By Nicole Minier
CHURUBUSCO — The Rotary’s motto is “service above self” and Churubusco’s club exemplifies that through its contributions to many different entities.
Over the past 74 years, the Churubusco Rotary Club auction has provided many opportunities for the community.
In the past 20 years, the Churubusco Rotary Club has provided over $250,000 in scholarships to Churubusco High School seniors, and about the same amount of money is spent on the community and school, helping fund many projects.
In the past year, the rotary contributed to the library, several school groups, the Churubusco Youth Foundation, Churubusco Town Park, Toys for Tots, food pantries, child care and nursery school scholarships and Junior Achievement.
The club sent a local student to Leadership Whitley County and two students to Rotary Youth Leadership training. The club sent a student to Girls State, assisted Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, assisted with Turtle Days and the club holds a banquet every April for Churubusco High School students.
Rotary Clubs are located in almost every country of the world. Worldwide membership totals 1.2 million. The local club was chartered in 1944 — the 75th anniversary is coming in up in 2019.
The Churubusco Rotary Club will host its 25th annual auction at Churubusco High School’s cafeteria Wednesday, March 21. A free-will offering meal will be offered starting at 5:45 p.m., followed by the auction at 6:30 p.m. This year’s auction has over 180 items up for bid or offered in the raffle and tip boards sales.
This year, a request has been made from the fire department for some needed items.
“With a successful auction, we hope we can contribute some funds to them,” said Chuck Jones, of the Rotary Club.
In addition to the club’s annual auction, it also hosts a golf outing each year. Last year, the club raised $7,500 from the outing. Last year’s auction netted $19,500.
Much of the Rotary Club’s money comes from generous donations from local businesses and individuals, and those who purchase items from the auction. The local club has 25 members who come from the business community. They meet at Churubusco St. John Catholic Church’s basement at noon every Tuesday. Members pay their own national and district due to participate; that money does not come out of funds raised by the community.