The Motto of Rotary “Service Above Self.”
When a member of the Fayetteville Rotary Club learned that there was not going to be a Christmas Parade in 1999, he approached his club and the other two Rotary Clubs in Fayetteville at the time, suggesting that this would be an excellent Community Service Project. The clubs agreed and banded together to insure Fayetteville would continue to have a Christmas Parade.
The Rotarians were fortunate that one of their members, Greg Gunn, had helped with a Christmas Parade in another city, he agreed to chair the parade. When his job took him to another city the following year, Johnson Chestnutt and Matthew Smith agreed to co-chair the Parade. With the passing of Johnson in 2017, it was determined that Matthew needed some assistance with the parade at the Rotary Christmas Parade Committee was established.
One of the goals set by the committee is to bring in aa Grand Marshal that the children of Fayetteville can look to for inspiration. An individual that children can relate to, someone who presents good moral character and who parents would not be displeased to see their child emulate.
The Rotarians are very appreciative of the support they have been given by the community. The first Rotary Christmas Parade had about 50 entries; that has now grown to 110-120 units with some coming from out of state. Support from the business community has been a blessing. We have had several well known past sponsors as well as our current sponsors Rotary International, FayTV and Chick-Fil-A.
Rotary in Fayetteville
Fayetteville is fortunate to have four Rotary clubs representing about 120 members. The Fayetteville Rotary Clubs come under Rotary International’s District 7730. The Fayetteville Rotary Club is the original Fayetteville club, formed on May 1, 1920. This club holds an evening meeting at 6:30pm on Mondays at Scrub Oaks on Ramsey Street. The West Fayetteville Rotary Club was formed on January 27, 1972. This club holds a lunch meeting at the Heritage Place at 1:00pm on Thursdays. The LaFayette Rotary Club was formed in December 1988. They are a morning club and meet at 7:30 AM at Quality Sound and Video on Bragg Blvd. The Liberty Point Rotary Club was formed July 1, 2018. This club meets the first Thursday of the month at The 1762 on Fort Bragg Road. In addition to our local area Fayetteville Rotary Clubs, we are also assisted by E-Club of the Carolinas, a virtual Rotary Club with members from around the world.
LOCAL ROTARY CLUBS SERVICE PROJECTS
In addition to sponsoring the Rotary Christmas Parade as a collective effort of the 4 local clubs are individually involved in many Service projects such as:
The Rotary Cumberland County Golf Championship
Rotary Junior Tennis Tournament
Rotary Cottage at the Boys and Girls Home at Lake Waccamaw
Rotary Loudermilk Scholarship Award at Methodist College
Downtown Linear Park Overlook
RAD – Rotarians Against Drugs – A program in the Cumberland County Schools
Cumberland Community Foundation – West Fayetteville Endowment Fund, supporting charitable projects in the Fayetteville area
Dictionary Book Club – Provides dictionaries to 3rd grade classes in Cumberland County
Roger Red – A program for troubled youth which helps get them back in school and provides mentoring and help with their personal lives.