Rotary International says that August is "Membership Month" but we at Marble Falls Daybreak Rotary think every month is. Depending on ...
That is, depending on finding business and professional people who want to make a difference in their community, and in the world.
On August 3rd we had a great presentation from Pat Satterwhite, District 5870 Membership Chair. Pat is a member and Past-President of the Rotary Club of Flatonia. She shared some ideas for how to attract and engage people who are willing to put "Service Above Self." That was the international motto the year (2003) that Daybreak was chartered and we liked it so much -- we kept it for our local motto.
Service Above Self says it all. For example, look at what we do and how we do it at Daybreak:

First and foremost, we build lifelong relationships and friends within our club and beyond and have fun together. We have varying charitable activities from time to time but some of our core activities include:

  • Anything that involves bettering the lives of children.

  • Scholarships to Marble Falls High School graduates with some emphasis on the students at Falls Career H.S. which is a self-paced alternative to the traditional classroom for students who are working or perhaps have come back to complete their diploma after dropping out previously.

  • Send 2-4 juniors to “RYLA” which is a week-long leadership camp.

  • Hosting Adoption Day each November where on a Saturday we have two courtrooms running with formal proceedings where children in the foster care system are getting their “forever homes.” Well, it’s only sort of formal given that everyone including the judges and court reporters are dressed in super-hero costumes and the floor is littered with colorful balloons.

We have one major fundraiser each year, a Sporting Clays shoot at the Hidden Falls Shooting Club. We raise 10k plus and sometimes upwards of 20k.  These proceeds support not only our core activities but enable us to do one-off projects locally or in participation with other clubs on an international basis. Those projects focus on health (especially women and children), clean water and literacy. Rotary has also been instrumental in the eradication of polio – worldwide.