Although the Madison Rotary Club is one of nearly 2000 Rotary clubs in 160 countries dedicated to serving others locally and internationally, the club is as unique and individual as the gem that is Madison, Indiana. Madison Rotarians reflect the rich historic and vibrant community spirit that is a trademark of the Madison and Jefferson County community.
The club is comprised of local business and community leaders who are committed to the service of others. The tradition dates back to 1919 in Madison when local leaders chartered the club. This makes it one of the longest running Rotary clubs in the region.
Club members meet every Thursday evening for dinner, fellowship and to plan service projects. The club has several service projects that it tackles every year including helping with manpower at the Madison Regatta and Chautauqua festivals, holding Christmas parties at the Lide White Boys' and Girls' Club and the Madison State Hospital, ringing bells for the Salvation Army and providing customized "I Like Me" books to every Kindergarten student in the county.
The above-mentioned projects might be enough for many clubs but the list does not even include the club's premiere local service project. The Madison Rotary club awards $10,000 in scholarships each year to Jefferson County graduating seniors.
We are actively involved in the "Fulfilling Our Promise" fundraising campaign to help Rotary International complete the task of eradicating polio from the world. In October 1985, Rotary International pledged US $120 million to fund its Polio Plus program. By February 2005, Rotarians contributed a total of over US $500 million. At this time, only four countries are still polio endemic. This global effort will not be complete until all countries are polio-free.