Welcome to the Montgomery Capital Rotary Club!

The Montgomery Capital Rotary Club (MCRC) began on May 26, 1978. Presently, 43 members from a variety of businesses and professional organizations in the Montgomery metropolitan area are members of the club.

The Rotary movement extends beyond the United States. There are over 35,000 clubs worldwide, with approximately 1.2 million Rotary members. Rotary International (RI), headquartered in Evanston, Illinois, could not possibly provide services to so many clubs without an intervening link between them and the clubs. Thus, clubs are assigned to Districts, and district officers help them manage club activities.

Rotary got its start in Chicago at the turn of the 20th Century. At that time, four men with common interests met regularly for social reasons – to build friendships in an age of alienation, a byproduct of the new industrial age. Initially, they met at one location. Eventually, they decided to rotate where they met. Thus, that’s how Rotary got its name. Given the harsh economic circumstances many workers faced, these “founding fathers” eventually decided their “club” would foster the ideal of service above self to help the less fortunate.

Since those early days, Rotary has not only grown numerically but in the scope of activities it supports. The MCRC not only supports the international goal of eliminating Polio but focuses on improving the educational opportunities for Montgomery’s youth. For example, the club has provided financial support to Brantwood Children’s Home, Girls and Boys Club, the YMCA, and Easterseals Central Alabama. Further, it continues its commitment to Lunches for Learning—an initiative to provide educational opportunities to poverty-stricken children in Honduras.

The club meets every Thursday at Wynlakes Golf & Country Club at noon to foster friendship, goodwill, and to learn and exchange ideas about issues affecting Montgomery. Typically, each meeting features a guest speaker who helps members understand not only the challenges the community faces but the success stories that may not get the same level of media attention. In addition to our weekly meetings, the club has supported the following:

  • An annual fundraiser titled “Hearts for Children – A Valentine’s Gala.”
  • Financial support to eliminate Polio worldwide
  • Rotary Youth Leadership Award
  • Salvation Army Christmas Bell Ringing campaign
  • Opportunities for members to help other worthwhile civic organizations.

Club Application for Membership in Rotary International
20 April 1978

MCRC Officers and Board Members

  • Joe Hamilton, President
  • Debbie Lynn, immediate Past President
  • Gary Oos, President-Elect & Secretary
  • Susanne Trest, Treasurer
  • Sommer Morris, Sergeant at Arms
  • Herb Manig, Board Member
  • Mickey Golden, Board Member
  • Barry Morton, Board Member
  • Bob Runkle, Board Member
  • Stanley Presley, Board Member

MCRC Committee Chairs

  • Fundraising – Joe Hamilton
  • Public Relations – Gary Oos
  • Grant Project – Stanley Presley
  • Interact Club – Vacant
  • Strategic Planning/Bylaws – Herb Manig
  • Membership – Barry Morton

Expectations of our Fellow Members:

  • Regular attendance at meetings
  • Participate in the Fundraiser and other service projects
  • Be on a Committee
  • Bring a guest to a meeting once a quarter – Help us grow!
  • Periodically arrange for a speaker
  • Pay Club dues when billed. (Dues are $225/quarter for the lunch buffet. The club encourages a $25 contribution to the Rotary Foundation.)
  • Participate in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance and the “4 Way Test of the Things We Think, Say or Do.”
    • Is it the TRUTH?
    • Is it FAIR to all concerned?
    • Will it build GOODWILL and BETTER FRIENDSHIPS?
    • Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?

Notable Rotarians

  • Warren G. Harding and Gerald Ford, American Presidents
  • Charles H. Mayo, Co-founder of Mayo Clinic
  • Orville Wright, aviation pioneer
  • Sam Walton, Founder of Walmart
  • Frank Borman, American astronaut

For additional information, contact Barry Morton, Membership Chairman