Milford has many clubs and public service organizations. Following is a profile of the Milford Rotary Club, based on questions and answers from one of its members.
How long has the Milford Rotary Club existed?
Since Feb. 13, 1924.
How many members are there?
There are 95 members.
How often does the club meet?
Once a week, at 12:15 p.m. at Aldario’s. There is an evening meeting once a month as well.
Where does the club meet?
Aldario’s, 240 Naugatuck Avenue Milford, CT 06460
Are there dues to pay?
$200 per year, $100 in two six-month installments.
What are some annual events the club takes part in?
Lobster Bake, Blues, Brews & BBQ, Oyster Festival, Polio Plus fundraising.
What is the key reason the club exists?
“Service Above Self” is the motto for Rotary International. Rotary is a worldwide organization of business and professional leaders that provides humanitarian service and encourages high ethical standards in all vocations.
Does the club hold any major fund-raisers?
Lobster Bake in July, Blues, Brews & BBQ in the spring.
Can anyone join?
There is an application process, and acceptance is not automatic. Anyone of who meets the Four Way test can join.
How do I go about joining the Milford Rotary Club?
Come to lunch, see if it’s a fit, and apply for membership.
Is the club affiliated with any other clubs?
Milford Rotary is a part of Rotary International, which has 1.2 million members in over 34,000 clubs worldwide. Rotary also has Interact clubs.
Who is the club president?
Every year the president changes. For the 2012-13 year, Gina DeLucca is the president.
The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International is a non-profit corporation that promotes world understanding through humanitarian service and educational and cultural exchanges.
When Rotary began the fight in 1985, polio affected 350,000 people, mostly children, in 125 countries every year. Since then, polio has been reduced by more than 99%.
While best known for its annual Lobster Bake, Milford Rotary’s influence can be seen throughout the city of Milford and is felt throughout the world.
From offering scholarships to high school graduates, to providing lunches to poor local youth, Milford Rotary provides funds and service to those in need.
With ongoing support to the Beth-El center, the club provides toiletries, food and financial support.
Through its “Do Good” collections each week, club members have funded education and meals for children living in garbage dumps in the Philippines and provided medical assistance to those hurting in Haiti. Supporting veterans, immigrants, exchange students — causes local and abroad — Milford Rotarians are ready to step in and provide “Service Above Self.”
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