Generosity, compassion and steadfastness easily characterize the public outreach and community service of the Prince George’s County Rotary Club, formerly known as the Rotary Club of Bladensburg.
To provide the aid so desperately needed, the club is seeking new members who want to advance its mission in the coming years with leadership and dedication.
The Rotary Club of Historic Prince George’s County lives the Rotary’s motto of “Service above Self” through its numerous community projects, said Joe Slert, president of the Prince George’s club.
Starting in 2010, the club has been involved in Disaster Aid USA, which provides funds, supplies and support to communities in crisis. Among the beneficiaries were the victims of Hurricane Sandy in New Jersey and those who survived the flooding in West Virginia.
The club tailored its emergency relief to the specific needs of both afflicted areas. For Sandy survivors, the club members collected food, clothing, mattresses, diapers and cleaning supplies for distribution. The devastation in West Virginia called for chainsaws, shovels, compressors and other equipment.
The assistance it provided is part of the Rotary’s worldwide and nationwide humanitarian work, but the Prince George’s club also serves folks closer to home.
The club provides scholarships for high school students, gives dictionaries and school supplies to local elementary schools and provides food for Thanksgiving dinners to families, among other aid projects, said Joe.
To continue helping people, the club is seeking members with a passion to serve others. The responsibilities include fundraising, event organizing and volunteering. But most importantly, the club provides a camaraderie of like-minded people who are making a difference in their community.
To learn about Rotary Clubs throughout Maryland and how you can become involved, visit mdrotary.org.
— Therese Umerlik | Editor