The organization’s motto is “service above self.”
For decades now, members of the Rotary Club of Niagara Falls, N.Y. have been doing their part to make the community a little nicer through their volunteer efforts.
On Friday, Falls Rotarians gathered for a special occasion – to celebrate 100 years of giving of themselves while improving their surroundings.
“That’s what every Rotarian lives by,” said Ron Anderluh, a longtime member and past president of the community service organization.
Anderluh joined dozens of fellow Rotary Club members and community leaders during a centennial event held Friday at the Four Points Sheraton on Buffalo Avenue. The event celebrated the founding of the Niagara Falls, New York Rotary Club, which was formed on Oct. 1, 1916. Current members paid tribute to past Rotarians of the club, including Dr. Edwin “Doc” Larter, charter member of the organization.
The local Rotary club is part of Rotary International, a global service organization that brings together business and professional leaders to provide humanitarian services and promote peace around the world. The international organization boasts roughly 1.2 million members.
Serving as primarily a social club in its early years, Niagara Falls Rotary Club No. 260 eventually became more involved in civic projects and in supporting other area organizations. Falls Rotarians helped establish the Niagara Falls Boys and Girls Club and over the years contributed funding and support to several other community groups, including St. Mary’s Hospital and the YMCA summer camp.
In the 1970s and 1980s, the club sponsored a CPR program and camping scholarships while also starting the Miss Niagara Pageant. The club also offered support to the Festival of Lights and the Salvation Army, an organization members continue to support…