Rotary Club Celebrates 100 Years

 

 

Back in 1917 a group of thirty-four local business and professional men got together to charter the Rotary Club of Waxahachie. The charter members got together because they had heard that Rotary was organized to do good works and to provide interaction among professionals. With a little more information about the concept some of the men began to talk about it among themselves. They found out how to make application for a club charter and in late 1916 they sent off the application to Rotary International headquarters in Chicago

 

The first application was just rejected because Rotary International thought Waxahachie was too small to support a club. With a lot of persistance another application was prepared and Rotary International decided to take the risk and the charter was granted. It was the 18th club in Texas and the 285th club in the whole world.

These were trying years for the club during World War I and later the Great Depression. However, they supplied shoes and lunches for many school children. They were very active in a drive for books for Sims Library. Intercity meetings were held with clubs in the surrounding area and programs were furnished. Golf matches were also held with many of these same clubs. Boy Scout Troop 232 had been chartered and sponsored by the club in 1927 and the sponsorship continues in 2017. In 1989 a scout cabin was built for the troop. There was an annual dinner for the local orphans at Christmas time with a gift for each child. The club sponsored a state wide picnic every summer in the city park. Hundreds of chickens were barbecued and Rotarians came from all over the state to attend. Dallas, Ft. Worth and Waco clubs chartered special trains to the affair which had as many as 675 attendees.

The Waxahachie club has sponsored other clubs in Hillsboro, Ennis, Lancaster and Midlothian. In addition it has sponsored Interact Clubs at Waxahachie High School and Waxahachie Global High School and a Rotaract Club at Navarro College.

Today under president David Hill the club continues strong with 111 members, male and female, young and old. With the support of the two fundraisers, the Cow Creek Country Classic Bike Ride and the U.S. Flag Subscriptions, over 35 local and international agencies and programs are supported. President David Hill has inplemented a program so that 100% of the members will become Paul Harris Fellows further supporting programs to eradicate polio, provide clean drinking water and world peace.

Looking forward to the next hundred years the hope is that our club will have been found faithful in adhering to the basic tenets of our Four Way test, that, of the things we think, say or do, is it the truth, is it fair to all concerned, will it build goodwill and better friendships and will it be beneficial to all concerned.

For more information about the Rotary Club of Waxahachie where we believe in Service Above Self and doing things as a club we cannot do alone, visit the club web site at www.waxahachierotary.org . You can find American flag subscription forms there and bike ride forms will be available closer to the event in June.

 
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