early club activities represented the focus of a small rural Southern town: sponsoring a Cub Scout Pack, helping organized the Aiken County Band, and funding the Coronation Ball as part of the Aiken Cotton Festival.

The 1950s brought the Atomic Energy Commission’s Savannah River Plant (SRP) to Aiken. Several SRP leaders joined the club and membership grew to 74 by 1959. The Aiken Rotary Club sponsored the creation of two additional clubs, the Sunrise Club which also meets in Aiken, and the North Augusta Club.

Today the Aiken Rotary Club is the second largest Rotary club in South Carolina boasting more than 180 members representing a broad cross section of occupations including representatives from non-profits, service industry, manufacturing, educational institutions and government.

About Our Community Involvement

  1. Sponsors the Interact Club at Aiken High School
  2. Provides financial support to numerous community service organizations
  3. Sponsors the Roteract Club at USC Aiken
  4. College Scholarships
  5. Support Habitat For Humanity in building homes

Rotary 4-Way Test

All Rotarians are expected to meet high ethical standards in business and personal relationships. At every Aiken Club meeting, Rotarians cite their commitment that in the things they think, say, or do, they will first ask themselves:

1. Is it the TRUTH?

2. Is it FAIR to all Concerned?

3. Will it build GOODWILL and BETTER FRIENDSHIPS?

4. Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?

Believing that students’ involvement in the Rotary International concept of “service above self” while pursuing their education may lead to both community benefit and future potential membership in Rotary International and a local Rotary club, the Aiken Rotary Club has been instrumental in the formation of student clubs at both high school and college levels in Aiken.

The high school program known as Interact is now in its 3rd year at Aiken High School and boasts a record 54 students. The club will perform two community service projects annually, one of which furthers international understanding and goodwill. Interact club members also support the Aiken Rotary club in presenting the annual Alzheimers’ Research fundraising breakfast. More than 300,000 students are currently Interact members in more than 13,200 clubs in 133 countries.

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The Aiken Rotary Club also assisted in the creation of the Rotoract club for college-age students at the University of South Carolina Aiken (USCA). Also committed to the tenets of Rotary, the USCA Rotoract club began with ten charter members in 2014 now enters its fourth school year. Among other projects, USCA Rotaract members have joined with the Aiken Rotary Club’s Rotary Readers in supporting the literacy growth of students at East Aiken Elementary School for the Arts.

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