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A Message from the Club President
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Thank you for visiting the Rotary Club of Highlands website. The club is made up of almost one hundred service oriented Highlanders who strive daily to make our community a better place for all. The club is entering its 73rd year and is the third largest club in District 7670 which consists of western North Carolina and a portion of South Carolina. The club is part of a dynamic world-wide organization with over 1.2 million members, all of whom strive to serve humanity. The members of the Rotary Club of Highlands work year-round to live out the Rotary motto of “Service above Self”. We strive to be community builders, people of action and problem solvers.


At the community level the Rotary Club will engage in almost thirty service projects this year engaging virtually all of its membership. These programs cover the spectrum of service including the students of the Highlands School by administering free dental programs, financial stipends to teachers to assist them in providing aids for learning, and financial and manpower assistance to improve the school’s physical plant.


In addition, the Rotary Club provides funding and manpower for monthly Community Table dinners during a large portion of the year so Highlanders can come together as a family. Membership comes together several times during the year to provide Bingo nights to provide financial support for worthwhile organizations such as Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts and Shop with A Cop. These programs are symbolic of many other programs that the Rotary Club engages in to make Highlands a better place for all.


Rotary International, the parent organization to which the Rotary Club of Highlands is a faithful financial and manpower contributor, has worked tirelessly since its inception over a century ago to accomplish mandatory milestones for mankind, such as the eradication of polio to finding a cure for Alzheimer’s disease. Rotarians have donated over one billion dollars and thousands of service hours to eradicate polio from the face of the earth. The end is in sight, with only seven cases, in three countries, reported in 2017. In addition, Rotarians have donated several millions of dollars to fund research to solve the tragic progression of Alzheimer’s disease.


As was said by John Germ, Rotary International President for 2016-2017, “Every day you serve in Rotary, you have the opportunity to change lives…That’s what we do.” That is what the Rotary Club of Highlands strives for, every day. Come join us!


Rick Trevathan

President 2017-2018