Posted by Pat Ward
Taking Part in the Rotary Club New Member Induction on January 31st was: Row 1 L-R, Rotary President Toni Christman, Inductee Michele Kushmeder, Sponsor Donna Barna, Inductee Cal Herring, Inductee Marie Ernst and Sponsor Lani Drobnock.  Row 2 L-R, Past President Lew Dryfoos, Rotary President Elect Kathie Oh, Sponsor Jim Reinmiller and Rotary Vice President Alan Whitaker.
Past President Lew Dryfoos conducted the induction ceremony which welcomed new members Marie Ernst, sponsored by Lani Drobnock; Cal Herring Sponsored by Donna Barna; and Michele Kushmeder, sponsored by Jim Reinmiller.
The main objective of Rotary is service in the community, in the workplace and throughout the world.  Rotary volunteers build goodwill and peace, provide humanitarian service and encourage high ethical standards in all vocations.
Rotary members are professional men and women who work as volunteers to improve the quality of life in their home and work community.  Club membership represents a cross-section of local business and professional leaders. Rotary International is one of the of world’s largest service organizations with some 30,000 autonomous clubs in more than 160 countries.
Members are expected to maintain an acceptable attendance, pay annual dues to their club and participate in the club’s fundraising and other projects.  New members are introduced at a weekly club meeting and presented with their Rotary lapel pin by their club sponsor.  Members must wear their name badges at every weekly meeting.  In order for a new Rotarian to graduate from a red “new” member to a blue "full member" badge, he or she must complete four requirements from a list of seven. 
Although the weekly meetings and fellowships events are part of a Rotarian’s life, the main component of membership is honoring its commitment to the club motto, “Service Above Self”.  This is done through developing and presenting community service projects, sponsorship of various community improvement activities and taking part in the club’s fundraising opportunities that provide and maintain these projects.