Crofton Rotary is service!

Women and men join together through Rotary to be of service to their community and world-wide projects.  The Crofton Rotary Club has it "roots" in the Bowie-Crofton Rotary Club that started in 1969.  Bowie, an established community, and Crofton, a nearby growing new community, provided an opportunity to join in the effort to obtain the required 20 persons to charter a Rotary Club.  When the charter was granted, the club met in the evening for dinner, an unusual meeting time as most clubs met for lunch.  It worked because both were basically "bed-room" communities.

Over the years, the club grew to nearly 50 members.  This provided many hands for community service, including roadside litter cleanup and presentation of an annual "Outstanding Service Award" to an employee of businesses with public contact.  Membership also provides for fellowship, business contacts, leadership experience and social events.

When over half of membership lived in Crofton, it was decided to change the name to the Greater Crofton Rotary Club on April 1, 2001.  This indicated that persons within the entire Crofton area are welcomed as members.  Later, the meeting time was changed to a breakfast club as if fit the schedule for most members.  In 2007, the name was changed to Crofton Rotary as the listing as "Greater" resulted in confusion in all listings of the club.

One very rewarding project is the annual distribution of a dictionary to each third grader in Crofton area elementary schools.  Another recent major project was to remodel the teachers' lounge in the Crofton Elementary Schools.  Currently, the club sponsors an Interact Club at South River High School.  It's a service club for young people to participate in meaningful service projects, develop leadership skills and provide fellowship.

The Rotary motto Service Above Self conveys the humanitarian spirit of Rotary International's more than 1.2 million members.  Strong fellowship among Rotarians and meaningful community and international service projects (like Crofton Rotary's school project in Brazil) characterize Rotary worldwide.

Written by E. Rankin Lusby