Superior Rotary Club 40
Superior Rotary Club 40 was the first Rotary Club in Wisconsin. Chartered in 1912, the club has grown from the initial 24 members to a thriving and active club of over 80 area leaders in business, education, government and non-profit organizations. Since its inception, Superior Rotary Club 40 has taken the Rotary motto “Service above Self” to heart by energetically participating in projects and services that benefit the community. Rotarians from Superior have served not only with their hands but also with their pocketbooks, contributing untold hours and dollars to community projects and Rotary activities.
The Superior Rotary Club 40 takes its commitment to serve seriously as evidenced by the many projects that it has undertaken to benefit the community. The revenues from major fundraisers (such as the pancake breakfast and Birthday fund and raffle) have supported the annual club-sponsored Rotary youth tennis tournament, and each year the Rotary awards two college scholarships to outstanding senior high school students. The club has also lent the expertise of its membership in mock interview experiences with students in both Superior and Duluth and has contributed to the expansion of the Superior YMCA building.
Over the years, the Superior Rotary Club 40 has recognized that it can maximize its service by entering into joint projects with other Rotary Clubs in the Twin Ports. Some examples of these joint efforts include being co-hosts for district conventions and Rotary Foundation dinners, as well as supporting fund-raising projects in all the Clubs. In 2001, Superior Rotary Club 40 joined hands with the Duluth Harbortown Club as a partner of the Lake Superior Dragon Boat Festival, and began planning for our inaugural 2002 Festival.
At each meeting of the Superior Rotary Club 40, the membership recites together the Rotary Four-Way Test. This weekly reaffirmation of the principles of Rotary helps the club remember what it means to be a Rotarian. It reminds members that they have an obligation to be more than just another citizen of the community and that they must take seriously the aim of all Rotary Clubs–is “Service Above Self.” Co-sponsoring the Lake Superior Dragon Boat Festival with the Harbortown Rotary Club is just one example of that commitment.