Our Community Service Projects
Club President's Charity of the Year
Each year, our Club President selects a local charity to be featured during their term in office. This charity is introduced to the club membership, gaining exposure for their efforts in the community. At the end of the year the charity is presented with all of the funds raised through the weekly "Happy Bucks" as well as any special club fundraisers that year.
Following are some of the organizations that have been our past charity of the year...
- Columbus Architectural Archives
- Columbus Parks Foundation
- Lincoln Central Neighborhood Family Center
- Turning Point
- Foundation for Youth
- Love Chapel / Brighter Days Housing
- Advocates for Children
Our Club is pleased to both provide financial and volunteer support for the Columbus Indiana Philharmonic Adventure Concerts. This one day series of three 45-minute concerts shares live orchestral music with over 2,500 local 3rd and 4th grade students. For some, this is their first experience with this type of performance - or live music performed by a group of any kind. The Adventure Concerts are often the spark than ignites a child’s interest in learning more about music.
Judson Erne Scholarship
The Columbus Rotary / Judson Erne scholarship is given in honor of Judson Erne, a Rotarian for more than 60 years who exemplifies the Rotary motto Service Above Self. Mr. Erne provided 42 years of service to others as an educator, including 25 years as principle at Columbus High School, where he influenced the lives of over 12,000 young men and women. Mr. Erne was an innovative educator, challenging the standards of the day and constantly raising the bar of achievement. His success in his educational career grew directly from his success in life with people—treating others with faith and respect, helping them develop self-confidence, and encouraging them to rise to higher challenges.
The Judson Erne Scholarship is given to a graduating high school senior pursuing a college career in either; education, divinity, nursing or social work. Selection is based on the applicant’s scholastic record, having been a member of a school sponsored service organization and participating in both school and community service projects.
"I Like Me!" Book Program
Each year the Columbus Rotary Club makes a personalized "I Like Me!" book available to every kindergarten student in Bartholomew County. A product of Kindergartners Count Inc., the I Like Me! books help instill a love of reading, provide a positive message, build character, and promote school / community partnerships. The Columbus Rotary Club works with the county's kindergarten teachers to personalize the books for their students, orders the books, and delivers them to each classroom. Our Club is very thankful for the local businesses, individuals, and charitable foundations that help fund these book purchases. Thanks to this combined effort, approximately 1,000 students receive these books each year.
Below: Columbus Rotarians Beth Jones and Roger Brinkman deliver I Like Me! books to students at Lincoln Elementary School.