Based on the Object of Rotary, the Avenues of Service are Rotary’s philosophical cornerstone and the foundation on which club activity is based.
Club Service focuses on strengthening fellowship and ensuring the effective functioning of the club.
Vocational Service encourages Rotarians to serve others through their vocations and to practice high ethical standards.
Community Service covers the projects and activities the club undertakes to improve life in its community.
International Service encompasses actions taken to expand Rotary’s humanitarian reach around the globe and to promote world understanding and peace.
New Generations Service recognizes the positive change implemented by youth and young adults who participate in leadership development activities such as Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA), Rotaract and Interact club service projects and create international understanding with Rotary Youth Exchange.
Programs and Scholarships
Troy Rotary is excited to share with our community through scholarships, programs, etc. Below you will find several opportunities where you may participate.
AVENUES OF SERVICE:
BREAKFAST WITH SANTA:
Troy Rotary Club hosts a “Breakfast with Santa” the first Saturday in each December. A main fundraiser for the Club, members sell tickets to area residents for the event.
Troy Rotary Club funds a week-long Brukner Nature Center summer camp adventure for 15 underprivileged youth living at Garden Manor in Troy each year. The goal is to allow children to experience wildlife and wild places, interact with positive role models in a social setting and gain knowledge, skills and resources to prepare them for the school year ahead.
BRUKNER NATURE CENTER:
Troy Rotary Club funded a three-year, $4,500 commitment to match The Gates Foundation grant to Rotary International to eradicate the polio virus from the world.
DESIGNATED DRIVER PROGRAM:
Troy Rotary Club reaches out to all Miami County drinking establishments prior to the New Year holiday and distributes “Designated Driver” buttons to create awareness for the need to drive safely. Local businesses, such as area banks, also support the program by distributing the buttons to customers in the weeks prior to the holiday.
END POLIO NOW:
Each year, Troy Rotary sponsors a speech contest for students attending either the Troy High School or Troy Christian High School. The focus of the speeches is to illustrate how the Rotary Four-Way Test can be exemplified in day-to-day life. The Rotary Four-Way Test asks the following questions of the things we think, say or do:
Is it the TRUTH?
Is it FAIR to all concerned?
Will it build GOODWILL and BETTER FRIENDSHIPS?
Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?
FOUR-WAY SPEECH CONTEST:
Troy Rotary Club supplies winter coats, school supplies, backpacks and other needs to challenged students. Rotarians also volunteer for programs such as Dr. Seuss Day.
HEYWOOD ELEMENTARY SCHOOL:
Troy Rotary Club advises Troy High School Interact Club. The Troy Rotary Foundation funds up to $3,000 in college scholarships to graduating senior members of the Troy High School Interact Club and other Troy residents who demonstrate continuing community service. Students who are interested in learning more about the scholarship opportunities may download the scholarship criteria in the PDF below. Students interested in applying for either, or both, scholarship(s) may download the application from the Troy Foundation Web site. Click on the logo to access the scholarship page on the Troy Foundation Web site.
INTERACT CLUB AND SCHOLARSHIP:
LINCOLN COMMUNITY CENTER:
Troy Rotary Club supported the construction of a children's environmental education center in Kangundo, Kenya. This project also made it possible for the villagers to have electricity in their homes and access to fresh, clean water provided by wells. Presently, we would like to provide an educational workshop for teachers so they might be able to utilize the facilities better.
Troy Rotary Club works in partnership with Lincoln Community Center to support various programs for underprivileged and at-risk children. This includes upgrading basketball equipment, donating supplies for the annual “Back to School Bash” and participating in the yearly “Easter Egg Hunt.” Rotarians also volunteer to support programs sponsored by the staff at Lincoln Community Center, providing extra helping hands when needed.
MUTINDA WILDLIFE EDUCATION CENTER:
Are you interested in learning a new language or meeting new people? Rotary Youth Exchange is the opportunity of a lifetime for the more than 8,000 students who participate each year. By sharing your own culture and embracing a new one, you help foster global understanding—and learn a great deal about yourself and your home country in the process. Youth Exchange is a study-abroad opportunity for young people who spend anywhere from a few weeks to a full year as an international student hosted by local Rotary clubs. To learn more about a program that might be right for you, please visit Rotary International's site.
On the fourth Tuesday of every month, Troy Rotarians volunteer to work at the St. Patrick Soup Kitchen, located within the Hobart Community Kitchen. Located at 25 N. Mulberry Street in Troy, Ohio, the Soup Kitchen serves free meals Monday through Friday from 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM ET. The Rotary volunteers serve dinner, wash dishes and make sure the facility is clean and ready to welcome hungry diners for the next meal.
The St. Patrick Soup Kitchen was founded by Dick Steineman in July of 1996. It serves over 24,000 meals a year to anyone who is hungry or seeks fellowship. Eating at the Soup Kitchen is literally like eating at your home.
The mission statement for the Soup Kitchen is: In accordance with the gospel message, St. Patrick’s Soup Kitchen serves all who are hungry. It makes no difference whether seeking food for body, soul or spirit, they will be fed.
ST. PATRICK SOUP KITCHEN:
Troy Rotarians have policed 2 miles of public roads along St. Rt. 55, east of Troy. Meeting on Saturday mornings, teams of workers will pick up trash and haul it away for appropriate disposal. This effort has helped keep Troy a cleaner, and more beautiful, city.
Troy Rotary Club supports a supervised after prom event in which students can participate as an alternative to other, less responsible activities.
TROY AFTER PROM:
The members of Troy Rotary provide funds to the Troy Rotary Foundation as part of annual dues. The Troy Rotary Foundation is the fiscal repository through which funds are distributed for assistance and area programs throughout the year. The Troy Rotary Foundation has set aside $3,00-4,000 each year to support requests and programs.
TROY ROTARY FOUNDATION:
The first weekend in June is the annual Troy Strawberry Festival, hosted by the City of Troy. Troy Rotarians and Interact students work together to offer Strawberry Lemon Shakeups for sale to festival attendees. This project is one of the most successful fundraisers the Club sponsors each year.
TROY STRAWBERRY FESTIVAL:
Troy Rotary Club supports The Future Begins Today educational field trips to the historic WACO Air Museum in Troy, Ohio. The partnership allows The Future Begins Today to help Troy's sixth grade students learn the importance of the world around them and the history of Troy. For more information, on
The Future Begins Today, visit: http://thefuturebeginstoday.org/about-us/activities/. To learn more about WACO Air Museum, visit: http://wacoairmuseum.org/
VAN CLEVE - WACO PROJECT
Troy Rotary Club provides shoes to area preschoolers and students through Partners in Hope and through the Troy City Schools. This support is in the form of $25 vouchers to Shoe Carnival.
ROTARY YOUTH EXCHANGE:
ROTARY YOUTH LEADERSHIP AWARDS (RYLA):
RYLAs are designed for young adults with proven leadership ability and a commitment to community service. Through RYLA, you can
• Develop your leadership skills and character
• Gain exposure to a variety of issues and people
• Meet active community leaders
• Learn valuable information and career skills
All the while, you’ll also have fun, build friendships, and create memories that will last a lifetime.