We're a large club with very active members. In Lincoln, we are involved in The Gathering Place, several mentoring opportunities for members, some recognition events including "Nebraskan of the Year" and "Salute to Business" and just recently we've turned our attention to Everett Elementary School.
Rotary 14 is one of the oldest Rotary Clubs in the world, we're more than 100 years old and we have a rich history. But, that doesn't mean we're only focused on the past. Instead, we're building on a solid foundation of worthwhile projects over those 100 years and we're looking ahead to 2020 and beyond.
While our membership average age may suggest we do things the old fashioned way, this year we're making a concerted effort to get all of our members online when they need to access our directory, or just pull out their phone and connect to the ClubRunner App.
For years, Club 14 (as we sometimes call ourselves) has been raising money and growing our foundation. We're closing in on a two-million-dollar balance in our foundation. This year, we plan on adding $60,000 to that amount through our fund raising event, "Rise, Shine, Give."
Finally, we're like any other organization, we have some very active folks and then there are those who show up now and then. Well, we're going to do all we can to spark a little more involvement, get everyone engaged and involved. And when we do, we hope our membership will grow.
Oh, and fun . . . we're certainly not a bunch of stuffed shirts. We laugh, we tease, we have fun because that's just the way we are.
During the 2018-19 Rotary year Rotary 14 will:
1. Be known in Nebraska as the premier service club in the state.
2. In the area of club service, we will establish and offer satellite club meetings at a time and location other than noon downtown and we will seek to have every member involved in at least one service activity during the year.
3. For a vocational service goal, Club 14 will seek to increase business networking events such as Business Networking Day and Business of the Year event.
4. Our club will establish a vocational program with Everett Elementary and establish a scholarship to offer one of Everett’s graduates when she/he graduates from high school.
5. For a community service goal, Club 14 will work with our Foundation to establish funding for mini grants seeking to foster small projects that can be completed in a short period of time of a month or two.
6. We will seek, in cooperation with both the RI and Rotary 14 Foundations, to “put a face” on projects with more stories about projects being funded.
7. In the area of public relations, we will seek to establish a “content committee” that will encourage and promote collaboration among the various aspects of the club including our weekly program speakers, our service projects, grants from our Foundation and the RI Foundation and activities of our individual members. We anticipate this will lead to an improved image in the community and among our members.