Women in Rotary

February is Women in Rotary month across the world. Rotary International (RI) is a worldwide service club founded in 1905 that is currently comprised of “1.2 million neighbors, friends, and community leaders who come together to create positive, lasting change in our communities and around the world,” as quoted on the RI website rotary.org/en. Rotary focuses efforts in six areas: promoting peace, preventing diseases, providing access to clean water and sanitation, enhancing maternal and child health, improving basic education and literacy, and helping communities develop. Rotary is especially dedicated to ending polio in our lifetimes. Rotary members have persevered in this fight since 1979 and have now helped eradicate polio in all but three countries worldwide.

You may have noticed the Rotary symbol on local signs or billboards, which is a blue and gold geared wheel with a “keyway” in the center of the gear to attach it to a power shaft, underscored by the motto, “Service Above Self.” In Forsyth County, several active Rotary Clubs are putting this lofty motto into action and are attracting female members to a once “all male society.”

The history of women in Rotary is a short, but impressive, journey back to 1987, when the first female members were welcomed into Rotary clubs around the world. By 1990, the number of female Rotarians grew to about 20,000 and reached over 200,000 members worldwide by 2010. Women bring a shared passion for community service locally, nationally, and internationally, and have found Rotary an effective vehicle for accomplishing remarkable goals. Rotary’s impact starts with its members, who turn donations and fundraising into service projects in Forsyth County and beyond.

To celebrate Women in Rotary month, area Rotary clubs are hosting a luncheon with guest speaker Cathy Pace. Cathy is the President and CEO of Allegacy Federal Credit Union and will be speaking about leading with the head and the heart, being your authentic self, and understanding why you need to look beyond the resumes and roles of your team.

Rotary can serve more people in need in the community through growing its members. To find out more about Rotary, Women in Rotary, and opportunities to serve, please attend the Women in Rotary event on Wednesday, February 15, 2017, from 12:00-1:30 pm at Forsyth Country Club. The speaker for this event will be Cathy Pace, President & CEO of Allegacy Federal Credit Union.  


Rotary Clubs in or near Forsyth County

Winston-Salem Club

Benton Convention Ctr
301 W. 5th Street
Winston-Salem, NC 27101
Meets Tues, 12:30PM

Reynolda Rotary Club, Winston-Salem

Forsyth Country Club
3101 Country Club Road
Winston-Salem, NC 27104
Meets Fri, 12:30PM

Stratford Rotary Club, Winston-Salem

Forsyth Country Club
3101 Country Club Road
Winston-Salem, NC 27104
Meets Thurs, 12:30PM

Western Forsyth Rotary Club, Clemmons

River Ridge Taphouse
1480 River Ridge Drive
Clemmons, NC 27012
Meets Tues, 12:30PM

Clemmons Rotary Club, Clemmons

Village Inn Conf. Ctr
6205 Ramada Drive
Clemmons, NC 27012
Meets Wed, 7:00AM

Kernersville, Rotary Club, Kernersville

1st Christian Church
1130 N. Main Street
Kernersville, NC 27284
Meets Wed, 7:00AM

Hillsdale Sunrise, Rotary Club, Advance

Bermuda Village Retirement Ctr
142 Bermuda Village Drive
Advance, NC 27006
Meets Thurs, 7:00AM

King, Rotary Club, King

P.B. Clark’s Family Restaurant
427 Kirby Road
King, NC 27021
Meets Thurs, 7:00AM

Walnut Cove Rotary Club, Walnut Cove

Farmhouse Restaurant
1137B North Main Street
Walnut Cove, NC 27052
Meets Thurs, 12:00PM