President’s Message

Michelle McGrath

President 2016-2017

Greetings from the Rotary Club of Madison.

The Rotary Club of Madison was chartered in 1913, and we celebrated our 100th anniversary in 2013. We currently have 500 members in our Rotary Club. We are part of Rotary International, a service club association that includes approximately 34,000 Rotary clubs, with 1.2 million members, in nearly 200 countries around the world. Rotary Club of Madison is among the 10 largest clubs in the world and our Foundation is one of the largest Rotary endowment funds with nearly $11 million in assets.

Also known as “Downtown Rotary,” our club has a deep commitment to serving people in the Madison community and throughout the world. Each year we donate over $600,000 in educational scholarships, youth awards and grants for local and international projects. Last year alone, over 50 not-for-profit organizations in the Madison community benefited from these grants.

Our service to the community is focuses in the areas of Basic Needs, Education and Mentoring, and Civic Leadership. Just a few of the projects our members provide hands-on service include engaging students in an annual Ethics Symposium, mentoring students who have received scholarships, and an annual SummerPalooza event on the Capitol Square. We strive to enhance the quality of life in the Greater Madison Area through the motto of “Service Above Self.”

Beyond its philanthropy, the Rotary Club of Madison is a unique and valuable asset to the Madison community because of the high quality of its weekly programs. The ‘Downtown Rotary Podium’ is a forum to get the Madison community engaged in the most significant issues affecting Madison. Our club’s size and membership attract distinguished speakers who are among the best in their fields. Each Wednesday, Rotarians and guests are engaged in presentations on timely topics given by local, state, national, and international speakers of renown.

Above all, the camaraderie of our club is what makes it special. With over 40 committees and over 25 fellowship groups, we have a lot of opportunity and ways for you to connect with other leaders of Madison. Meetings are held each Wednesday noon at the Inn on the Park, located on the Capitol Square in Madison, Wisconsin. We welcome visiting Rotarians to join us for lunch.

We are looking for other leaders of Madison. If you are open to connecting with other leaders of Madison and motivated to serve our community, we’d like you to join us. Please take the opportunity to come see what the Rotary Club of Madison is all about!

To learn more about our club, please call 608-255-9164 or email rotaryoffice@rotarymadison.org.

Michelle McGrath, President

 
 
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