Rotarians have not only been present for major events in history—we’ve been a part of them. From the beginning, three key traits have remained strong throughout Rotary:
We’re truly international. Only 16 years after being founded, Rotary had clubs on six continents. Today we’re working together from around the globe both digitally and in-person to solve some of our world’s most challenging problems.
We persevere in tough times. During WWII, Rotary clubs in Germany, Austria, Italy, Spain, and Japan were forced to disband. Despite the risks, many continued to meet informally and following the war’s end, Rotary members joined together to rebuild their clubs and their countries.
Our commitment to service is ongoing. We began our fight against polio in 1979 with a project to immunize 6 million children in the Philippines. By 2014, only three countries remain polio-endemic—down from 125 in 1988.
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LEBANON BREAKFAST ROTARY HISTORY
In the summer of 1988, under the sponsorship of the Lebanon Rotary Club and the leadership of Gordon Bone, W.P. Bone, Jim Choomack, John Major and Jon Meyer, initial steps were taken which resulted in the birth of a second Rotary club in Lebanon, the Lebanon Breakfast Rotary Club.
For a brief time, the weekly club’s meetings were held at various locations until the 29 charter members found a home at Cumberland University’s K-Room, with meetings held each Thursday at 6:45 AM.
Under the leadership of the first slate of officers, Bob Rochelle, president; Pat Climer, president-elect; Gordon Bone, secretary; David Major, treasurer, and Jon Meyer, sgt-at-arms, the club adopted by-laws. And on April 6, 1989, the formal Charter Night Banquet was held at Cumberland University’s dining room with District 6780 governor Winston Wallace and Lebanon Rotary president John Stephens presiding.
In addition to the officers, members of the first board of directors were Andy Brummett, Mary Ann Denney, Connie Hamilton, and Mike Wiggington.
And early project was the organization of a third club in Wilson County, the Mt. Juliet Breakfast Rotary, with its Charter Night Banquet held on May 25, 1990.
One of the most challenging and most profitable endeavors was the concession building at the Wilson County Fair Grounds, a joint construction project with the Lebanon Rotary Club. Since it’s opening, profits have been used to fund our charitable donations. In 2012, the LBRC committed to a three-year sponsor/partnership arrangement with the Wilson County Soccer League. Expanding its fundraising efforts, the Club held its first annual Fish Fry at the Lebanon Municipal Airport in May 2013. We are now in our 11th year of this fundraiser, held at the Wilson County Expo Center.