This is an excerpt from the Club’s own book celebrating the club’s 25th Anniversary in 1985:
The Rotary Club of Maple Valley is a spoke in the wheel of the oldest service club in the world established in 1905 by Paul Harris. In 2012 there were 33,000 clubs nationally and internationally in more than 200 countries with more than 1.2 million members. It was named Rotary because originally the club rotated meetings from one member’s business to another.
The original goal of Rotary was networking with a cross-section of their community’s business owners, executives, managers, political leaders and professionals—people who made decisions and influenced policy.
But the heart of the organization is its motto of “Service Above Self.” There are Four Avenues of Service that guide the efforts of its members: Community Service; International Service; Vocational Service and Club Service.
Locally, members have made their community a better place to live by rolling up their sleeves and cleaning up the Cedar River and its shoreline; establishing a lasting legacy in the Fred Habenicht Park; starting “Make a Difference Day;” raising funds by holding auctions and golf tournaments. These funds pay for student scholarships, exchange programs, “Shop with a Cop,” Christmas dinners for senior citizens, clean water in Cambodia, health facilities in Cameroon, Braille books for Nepal, a new gym in Black Diamond and the list goes on.
Members also abide by their Four-Way Test in everything that they think or say:
- Is it the TRUTH?
- Is it FAIR to all concerned?
- Will it build GOODWILL and BETTER FRIENDSHIPS?
- Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?
When the 25th anniversary of the Club approached, Maple Valley Rotary wanted to celebrate with a book chronicling their outstanding history. I’m pleased to have been asked to compile this book for such an amazing group of people and thankful to Sue VanRuff for her hours of formatting it.