Ever since becoming chartered in 2010, the Harker Heights Rotary Club has aimed at increasing membership and improving as an organization that is dedicated to the service of others.

Because of those priorities, the club has received yearly presidential citations from Rotary International.

Clubs that qualify receive the awards in June and are awarded for accomplishing specific goals during the months of July 1 to June 30 of the previous year.

The latest Rotary Presidential Citation was presented in June to Past President Linda Angel, who served as the club’s leader in 2016-17.

If the club qualifies, the next presidential citation would be presented in June 2018 to current president Richard Bean.

“The criteria to qualify for the citation changes every year depending on standards set by the current president of Rotary International, “ according to Public Relations Chairperson Jennifer McCann.

The president of Rotary International for 2017-18 is Ian H.S. Riseley. The Presidential Theme and Citation for this year is Rotary: Making a Difference.

McCann said, “This is literally set up for every club to help the president achieve his goals. I think it’s a pretty neat way to get that many people on your bandwagon.”

A brochure published by Rotary International states that this year’s Rotary Citation will recognize clubs that pursue three strategic priorities: to support and strengthen clubs, focus on and increase humanitarian service and enhance Rotary’s public image and awareness.

In a statement to Rotary members, Risely said, “In 2017-18, we will answer the question “What is Rotary?” However each of us chooses to serve, we do it because we know our service makes a difference in the lives of others. Whatever motivation each of us had for joining Rotary, it is the satisfaction we find in Rotary that causes us to remain.”

McCann said, “During a majority of the past seven years, we have been honored in many ways at the district and international levels for such projects as Every Rotarian ... Every Year (EREY), which means each year all members donate $100 to the Rotary Foundation.

“Locally, we serve the community through our Dodgeball Challenge, assistance to Harker Heights Elementary School, our continued support of the Rotary Foundation, an increasing membership, leadership in the community, and the founding of three additional clubs...the Satellite Club, Rotaract (for college students) and Interact (for high school students),” McCann said.

“We live by our motto: Service Above Self.”

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