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Rotary connects

by Luke Osteen


When Rotary International President Mark Daniel Maloney took the reins for 2019-20, he declared the RI Theme for the Year to be “Rotary Connects the World.”

“Rotary Connects the World” asks Rotarians to build the connections that allow talented, thoughtful, and generous people to unite and take meaningful action through Rotary service.

Members of the Rotary Club of Highlands, who’ve stood for such values since the club’s inception in 1945, have accepted the call and redoubled their efforts to serve their community and the world.

For instance, the club is cheerfully contributes to the the CART Fund. The CART Fund provides funds for cutting edge research to cure Alzheimer’s disease.

CART started in 1996 with Rotarians voluntarily emptying their pockets and purses of change at weekly meetings. One hundred percent of donated funds go to cutting edge Alzheimer’s disease research. As of May, CART has awarded $8.2 million dollars in 50 grants to recognized US research institutions.

All administrative expenses of the fund are paid from interest earned from invested contributions.

That’s just one aspect of the Rotary Club of Highlands ongoing tradition of generosity and compassion.

“Community projects for the 19-20 year include assisting Highlands Food Pantry with their continually growing food cost, the Twilight 5K proceeds going to AHEC, which is a support system for Highlands School, and we would never forget the Literacy Council Building Campaign plus many other worthy causes throughout the year,” says President Sherry B. Holt.

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