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COMMUNITY COLUMNIST: Want to make difference? Consider Rotary Club

By David A. Elliot and Bruno A. Uggenti

Are you a young adult, starting out in the early years of your career in our great city? Do you want to make a difference to your community and your world while obtaining valuable mentorship from the established leaders in our city? Have you been around for a while, “doing well” in the workforce, in the trades, in business or in the professions and thinking, “It’s time I started doing something to give back”?
Are you retired and thinking, “Now that I finally have the time I want to do something to give back”?
Do you want to help our community and our world with like-minded people in fun and fellowship in an established worldwide organization with over 1.3 million members and 33,000 clubs worldwide where you can really make a difference?
Consider joining the Rotary Club of Hamilton Mountain. We belong to this club and have for over 20 years. We meet on Mondays at noon at the Mandarin Restaurant on Upper James. Our lunch meeting is just one-and-a-quarter hours long and we usually have an informative guest speaker. It makes for a very interesting luncheon meeting. It will soon become the highlight of your work week.
Rotary Clubs are non-political, non-religious and open to men and women of all cultures, races and creeds. Our motto is “Service Above Self.”
Rotary International was the world’s first service club, established in 1905. Our club has been serving the Hamilton Mountain since 1975.
As a potential new member, you’ll get a chance to become more involved in our community and to provide aid to other parts of the world through the opportunity that the Rotary Club of Hamilton Mountain and Rotary International offer.
Current members of our Hamilton Mountain Rotary Club include a developer, a lawyer, a police officer, an accountant, a funeral director, a tailor, a banquet hall manager, an insurance broker, a banker, an investment adviser, an educator, and many, many more men and women of all ages — literally a cross-section of the leaders in our community. Rotary is no longer just a group of stodgy old men!
All of these different people bring different perspectives to our meetings and different focuses for our local and international volunteer charitable works, and it makes for a whole lot of fun when we meet and have events!
The exuberance and new ideas of younger Rotarians and the experience and time tested wisdom of older Rotarians. A combination of service that’s hard to beat.
Whoever you are and whatever your talents and skills, there is a place for you in Rotary. We are actively looking for new good Rotarians.
Interested in becoming a Rotarian? Want to make a difference? Just contact us and we’ll invite you out to one of our Monday meetings. You won’t regret it! Our club website is and the Rotary International website
Rotary members David A. Elliot and Bruno A. Uggenti can be reached via email at or
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