Since our club’s charter in December of 2009, we meet regularly every Tuesday of the month (holiday’s excluded). Our mission is to serve our community through service projects and fundraising to help needed charities further their mission to help others. We also support the Rotary Foundation that has a worldwide outreach to help those in need with clean water, medical treatment, food, shelter, education and our worldwide fight against ending Polio.
Our club is always looking for new members, so if you would like to join us, there are several ways to do that. Click our membership link to get more information, and other links to learn more about us. Below is more information about what Rotary is and what we do- please take the time to check it out!
2017-2018 Year in Review
- RCOPS Club members:
o sponsored the Interact Club of Oakleaf High School
o sponsored the Rotaract Club of St. Johns River State College
o contributed to the First Generation Scholarship for St. Johns River State College
o contributed over $6,100 to the RF Annual Fund
- RCOPS service projects:
o Partnering with the Interact Club, a total of 150 backpacks were stuffed with full-sized hygiene products and given to homeless students. When attendance was tracked during the three months prior to the distribution of the backpacks, and compared to the three months after distribution, attendance of these at-risk children increased by 1.13% – a small, but important increase, particularly when Clay County’s homeless children’s attendance is 7.5% less than non-homeless children. This project has helped to bridge the gap in attendance of homeless vs. non-homeless students.
o Club members donated new and gently used books for Quigley House, a Domestic Violence Shelter, to add to their library for residents to enjoy.
o RCOPS and Interact Club members partnered to donate new stuffed animals for Clay County Sheriff’s deputies to give to children when they are witnesses/victims of a crime.
o Several members of our club, joined with the Interact Club, partnered with Rotary Club of Orange Park Sunrise to package meals for the Rise Against Hunger project.
o Several members judged the student entries in the Clay County STEM Expo (science fair).
o RCOPS joined forces the Orange Park clubs, Fleming Island, and Green Cove Springs clubs to spruce up the grounds and building of the Orange Park Senior Center.
o During Sexual Assault Awareness Month, RCOPS partnered with our Interact Club to collect travel-sized hygiene products and new flip flops and clothing for the Clay and Duval County Sexual Assault Centers, as until the forensic collection process is completed, emergent rape victims are discouraged from showering until after their forensic exam, and their clothing is often taken into evidence.
o Several Club members served as volunteers for the Clay County Fair.
o RCOPS raised over $400 for C.A.R.T., to support research on Alzheimer’s disease.
o RCOPS partnered with other Clay County Rotary clubs to participate in monthly Dine-Arounds, raising funds for Polio Plus.
o RCOPS member John Sims planted 241 trees in honor of Earth Day.
- Over 200 volunteer hours were logged by RCOPS Club Members, in addition to over 400 volunteer hours logged by Oakleaf Plantation Interact students.
- RCOPS Club Members participated in 3 Social Events – the Christmas Party and Superbowl party hosted by Club Member Keith Litterick, as well as the Chili-Cook Off hosted by Rotary Club of Fleming Island (and RCOPS member Scott Koleber had the winning entry!)
- RCOPS supported the Rotary Youth Leadership Academy (RYLA) by sponsoring an Oakleaf Plantation Interact student to attend the academy.
The Object of Rotary
“The Object of Rotary is to encourage and foster the ideal of service as a basis of worthy enterprise and, in particular, to encourage and foster”:
FIRST. The development of acquaintance as an opportunity for service;
SECOND. High ethical standards in business and professions, the recognition of the worthiness of all useful occupations, and the dignifying of each Rotarian’s occupation as an opportunity to serve society;
THIRD. The application of the ideal of service in each Rotarian’s personal, business, and community life;
FOURTH. The advancement of international understanding, goodwill, and peace through a world fellowship of business and professional persons united in the ideal of service.
Avenues of Service
Based on the Object of Rotary, the Avenues of Service are Rotary’s philosophical cornerstone and the foundation on which club activity is based:
Club Service focuses on strengthening fellowship and ensuring the effective functioning of the club.
Vocational Service encourages Rotarians to serve others through their vocations and to practice high ethical standards.
Community Service covers the projects and activities the club undertakes to improve life in its community.
International Service encompasses actions taken to expand Rotary’s humanitarian reach around the globe and to promote world understanding and peace.
New Generations recognizes the positive change implemented by youth and young adults involved in leadership development activities, community and international service projects, and exchange programs that enrich and foster world peace and cultural understanding.
The Four-Way Test
The test, which has been translated into more than 100 languages, asks the following questions:
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?
ABOUT ROTARY INTERNATIONAL
Rotary began as an idea more than 100 years ago. Today, Rotary flourishes worldwide with 1.2 million members in more than 200 countries and geographical areas. The world’s first service club was formed on 23 February 1905 by Paul P. Harris, an attorney who wished to capture in a professional club the same friendly spirit he had felt in the small towns of his youth. The club was formed in Chicago with just 7 businessmen; Paul P. Harris, Silvester Schiele, Montague “Monty” Bear Harris, Bernard E. “Barney” Arntzen, Rufus F. “Rough-house” Chapin, Harry L. Ruggles, and Robert Fletcher. The new Rotary Club of Chicago was born. The Rotary name derived from the early practice of rotating meetings among members’ offices.
Not long after the formation of the Chicago Club, 100 years ago the very first club to Charter in Florida was the Jacksonville Rotary Club. George W. Clark, a close personal friend of Paul Harris became the first club president in February of 1912, six short years after the meeting of the first club in Chicago. Since then the Jacksonville Rotary Club has helped the growth of Rotary in Florida by fostering many more clubs. Our club is the newest club recently added to their family tree.
Our club (#63 in the District) being the newest in District 6970 was Chartered in December 2009. You could read more about our club on the “history of our club” page in this site. For more information about Rotary International, please visit www.rotary.org.