Metro members will continue to attract professional men and women who share common goals for community betterment. Membership diversity will continue to be a high priority, and all members are encouraged to contribute to the growth of our club. Our excellent programs will continue, and our distribution of club activities to members and the local media will remain constant as we strive to inform everyone of Metro involvement in community affairs, the history of Rotary and the object and scope of Rotary.
Metro will continue to devise and carry out plans that will guide and assist members of our community with regard to welfare and quality of life issues. We will continue our support of the Central Missouri Food Bank’s Score Against Hunger Campaign and our volunteerism efforts for the Salvation Army’s bell ringing campaign. The distribution of bicycles to disadvantaged youth has been a popular project, and will be continued. Also, our support of students to the annual RYLA camp will continue.
Members will use their vocational expertise to assist with business and education projects as requested. For several years, members have volunteered to judge the annual Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) contests in Columbia. This strong volunteerism will continue. By participating in mentoring, career days, vocational awards, etc. Metro members can assist hardworking members of our community and students who may need direction and/or expertise.
Metro Rotary has been known for its support of exchange programs. Our members seem to learn as much from the hosting experiences as our guests. We look forward to continuing the successful exchange student program. Also, we are fortunate to have a strong committee overseeing Rotary Foundation activities. Fund development will continue as well as educational programs on Foundation programs (i.e. PolioPlus).
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)