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     Rotary is an organization of business and professional leaders united worldwide who provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and help build goodwill and peace in the world. In more than 160 countries worldwide, approximately 1.2 million Rotarians belong to more than 30,000 Rotary clubs.

     Rotary club membership represents a cross-section of the community's business and professional men and women. The world's Rotary clubs meet weekly and are nonpolitical, nonreligious, and open to all cultures, races, and creeds.

     The main objective of Rotary is service —
           in the community,
           in the workplace,
           and throughout the world.
Rotarians develop community service projects that address many of today's most critical issues, such as children at risk, poverty and hunger, the environment, illiteracy, and violence. They also support programs for youth, educational opportunities and international exchanges for students, teachers, and other professionals, and vocational and career development. The Rotary motto is Service Above Self.

     Although Rotary clubs develop autonomous service programs, all Rotarians worldwide are united in a campaign for the global eradication of polio. In the 1980s, Rotarians raised US$240 million to immunize the children of the world; by 2005, Rotary's centenary year and the target date for the certification of a polio-free world, the PolioPlus program will have contributed US$500 million to this cause. In addition, Rotary has provided an army of volunteers to promote and assist at national immunization days in polio-endemic countries around the world.

Geneseo Rotary supports:

  • State Trooper Summer Program for Underprivileged Children
  • Holiday food baskets for needy families
  • The Rotary Vic Raschi Little League
  • Geneseo Summer Festival
  • "Keyboard Kamp" with Good Neighbor Program
  • Christmas Tree Lighting for Camp Good Days
  • Geneseo Halloween Parade
  • Geneseo Elementary School Playground Project
  • ChristmaSing on Main Street
  • Teresa House Hospice for the terminally ill
  • Geneseo Nursery School
  • Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts
  • GCS Character Education
  • GCS Job Shadowing Program
  • Interact Club at Geneseo Central
  • Rotaract Club at SUNY Geneseo
  • Salvation Army Christmas Kettle Drive
  • Genesee Valley Hunt Races
  • Rotary Club in Kazan, Russia
  • International Hosting of Visiting Governors
  • Young at Heart
  • A Touch of Home
  • Scholarships for local students at SUNY Geneseo
  • Scholarships for Senior at Geneseo and York Central Schools
  • BOCES Migrant Center and Summer Program
  • Genesee Valley Rotary Summer Camp

We also host and encourage:

  • International Group Study Exchanges
  • Foreign exchange students to attend Geneseo Central School
  • High school and college students to attend Youth Leadership and Critical Issues programs