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.