Join Rotary to lend a hand
LAUGHLIN — The Rotary Club of Laughlin is looking for a few good volunteers ready to help address global and local issues.
The group has a solid core of volunteers but hopes to gain more helping hands so more projects can be done at the local level and on a broader scale, in keeping with the club’s charter.
The club meets weekly at 5:30 p.m. PST in the Big Horn Cafe at the Laughlin River Lodge on Casino Drive. They begin each meeting with reciting the Pledge of Allegiance and all activities must pass the Five-Way Test. Most Rotary clubs apply a Four-Way Test, but Laughlin has added an additional element.
The test includes:
• Is it the truth?
• Is it fair to all concerned?
• Will it build goodwill and better friendships?
• Will it be beneficial to all concerned?
• How do we make it fun?
“Rotary is an international service organization which works to do good in our communities locally and globally,” said Rotary president Cassandra Cryil. “The Rotary Club of Laughlin works to help the local community through helping the schools and children, the food bank and other local organizations. We are currently in the process of putting a peace pole at Laughlin Junior Senior High School.”
The Peace Pole is a monument that includes the message “May Peace Prevail on Earth” in multiple languages on all four sides, meant as a visual reminder to aim for peace.
“We sponsor youth to attend leadership conferences (such as) Rotary Youth Leadership Awards, and to advance academically with scholarships,” said Cyril.
The group handed out dictionaries and provided small grants to teachers to help with classroom supplies and materials, she said.
Rotary also gives out scholarships to graduating seniors.
“Internationally the main focus of Rotary is to eliminate polio,” said Cryil. “We have been raising money and doing immunizations to help us get it to only three remaining countries.”
Recently the LJSHS Interact Club, a youth extension of Rotary Club, raised more than $90 for the Purple Pinkie Project. The Purple Pinkie Project is an immunization project where children who receive vaccinations get a purple stamp on their little finger.
Locally, the group also participated in a food packing event and donated more than 10,000 meals to the Colorado River Food Bank, Cyril said.
Service projects are the main focus and club members are encouraged to participate in a variety of activities such as conferences, as a way of furthering a Rotarian’s learning, she said.
“Every year there is a district conference and an international conference,” said Cyril. “There are also learning seminars in the spring and fall and ongoing online support and classes.”
Cyril is encouraging anyone who has that pull toward helping others to consider the Rotary Club of Laughlin.
“It is the largest service organization in the world,” said Cyril. “You have the opportunity to be a part of something huge and help your local community at the same time. It is open to pretty much anyone with a warm heart.”
For more information on the club and when they meet, visit their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/laughlinrotary/ or website at laughlinrotary.org. For additional information, call 816-929-5470 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.