100th Anniversary of the Rotary Club of Stockton
Feb 12, 2014 - Mar 15, 2014
The Rotary Club of Stockton was chartered on February 1, 1914, as club number 92. During the month of its 100th anniversary, this mini-display will celebrate its service to the Stockton community.
The purpose of the Rotary Club is to promote high ethical standards in business and professions, provide service to others and encourage young people in the community. Its endowment has given thousands of dollars to local charities and scholarships to high school students. One of those students will perform at the museum on Thursday, February 20.
In 1981 Stan McCaffrey then President of the University of Pacific and a member of Stockton Rotary was elected Rotary International President. In 1992 Cliff Dochterman a VP at the University and honorary member of the Club was elected RI President. Stockton and the University of the Pacific have provided two Rotary International Presidents while many countries in the world have had none.
In 1989, Rotary began an ambitious humanitarian project: eliminate polio in the world. In partnership with UNICEF, the World Health Organization and the Center for Disease Control, they set out to immunize all the children in the world against the dreaded polio disease.
More than two billion children have been immunized thus far, and reported cases of polio have dropped from 350,000 per year to a few hundred in Nigeria, Pakistan and Afghanistan. Information about this effort will be on display along with the iron lung (pictured above).
Rotary’s motto is “Service Above Self”. If you are interested in serving the Stockton community you are invited to attend a meeting to learn more. Stockton Rotary meets Wednesdays at noon at he Stockton Golf and Country Club.