Since its beginning in 1941, Piedmont Rotarians have given back in many ways to the communities in which they live and work in concert
with Rotary’s Five Avenues of Service.
Our primary focus has been on the needs of youth by helping break down barriers to health, education and social development.
Piedmont Rotary provides opportunities to develop self-confidence, public speaking and leadership skills through such programs as Clearwater
Students of the Month; financial support of local scout troops and athletic teams; sponsorship of a high school Interact
club and support
for local students to attend Rotary’s Youth Leadership Academy (RYLA
Local social-economic conditions result in many area youth facing serious obstacles to achieving their full potential. Rotary programs have
been implemented to address the lack of adequate clothing (footwear and winter coats). Programs have also been implemented to educate students
on the life changing consequences of substance abuse and every third grade student in the county is given a personal dictionary to help develop
reading and comprehension skills.
Our largest investment in area youth is through the annual awarding of college scholarships to help offset the expenses of higher education.
Piedmont Rotarians undertake projects for the greater good of communities such as picnic shelters in city parks and benches
along walking trails. We host several mobile food pantry events annually to help feed those in need while supporting hot holiday meal programs
conducted by other organizations. Typically, Piedmont Rotary supports more than 30 local charitable efforts annually.
One of Rotary’s founding principles promotes and encourages members to pursue excellence in their profession and maintain
high ethical standards in the conduct of their business; and, to recognize these qualities in all professions. Annually, Piedmont Rotary
recognizes the selection of Teacher and Staff persons of the year from county public schools with cash awards.
Piedmont Rotarians are expected to participate in club activities with their time and other resources. Members are invited and
encouraged to assume positions of responsibility and leadership and share their professional skills for the greater good of the organization.
Annually, one member is recognized as Rotarian of the Year
for outstanding and consistent efforts on behalf of Piedmont Rotary.
Piedmont Rotarians support the global initiatives of Rotary International through their personal contributions to the
Rotary Foundation especially its focus on the worldwide eradication of Polio. In addition Piedmont Rotary has served as the US partner in Rotary
funded grants that provided computer labs and artificial limbs in India. Lastly, Piedmont Rotary has hosted Group Study Exchange Teams from
Denmark and Brazil. While visiting our area, GSE team members were able to meet and exchange ideas with host families, club members, area business
leaders and students about subjects of mutual interest.
"Whatever Rotary may mean to us, to the world it will be known by the results it achieves."
Paul Harris, Founder of Rotary