About Our Club

The Rotary Club of Gilmer County was chartered on June 29, 1989. The club's charter president was Clyde Edwards. Dalton was the sponsoring club. Our Charter Night was quite an affair. There were a number of nearby clubs represented, including Cartersville, Dalton, Calhoun, Canton, and Dahlonega.

The club spent the first few years growing its membership, experimenting with various fundraisers, and increasing its support of GRSP and the Rotary Foundation. Within four years, the club began to participate in projects beyond local boundries: a donation to hurricane victims in Homestead Florida, a contribution to flood victims in South Georgia, and participating in several projects in third world countries.

By 1997, the club had sponsored and organized the Friends of Gilmer County Library and started an Interact Club at Gilmer High School. They also started an annual gold tournament, which was to be the club's primary fundraiser for the next ten years.

By 1998, the club had received Vocational and Youth Services Awards from District 6940, hosted a group study exchange team from Indonesiia, and sponsored an Ambassadorial Scholar.

The Gilmer High School Interact Club has been extremely active during its existence. A number of students have held postions at the district level. Rotarians and Interactors join together each year on several projects, including sponsoring events for local foster children and a booth at the Apple Festival.

Under the leadership of club president Larry Bryant, all club members became Paul Harris sustaining members in 2004 and continues to be a 100% Paul Harris club. In 2014 we celebrated the Twenty-fifth Anniversary of our club with a celebratory banquet. In 2017, the Centennial Anniversary of the Rotary Foundation, our club will help host the International Convention of Rotary in Atlanta.

About Rotary International

Rotary is a worldwide organization of business and professional leaders that provides humanitarian service, encourages high ethical standards in all vocations, and helps build goodwill and peace in the world. Approximately 1.2 million Rotarians belong to more than 31,000 Rotary clubs located in 166 countries. Rotary club membership represents a cross-section of the community's business and professional men and women. The world's Rotary clubs meet weekly and are nonpolitical, nonreligious, and open to all cultures, races, and creeds. The main objective of Rotary is service - in the community, in the workplace, and throughout the world. Rotarians develop community service projects that address many of today's most critical issues, such as children at risk, poverty and hunger, the environment, illiteracy, and violence. They also support programs for youth, educational opportunities and international exchanges for students, teachers, and other professionals, and vocational and career development. The Rotary motto is Service Above Self. Although Rotary clubs develop autonomous service programs, all Rotarians worldwide are united in a campaign for the global eradication of polio. In the 1980s, Rotarians raised US$240 million to immunize the children of the world; by 2005, Rotary's centenary year and the target date for the certification of a polio-free world, the PolioPlus program will have contributed US$500 million to this cause. In addition, Rotary has provided an army of volunteers to promote and assist at national immunization days in polio-endemic countries around the world. The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International is a not-for-profit corporation that promotes world understanding through international humanitarian service programs and educational and cultural exchanges. It is supported solely by voluntary contributions from Rotarians and others who share its vision of a better world. Since 1947, the Foundation has awarded more than US$1.1 billion in humanitarian and educational grants, which are initiated and administered by local Rotary clubs and districts.