Rotary is a global network of 1.2 million neighbors, friends, leaders, and problem-solvers who see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change – across the globe, in our communities, and in ourselves.
Solving real problems takes real commitment and vision. For more than 110 years, Rotary's people of action have used their passion, energy, and intelligence to take action on sustainable projects. From literacy and peace to water and health, we are always working to better our world, and we stay committed to the end.
WHAT IS ROTARY
Rotary members believe that we have a shared responsibility to take action on our world’s most persistent issues. Our 35,000+ clubs work together to:
Promote peace | Fight disease | Provide clean water, sanitation, and hygiene | Save mothers and children Support education | Grow local economies
AVENUES OF SERVICE
We channel our commitment to service at home and abroad through five Avenues of Service, which are the foundation of club activity.
The Christiana Rotary Club was originally chartered by Rotary International on January 15, 1971 as the Rotary Club of Kirkwood Highway with 24 charter members. In 1992 a name change was proposed by the Club and approved by RI that would be more representative of the area served. The new name was Rotary Club of Christiana.
Over the years the Club has supported many local needs and international projects. It conducts several fundraisers each year to fund those projects and it established a non-profit 501(c)(3) foundation through which it solicits donations. 100% of all funds raised goes to charitable causes.
A great source of pride for Club members is its scholarship programs that provide partial scholarships yearly for outstanding students who maintain good grades.
Since 2004, the Club’s primary charitable endeavor has been addressing the needs of children in foster care by providing a happy Christmas Time holiday fulfilling the children’s personal wish lists of clothing, shoes, necessities and toys, and in late summer by providing back-to-school clothes, shoes and supplies. Nearly 400 children benefitted last year.
Support for specific local charities is proposed by members and has included support for the Boys & Girls Clubs, Canine Partners for Life, the Little Sisters of the Poor, Camp Possibilities, Sunday Breakfast Mission and many others. Hands-on projects get members involved, e.g.: establishing a butterfly garden at Thurgood Marshall Elementary School, bell ringing for the Salvation Army, giving blood, the annual cleanup at the Easter Seals’ camp Fairlee Manor and providing dictionaries for 3rd grade students.
International projects, through an association with RI clubs in Africa and South America, have improved schools in Cameroon and Peru. Clean water projects in Kenya and Cameroon have been a focus in recent years.
Since 1994 the Club’s primary fundraiser has been an annual golf tournament and silent auction held in May at a local golf course.
Whether your interest is service, good citizenship, world understanding or professional networking, Rotary can fulfill it. With service as its main purpose, Rotary offers opportunities that build friendships, foster personal growth and development, including understanding of cultural diversity, all within an environment that promotes ethical behavior and fairness.
Christiana Rotary provides its members with the opportunity to serve, to lend a hand, and to connect with others, while building lasting friendships. We have the opportunity to assist Rotary International with its global charge of bringing in new quality members, while retaining current members. The success of Christiana Rotary depends upon you and how you use your talents to make a significant difference.
Service through Rotary makes a difference in the lives of individuals and communities around the world. Humanitarian need is expanding around the globe. Rotary is helping to bridge the gap through members who reach out in multiple ways, in multiple communities around the globe -- from Argentina to Zimbabwe. And, you can make a difference right here in Delaware.
PAUL HARRIS FELLOWS
A Paul Harris Fellow is a distinction shared by men and women in more than one hundred nations, many of whom have made significant contributions to world peace and understanding. Anyone who furthers these efforts by contributing $1,000 to the Rotary Foundation is named a Paul Harris Fellow. A Paul Harris Fellow is also someone in whose memory or honor $1,000 is contributed to the Rotary Foundation.
Christiana Rotarians have a long history of generously contributing to the Rotary Foundation. Despite the size of our Club, we rank among the top in District 7630. Our members contribute to the Foundation in several ways. Some members contribute $1,000 in a lump sum, and then continue making quarterly or annual contributions. Some members prefer to send a check for $100 annually. Other members prefer to be Rotary Foundation Sustaining Members by having $25 added to their quarterly bill by the Club’s treasurer. When they have a relatively small amount left, they contribute the balance to reach $1,000 and they become a Paul Harris Fellow.
Any member who has a question about the Foundation or about becoming a Paul Harris Fellow or a Rotary Foundation Sustaining Member should contact our Club’s Foundation Chair Person.
A Paul Harris Fellow receives the following items in recognition of the contribution that has been made to the Foundation:
A Paul Harris Fellow who makes additional gifts totaling $1,000.00 or more is recognized as a Multiple Paul Harris Fellow and receives a Multiple Paul Harris Pin with one or more sapphires or rubies, depending on the level of giving.
Christiana Rotary proudly recognizes the following Paul Harris Fellows
* Current member of Christiana Rotary
** Former member of Christiana Rotary
*** Spouse or child of a Christiana Rotarian who chose to honor them by making them a Paul Harris Fellow
**** A non-Rotarian whom Christiana Rotary wished to honor by making them a Paul Harris Fellow
Rotary Foundation Sustaining Members
A Rotary Foundation Sustaining Member (formerly known as a “Paul Harris Sustaining Member”) is an individual who contributes $100, or in whose name a minimum of $100 is contributed, along with a commitment to contribute a total of $1,000 within a ten-year period. The Sustaining Member becomes a Paul Harris Fellow when the $1,000 gift is paid in full.
Mary Jane Boyle*
Bill Doherty II**
John Newcomer, Jr.***
Anthony G. Simpson***
Samuel K. Simpson***
Sieglinde K. Simpson***
Kenneth T. Singleton**
George A. Thompson**
Laurie Williams - President*
Carol Doherty - Past President*
Kevin Thomas - President Elect*
Michele Camponelli - President Nominee & Secretary*
Tom Godwin - Treasurer*
Donna McClintock - Past Treasurer
Colleen Leithren - Sargent at Arms
Dave Bonk - Director-at-Large*
Michael Berninger - Director-at-Large*
Dave Schultz - Club Trainer*
Club Administration: Meeting logistics, Programs, Social Events, Website Content, Internal Communications (newsletter), DaCDB - Grace Mudrick, Team Leader
Club Membership: Classifications, Club Diversity, New Member Recruitment, Member Recognition - Mary Anne Ellis*, Team Leader
Public Image: External Communications, Social Media Posts, Media Relations, Club News Posts to DaCDB - Angi McCloskey, Team Leader
Club Foundation: Foundation Education, Grant Applications and Oversight, General Fundraising, Scholarship Management - Kevin Thomas, Team Leader
Club Service: Local Needs, Service Projects, Interact, Youth Exchange -
Stu Sherman, Team Leader
* Voting Board Members