The Rotary is a non-political, non-sectarian international service organization designed to bring businesses and professional leaders together to promote community service, provide humanitarian service and the advancement of goodwill and peace around the world.
The first Rotary Club began in 1905 when Chicago attorney, Paul P. Harris, gathered three business acquaintances together for a meeting. They decided to call their new club The Rotary, initially due to the fact that they would “rotate” their weekly meetings at each other’s offices, however, within a year, the Chicago club had gained so much momentum and membership, that they had to find a regular meeting hall. By 1910, San Francisco, Oakland, Seattle, and Los Angeles had clubs, and the National Association of Rotary Clubs in America was formed, later that year, meetings began in Canada, and in 1911 in Dublin, Ireland. In 1912, the name was changed to the International Association of Rotary Clubs. Today there are more than 35,000 member clubs worldwide, with individual membership exceeding 1.2 million people.
The Rotary Club of Bainbridge Island held their first meeting in July of 1947 at Lynwood Center, and today they have 118 members.
“Service Above Self”
“The Rotary Club of Bainbridge Island’s mission is to provide service to others, promote integrity, and advance local community and world understanding, goodwill, and peace through a fellowship of business, professional, and community leaders.”
On a local level, the RCBI has helped fund the construction of the Bainbridge Public Library, The Waypoint, Rotary Field, and several other parks and recreational facilities. Their members also volunteer at community events such as crossing guard services during the annual downtown merchants’ Halloween festivities, the Chilly Hilly, 4th of July parade, and frequently participate in community projects that benefit both locals and visitors of Bainbridge Island. In addition, they provide funding for large community projects, they also give out smaller community grants, fund international humanitarian projects, community service recognition scholarships and career/technical education scholarships. All of this wouldn’t be possible if it weren’t for their annual Rotary Auction & Rummage Sale, held each summer at Woodward Middle School. Last year, over 1,500 volunteers spent long hours over a 10-day period taking in and organizing more than 150,000 donations. On the day of the auction, they assisted more than 6,000 attendees from Bainbridge Island and the Puget Sound community—the generosity of all involved raised more than $624,000.00, of which, 100% of net revenue is used towards the betterment of our local community, greater Kitsap County, as well as needy communities around the world.
The 2019 Rotary Auction & Rummage Sale is Saturday, July 6th from 8am to 2pm. There will be more than 35 departments carrying a vast array of items from building supplies, power tools, home décor, art, antiques, home and office furniture, household items, clothing, sporting goods/equipment, boats, automobiles…honestly, if you’re looking for it, you’ll most likely find it here. To view the various departments, click here.
For donation drop-off information, donation pick-up service, and “preview night” information, click here.
For information on parking and park-and-ride facilities, click here.
The Rotarians are always in need of volunteers, if you’re interested in volunteering for the Rotary Auction & Rummage sale, click here.
If you’re interested in learning more about the Rotary Club and membership requirements, visit their website at http://www.bainbridgeislandrotary.com/, or stop by their booth at Cafeteria/Commons during the Auction & Rummage Sale.
*Logos provided by The Rotary Club of Bainbridge Island