November is Rotary Foundation ...

Rotary provides many opportunities for giving especially through the five avenues of service:  club service, vocational service, community service, international service and new generations (youth) serviced.  Through each avenue of service, Rotarians give of their time and talents to help […]

October is Economic & Com...

Did you know that nearly 1.4 billion employed people live on less than $1.25 a day?  Through worldwide projects, Rotarians are working to promote economic and community development and to reduce poverty in underserved communities.  Training is made available, well-paying […]

September is Basic Education &...

  For over 15 years, Metro has enjoyed its Partner in Education relationship with the Columbia Public Schools.  Last month, we heard Nicole Langston, Director of the CPS Title I program speak about the importance of high-quality early experiences for children […]

August is Membership & Ne...

  August is Membership and New Club Development month.  One of my goals this year is to increase our net membership total by four new members.  I think this is very possible.  We have a solid core of members who […]

Welcome to Columbia Metro Rota...

If you are visiting this website then you are probably either already a member of the Columbia Metro Rotary Club or are someone who is interested in “being the inspiration” for someone, or something, in our community, state, nation, and […]

June is Rotary Fellowships Mon...

As you have most likely noticed I have tried to begin each of our meetings this year by giving you an opportunity to reintroduce yourself to someone nearby. At first I asked you to look at the spelling of each […]

May is Youth Services Month

Franklin D. Roosevelt once said “We cannot always build the future for our youth, but we can build our youth for the future.”  Rotary International has consistently been at the forefront of providing opportunities for youth to develop the skills […]

April is Maternal and Child He...

Last month we highlighted the efforts of Rotarians to provide clean water and sanitation to areas of the world lacking these basic necessities.  In many of these same regions poor living conditions contribute to an alarming rate of mortality among […]

March is Water & Sanitati...

From the various water projects in which our club has participated (thanks to the leadership of our own Tom O’Connor), we have come to know the obstacles that many people across the globe face when it comes to some of […]

February is Peace & Confl...

One of the six areas of focus of Rotary we don’t seem to talk about as much is peace and conflict resolution and prevention, which happens to be the theme for the month of February.   It is often, however, the […]

January is Vocational Service ...

At the beginning of every Rotary meeting I ask club members to take a few seconds to reintroduce themselves to those around them and become familiar with each others’ classification on their name badges.  There is a reason that we […]

December is Disease Prevention...

During the month of December we recognize all that Rotary International and Rotarians are doing to combat diseases through effective treatment and prevention.  It was certainly no small task that RI decided to take on in 1985 when we pledged […]

November is Rotary Foundation ...

Many people decide to become a part of Rotary because they see in this organization a real opportunity to live out the motto of “service above self.”  They are seeking truly meaningful ways to give back to their community.   Rotary […]

October is Economic and Commun...

The Rotary theme for the month of October is Economic and Community Development.   Despite what the political rhetoric might suggest, we know that we are privileged to live in one of the wealthiest and most economically prosperous countries in the […]

September is Basic Education &...

One of our weekly presenters last month was Mary Rook, director of the Columbia Public Schools Federal Title I preschool program.  Mary has been a long time friend and partner with Metro Rotary.   In her presentation, she discussed the […]

Are You a Rotarian?

Last year around this time the new Governor of Rotary District 6080, David Bixler, paid us a visit.  In his presentation he asked one very important question for each of us to ponder.   Are we Rotarians or just Rotary club […]

Welcome to Columbia Metro Rota...

  If you are visiting this website then you are probably either already a member of the Columbia Metro Rotary Club or are someone who is interested in “making a difference” in our community, state, nation, and the world.   […]

June is Rotary Fellowships Mon...

I love hearing the energy and laughter that surround our table conversations at the beginning of every meeting.   Our members enjoy each other’s company, have interesting things to say, and are happy to hear from each other.  That sense of […]

May is Youth Service Month

Did you know that it is more difficult for a child born in Boone County to be able to move up out of poverty than anywhere else in Missouri?  Or that more than 40% of our school children in Columbia […]

April is Maternal & Child...

Over the years, and most recently on March 22, our club has enjoyed the company of children and grandchildren attending with our members.  Sharing news of families is part of our weekly “Family of Rotary” announcement. Learning about our families […]