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Club looks at present and future, besides its first 25 years of history

The Rotary Club of Sherwood is a medium size club by Rotary standards and while the club only has 38 members at this time; it is still a very active civic organization that meets each Wednesday at 7 a.m. at St. Vincent Hospital/North, 2215 Wildwood Ave.

The object of Rotary is “to encourage and foster the ideal of service as a basis of worthy enterprise.” Thus the Sherwood community has benefited from this Club’s philanthropic activities, according to its current president, Beverly Williams.

“As professionals, Rotary has established and even tweaked over the past decades a declaration called The Four Way Test of Rotary,” said Williams.

She said the following is the test club members pride themselves in trying to always abide by it:

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?

Williams said there have been some new activities this year for the club, including:

In September, the “Conquer the Climb” 5K Run was held in Sherwood Forest.

In November, a fundraising lunch was held at the Outback Steakhouse. “Outback Steakhouse partnered with the club and opened its doors one day for lunch with all proceeds going to fund the College Scholarships and Elementary Home Library Projects,” Williams said.

In February, Valentine’s Day Flower Delivery was accomplished. “We partnered with a local Florist to deliver their flowers and spread love on Valentine’s Day,” she said.

This month, the Sherwood Rotary Scholarship initiative is taking place where four college scholarships will be awarded — two $1,000 scholarships to 2013 high school graduates and two $500 scholarships to non-traditional students attending Pulaski Technical College.

In January all members were given personalized Sherwood Rotary Business Cards for them to share with members in the community as they share the ideas of Rotary and its programs, she said.

In February, a New Generations Reception was held where 18 Sherwood young professionals were introduced to ideas of Rotary.

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