For the past 100 years, The Rotary Club of Fitchburg has served the community — both locally and worldwide .

“The Rotary motto is ‘Service Above Self’ and I think that the Fitchburg Rotary Club, for 100 years, has embodied that in our city,” said Fitchburg Mayor Stephen DiNatale

On Friday, June 15, 2018 the Fitchburg club will celebrate its 100th anniversary with a Celebration at Oak Hill Country Club in Fitchburg.  Presidents of the 12 Rotary clubs that were sponsored in Massachusetts by the Fitchburg Club have been invited to attend. The event will also will include the installation of the club officers for 2018-2019 by District Governor-elect Steven T. Sager. Special guest and the current year’s Honorary President, Gerry Martel will be congratulated as having served as President of the club 50 years ago, on the occasion of the club’s 50th anniversary.

“Many ask the question, what does Rotary do?” said Denise Wortman, club president. “We strengthen communities, promote peace, support literacy, provide scholarships, and help prevent diseases. Rotary makes a difference, and the Fitchburg club has done so for 100 years, making me proud to be this year’s president.”

The Rotary Club of Fitchburg was officially organized February 4, 1918 and chartered on June 18, 1918. Today, it has 32 members. 

“Since then, The Rotary club has been active and engaged in the community by supporting the Fitchburg HS Band program, handing out dictionaries to third graders, organizing the unsung heroes of the community with a Recognition Dinner, recognizing students with a Student of the Month program and scholarships, to name just a few.

A significant way that Rotary serves is through active participation in the fight to rid the world of polio. In 1988, Rotary teamed up with the World Health Organization, UNICEF, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to create the Global Polio Eradication Initiative. Rotary International has donated more than $1.7 billion and has offered numerous volunteer efforts in the hope of eradicating polio worldwide..

As the Rotary Club of Fitchburg looks ahead to the next 100 years, they are looking “to partner with individuals and organizations to give everybody who wishes, an avenue to interact and participate in the Rotary mission.

The community is welcome to attend and should contact Karen Fusco at kfusco25@gmail.com for the details or request an email invitation.

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