Rotary in Bainbridge Georgia
District 6900, Club 4110
“Service Above Self”
The Bainbridge Rotary Club
Founded July 15, 1936 and sponsored by the Thomasville Rotary Club, was the first service club in Bainbridge. The first president was Ramsay Simmons, Sr. and a tradition of leadership and service was initiated. Since that time the community, nation and world have benefitted in many ways from the on-going efforts of the business leaders and professional men and women that make up the club.
Locally the Bainbridge Rotary Club has many and varied projects.
- Youth Clubs, Bainbridge Rotary actively sponsors:
- Bainbridge High School Interact Club
- Bainbridge College Rotaract Club
- Boy Scout Troop 502
- One of BRC's greatest efforts is involved in Literacy. Each week the BRC contributes a children's book to the Southwest Georgia Regional Library. This amounts to an annual contribution of $1,000.
- Backpack Program-BRC provided the backpacks used by kids to take weekend food home. This is part of the Backpack Program administered through the Decatur County Family Connection Hunger Prevention Coalition.
- Kids Against Hunger-BRC's monetary donation allows members of the Interact and Rotaract Clubs to prepare 1000's of packaged food to be sent overseas to needy.
- BRC annually sponsors scholarships given to high school and college students
- Youth Leadership
- Each year the BRC sponsors two youth leaders who attend the Rotary Youth Leadership Award for a week in Americus.
- Area agencies and organizations
- BRC actively works with other local agencies and organizations to achieve the goal of serving in the local community.
- Groups consistently supported by the BRC include the YMCA, the Friendship House, the Bainbridge High School AFJROTC, and the local National Guard troops.
Rotary is very concerned with promoting ethics.
Rotarians live by the Four Way Test:
Is it the Truth?
Is it Fair to all Concerned?
Will it build Goodwill and better friendships?
Will it be beneficial to all concerned?
The BRC has placed Four Way Test plaques in all the 4th grade classrooms in Decatur and Seminole Counties. Each year Ethics competitions are held among the 4th graders. At a higher level, the BRC participates in the statewide Laws of Life Competition among high school students. The Competition promotes learning by reflecting on life's lessons and experiences. We feel that our sponsorship of an annual Bainbridge High School Invitational Tennis Tournament also promotes good sportsmanship and disciplined effort.
One of the most exciting activities for the BRC is participation in the Georgia Rotary Student Program. Through this program, the BRC joins with other clubs in the area to bring in a college student from a foreign country which have included; Wales, Scotland, Columbia and Sweden. The student is treated to a year of education, all reasonable expensed paid, while they learn the customs and culture of our country. This program is an instrument for peace, teaching us all that we have more areas of understanding and similarity than disagreement.
As one of 33,000 Rotary Clubs around the world, the BRC is deeply involved in the mission of Rotary International to promote peace and understanding. The tri-fold mission of controlling disease, providing clean water, and ending hunger are aggressively pursued. Other programs promote vocational and educational understanding that cross national borders. The local BRC has contributed over $35,000.00 towards Rotary's effort to eradicate Polio from the planet.
The BRC works towards it goal of clean water by participating the annual Rivers Alive Clean-up and by sponsor well-drilling in 3rd world countries.
Internationally, over the last several years, we have partnered with a Rotary Club in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. Through this multi-faceted effort, we have provided eyeglasses, school supplies, scholarship money for middle school students, and even, in one large project carried out in cooperation with the Rotary Foundation; a computer lab for the middle school.