What We Do
The Object of Rotary is to encourage and foster the ideal of service as a basis of worthy enterprise and, in particular:
- The development of acquaintance as an opportunity for service
- High ethical standards in business and professions, the recognition of the worthiness of all useful occupations, and the dignifying of each Rotarian’s occupation as an opportunity to serve society
- The application of the ideal of service in each Rotarian’s personal, business, and community life
- The advancement of international understanding, goodwill, and peace through a world fellowship of business and professional persons united in the ideal of service
The Robert N. Styres Scholarship is awarded annually to a Wake County Public High School graduate to attend a college, university or community college of the student's choice, and is renewable for 4 years.
Since 2000 the Scholarship has awarded over $116,000 to 17 students. Sixteen recipients have or are on track to complete 4 years of college.
While academic achievement is important, the Scholarship is not necessarily intended for the young man or woman with the highest grade point average, rather, for a student with good to average grades who is a hard worker and who may have overcome some adversity along the way.
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Annual Golf Classic
Each year in October, 140 or so local and regional golfers participate in the Rotary of the Capital City Golf Classic orchestrated at North Ridge Country Club in Raleigh, a Platinum Club of America-rated facility.
Each year the Golf Classic raises over $30,000, and over $350,000 to date, to benefit our Styres Scholarship Fund, which directly supports Wake County students at the post-secondary level.
Established in 2000 by our club, the Styres Scholarship Fund grants a four-year award to a deserving Wake County public high school graduate who has demonstrated need and overcome obstacles, to achieve their fullest potential through higher education.
Our club strives to serve our community via projects that occur throughout the calendar year. Our projects can range from a one day event to a multi-month commitment, and fall under the Rotary International areas of focus:
- Peace and conflict prevention/resolution
- Disease prevention and treatment
- Water and sanitation
- Maternal and child health
- Basic education and literacy
- Economic and community development
In addition to local service projects, our club engages in international service projects in partnership with Rotary clubs around the world.
Our club proudly partnered with the Rotary Club of Nateete-Kampala (Uganda), The Raleigh Midtown Rotary Club, and All We Are to install solar power at the Kinaawa Parents Academy in Wakiso, Uganda. Now students study better by having school lighting for the first time.
Our club proudly supports The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International and its program areas:
- Promoting Peace
- Fighting Disease
- Providing Clean Water
- Supporting Education
- Saving Mothers and Children
- Growing Local Economies
Rotary has been working to eradicate polio for over 30 years and has achieved a 99.9% reduction in polio cases worldwide. The eradication of polio remains Rotary’s top international priority and our goal of ridding the earth of this disease is in sight. Today, Afghanistan, Nigeria, and Pakistan are the only countries where polio remains endemic.
Learn more about the programs of The Rotary Foundation and how to support them.