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Rotary to celebrate 100 years next month

The Ironton Rotary Club is set to celebrate 100 years of service to community.

“Our centennial celebration is 6 p.m., March 7 at the Ohio University Southern rotunda,” Nathan Davis, president of the group, said.

He said RSVPs and tickets can be purchased on the group’s website, www.irontonrotaryclub.org.

Davis, who has been president of the group since July 1, said they have about 40 members.

“They range from lawyers, to judges, to blue collar workers,” he said.

They hosted their annual pancake breakfast at the Knights of Columbus earlier this month, raising funds for service projects, including scholarships for area residents who are pursuing a nursing degree and demonstrate financial need.

Davis said the anniversary of their charter is March 1. He said, for the centennial celebration, they are looking into a “legacy project,” and are considering a few ideas.

“It would be something we could give to the community that they could use for a long time,” he said.

In addition to the scholarships, Rotary is involved in a number of service projects throughout the year, including:

•DICTIONARY AND THESAURUS PROJECT: Every year the Rotary Club delivers dictionaries to all third-grade students and thesauruses to all fifth-grade students in Lawrence County. Over the past 13 years, the club has donated over 10,000 books.

•GUATEMALA WATER PROJECT: Water-borne disease has been identified as a national priority in Guatemala given the high incidence of diarrheal disease and chronic malnutrition. This project distributes water filters and stoves that enable access to clean water and improve cooking conditions by increasing fuel efficiency and reducing harmful indoor air pollution.

• IRONTON ROTARY CLUB FOUNTAIN: The Ironton Rotary Club fountain is a landmark in the community, located in the center of the city. The Ironton Rotary Club helps to clean, landscape and maintain this piece of Ironton history.

•POLIO ERADICATION: Rotary International, with the support of local Rotary clubs, has been working for more than 30 years to eradicate polio worldwide. The goal to rid the world of this disease is closer than ever. Rotary clubs have helped immunize more than 2.5 billion children in 122 countries and have contributed more than $1.8 billion toward eradicating this debilitating disease for children across the globe.

Rotary joins other community organizations in reaching the milestone. The Child Welfare Club and the Ironton Elks marked a century last year. The Ironton Lions will celebrate 100 years in 2023.