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Message from the President

"Service Above Self" is the motto for Rotary International and it is exemplified in the Union City Tennessee Rotary Club. We demonstrate our commitment to our community through the many lives we impact through our various programs as well as our contributions to the causes of Rotary International. Since 1936, the Union City club has not only quoted the 4-Way Test at each meeting, but we have also lived it to the best of our ability.

The Union City Rotary Club takes great pride in our contributions and support of many service projects. Some of these projects include the Rotary & Verhine Scholarships where over $300,000 in Scholarships are awarded to area students annually, the Promethean Project where at risk pre-school children are given scholarships to preschools that follow a character building program.

Our Rotary Youth Travel program is the only one of its kind. Ten deserving high school students are chosen to travel for ten days in Europe with two chaperones and all expenses are paid by the club. The students return with a new appreciation and world view. We also provide a second trip for twelve students and two chaperones for a week traveling to Washington D.C. We believe the students obtain a new sense of understanding of our national history, government, and freedoms.

Union City Rotary also supports two youth leadership programs. The Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA) is Rotary's Leadership Training Program for high school students. RYLA enables young adults to spend five days in June where they debate issues of professional responsibilities and human relations. RYLA provides the opportunity for the chosen students to refine skills and explore pertinent topics with their peers and elders. The Rotary Interact Club empowers young people in our community to develop leadership skills as they engage in developing their own Interact Club with a similar format promoting their leadership skills.

Union City Rotary has many other service programs as: Reading Railroad, Distinguished Speakers Foundation, and Rotary Relays. The Members of our club continue to actively practice Service Above Self which has been our purpose for 86 years.

Rotary is not just a club that you join; it is an invitation to endless opportunities. We believe in creating opportunities for others and for ourselves. We believe that our acts of service, large and small, generate opportunities for people who need our help, and that Rotary opens opportunities for us to live a richer, more meaningful life, with friends around the world, based on our core values.

It is my honor and privilege to serve as your 86th President of the Rotary Club of Union City, Tennessee.

Yours in Service,

Donny Bearden
President 2023-2024

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