Washington Noon Rotary
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Rotary is an organization of business and professional leaders united worldwide who provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and help build goodwill and peace in the world.
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.
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King Chicken Function Room
601 Carolina Avenue
Washington, NC 27889
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History of Washington Noon Rotary
The Rotary Club of Washington (Noon) was begun as an expansion project of the Rotary Club of Washington (evening) during that Club’s 1991-92 program year. President A. B. (Brownie) Futrell, Jr. appointed Hodges Hackney, Len McDonald, Allen Rhodes and Ed Scott to serve with him on a committee to investigate interest in a new noonday club. At the outset, it was decided that the new club would encourage the membership of women and minorities in order to broaden the opportunities for Rotary service in the community. Former Rotarians and those who had never been Rotarians were contacted to determine interest, and response was very positive.
The first meeting of the prospective club was held in February 1992, with 27 in attendance. Based on the interest expressed, regular meetings were held each week thereafter. The evening club provided guidance and program support until the new club had the requisite 25 charter members and could officially organize. The Rotary Club of Washington (Noon) held its organizational meeting on April 13, 1992 with 38 charter members. Hodges Hackney served as interim president until the end of the Rotary year. George Thigpen was elected President – Elect; Rachel Hackney, Secretary; and Robert Hackney, Treasurer. A Club constitution and by-laws were adopted in accordance with Rotary International rules. The charter for the new club was officially presented by Charles Cooper of Jacksonville, NC, Governor of District 7730, on June 29, 1992.
Rotary districts were realigned shortly after the club was formed, with the Washington clubs moving into District 7720. Noon Rotary, whose membership now represents a wide cross-section of community leaders, grew and quickly became one of the leading clubs in the district. The club conducts several major fund-raising projects annually to support local charities, in addition to providing volunteer manpower for community needs. Noon Rotary led an ambitious $300,000 international project in 2007 to provide prostheses for children in Sri Lanka injured by land mines from a civil war. It is a 100% Paul Harris Sustaining Member club for the Rotary International Foundation, and it achieved 100% Paul Harris Fellow membership in 2015-16. The club also provides leadership to District 7720, with Tom Payne serving as District Governor in 2002-03 and Spencer Stanley elected District Governor for 2020-21. Noon Rotary is a major Rotary success story and epitomizes the Rotary motto of “Service Above Self ”.
"We want everyone in our community to have healthy and happy lives, and we will continue to work toward that goal."
– Roland Wyman –
“Volunteers are unpaid not because they are worthless, but because they are priceless.”
– Anonymous –
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