Paris Rotary still going after a century

Daniel Briseno daniel@prairiepress.net
Posted 11/21/22

For a club to last 100 years is a big accomplishment, and for a service club it is a rarity.

The Paris Rotary Club began in 1922 and is a service club that helps the community in numerous ways, …

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Paris Rotary still going after a century

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For a club to last 100 years is a big accomplishment, and for a service club it is a rarity.

The Paris Rotary Club began in 1922 and is a service club that helps the community in numerous ways, because members live the club motto of service above self.

“We put service above self so that those in need get assistance,” said Rotary President Mike Stepp. “We don’t just help here in our community but internationally as well.”

This year the local Rotary Club is celebrating its 100th year of service to Paris and celebrated on Nov. 7, with an after-hours gathering at Lot 50 Brewing.

“We have lasted 100 years because of the dedication our members have,” said Stepp. “They (the members) have worked hard over the 100 years to maintain the club.”

The Rotary of Paris plays many rolls throughout the year from taking tickets at the grandstands during the fair to partnering with local law enforcement and local EMS to provide stuffed bears for kids in a traumatic situation.

With 100 years down, the Rotary of Paris has high hopes of lasting much longer and continuously living the motto.

“I believe we will be around for a long time to come,” said Stepp. “We just need to work diligently to find and recruit members of the community that have the same service above self philosophy.”