Founded in 1959, the Rotary Club of Bladensburg is a local chapter of Rotary International, a worldwide organization of business people who have been dedicated to service projects for over a century, fostering goodwill and world peace through helping communities in need. The Rotary motto is "Service Above Self." Locally, the Bladensburg Rotary provides grants to numerous local organizations that assist community residents, from children to the elderly, as well as offering hands-on participation in community charity events such as feeding the homeless at Elizabeth House, Margaret Brent Fun Day, Dr. Bear's Toy Box, the Third Grade Dictionary Project, Christmas Stockings for children of the incarcerated, and the School Supply Boxes program. Worldwide, Rotary International and its member clubs assist in many projects from health to education, but they are best known for starting and being one of the biggest sponsors and participants in the "Polio Plus Project" dedicated to eliminating Polio from the entire planet through complete vaccination of all children. The Bladensburg Club supports two orphans in Afghanistan, sponsored a Sewing Machine Project for Widows in Kabul, and is currently working on a water/well project in southern Afghanistan.
In addition to its charitable work, another goal of the organization is to foster fellowship among its members, through regular meetings of each club. The Bladensburg Club meets every Thursday at the Woodmore Country Club. These luncheon meetings offer opportunities to meet and greet with fellow Rotarians, as well as hear from weekly visiting speakers discussing current world developments.
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This year's Special Olympics Day at the Margaret Brent Elementary School in New Carrollton was a great success.
Chairman Milt Jernigan and wife Betty, the Principal, faculty, and staff of the school are to be congratulated for providing such a fun-filled day for the children.
With pony rides, games, and a pizza lunch, it's hard to say who had more fun, the kids or the Rotarians!