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Message from the President

The Union City Rotary Club consists of more than 145 business leaders and professionals. The Club is an organization that believes that service is a basis of worthy enterprise. Rotary has benefited our community since 1936.

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 approximately $250,000 to $300,000 in scholarships are awarded to area students annually, the Promethean Project where at risk pre-school children are given scholarships to pre-schools that follow a character building curriculum.

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 come back with a new appreciation and world view. We also provide a second trip for twelve students and two chaperones to spend one week traveling to Washington D.C. and believe this is a worthy endeavor and that the students obtain a new sense of understanding of our national history, government, and freedoms.

The Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA) is Rotary's leadership training program for young people. Each year talented high school students are chosen from among their peers to attend a series of outdoor activities, leadership training events, seminars, etc. for five days in June. The RYLA program enables young people to debate issues of professional responsibility and human relations, improve leadership and communication skills, learn about businesses and institutions, and meet Rotarians while having fun and making friends. For young adults, RYLA provides the opportunity to refine skills and explore pertinent topics with their peers and elders.

The new Rotary Interact Club which empowers young people in your community ages 12-18 to take action, develop leadership skills, and gain a global perspective through Interact. Not only will Interact Club challenge them to reach their full potential. It will also energize and inspire your Rotary club while building connections in the community and around the world.

There are many more projects such as Reading Railroad, Obion County Distinguished Speakers Foundation, Discovery Park of America (Rotary Pavilion), and Rotary Relays. Each project we believe makes our community a better place to live and gives our youth more opportunities. The members of the Union City Rotary Club continue to actively practice the motto Service Above Self which has defined our clubs purpose for almost 80 years.

It is truly an honor to be a member of the Union City Rotary Club as well as serving as your President.


Mark McBride
President 2019-2020

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