Rotary International recognizes several avenues of service, and Metro is active in all of them!
Metro members organize our annual Trivia Night and also arrange our excellent weekly programs that keep us in touch with what is happening throughout the community. We have regular opportunities for Fellowship beyond the weekly meetings, and we are proud to have a club where 50% of our members are women (proud of our men too!) and many generations are supported and interact well (members range from 30s to 90s). Membership diversity is a priority of both our recruitment and retention efforts.
Metro members actively serve throughout the community in many different ways. You can read about our club sponsored community service projects here. You also will see our name on plaques for past projects that we helped to sponsor including the new accessible playground at the Farmer’s Market, the rain garden at Park Avenue Preschool, and both the fitness trail in front of Douglass High and the gardens in the back. Our longest running Community Service Project is our Partnership In Education with the school district’s Title 1 pre-school program. This program began in 2003, and we have proudly donated over $20,000 to purchase books and other literacy aids for CPS schools and the District’s new Center for Early Learning.
Vocational Service and new generations service
Metro members use their vocational expertise to assist with a variety of business and education projects. We mentor youth through our Reach Out Metro project and have provided workshops on networking, interviewing, and resume building at Rock Bridge, Hickman, and Battle high schools. Annually we recognize a community member who represents the Rotary ideal of Vocational Service
The Rotary Foundation is one of the best known and highly regarded charitable foundations in the world and we are fortunate to have several knowledgeable members overseeing our Foundation activities and International Service projects. Click here to review a presentation on the many international projects we have partnered with clubs in other countries to complete.
In addition, Metro has assisted with numerous international projects. Within the last ten years, Metro has provided funding for the following projects:
Latur, India Schools (2006)
Bhatkal, India School (2007)
Chandanwadi, India (2008)
Kargaon and Vele, India (2009-2010)
Dam allam Koira, Niger (2011)
Ankleshwar, India (2014)