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During the Oct. 4, 2018, meeting of the Rotary Club of Paris United, District Governor, Judy Guthrie was our guest speaker.  Judy is from the Carthage, Texas, Rotary Club.  Excerpts from her speech are provided below.

“Rotary’s greatest asset is membership. When membership increases, our clubs become more vibrant.  Membership is Rotary International’s highest internal priority.  The unique perspectives and expertise demonstrated by members of all ages are used to improve lives everywhere with impactful and sustainable projects.  Making Rotary attractive to young professionals, as well as those reaching retirement, are now fully and equally important to Rotary’s future.

Younger professionals need Rotary to help their careers and to give back to their communities, in turn, Rotary needs these young professionals for new ideas and to ensure Rotary will last another 100 years.  Meanwhile, recent retirees have great experience and wisdom to offer a club. 

Our Motto is Service Above Self.  For more than 110 years, our guiding principles have been the foundation of our values:  service, fellowship, diversity, integrity and leadership.  These principles have been developed over the years to provide Rotarians with a strong, common purpose, and direction.  They serve as a foundation for our relationships with each other and the action we take in the world.”

The objective of rotary:

  • The development of acquaintance as an opportunity for service
  • High ethical standards in business and professions
  • The application of service in each Rotarian’s personal, business and community life
  • The advancement of international understanding, goodwill, and peace through a world of fellowship of business and professional persons united in the ideal of service.

The Paris United Club and its members are very active in our community in various service projects and programs. For more information, join them during a luncheon meeting each Thursday at noon in the ballroom at Paris Junior College; visit them on Facebook; or check out the website:

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