The Rotary Club of Media: Working to make lasting change in our community and around the world
Jeff Cadorette, Rotary International Director, is based here in Media and is a second generation Rotarian. Rotary Clubs provide a broad range of humanitarian, intercultural, and educational programs to advance its ultimate goals of world peace and understanding. Jeff believes in the many opportunities that being a Rotarian can present. Being a Rotary International Director, Jeff has worked on the corporate signature project whose goal is to eradicate Polio from the planet. Through the efforts of Rotary International, this initiative has led to a 99.99% decrease in the rate of Polio. With massive benefits to the international community, the Rotary club also provides networking and fellowship with individuals who believe in service and giving back locally and internationally. The vast effects of the Rotary Club can be seen throughout the world but also within the grassroots efforts of local Rotary Clubs.
The Rotary Club of Media has been a staple of community service within the Media area for the past 90 years. Robert Hancock, president of the Rotary Club of Media, is proud of the work the Club has done throughout the community. The central mission of the club is to support the quality of life in Media. The Rotary Club of Media helps maintain Manchester Park, a pocket park that was recently completed on land that Media Real Estate transferred to Media Borough as part of the approval for the new Wawa store. The club adopted and donated $5,000 to help support improvements to Manchester park. They are also involved in the planning for the park and maintenance. Coming up on October 27th, the club has planned their semi-annual park cleanup. Some of the additional community initiatives that the Rotary Club of Media has supported are the ballfields at Springton Lake Middle School, the gazebo in Rose Tree Park, bike racks in Media Borough and they recently very generously donated $100,000 for the new Media-Upper Providence Free Library. The audio visual room located in the new library is dedicated to the Rotary Club of Media. Before school started this year, the club donated and filled backpacks for children attending Media Elementary School. In addition, the Rotary Club of media raises money every year for other projects and plans fundraisers such as golf tournaments, auctions, pancake breakfasts and raffles. The pancake breakfast for 2019 is planned for Memorial Day. The club anticipates raising $10,000 to be used for local community projects. A Bingo fundraiser is planned for February so be on the lookout for information coming soon.
Rotary International’s World Polio Day is coming up October 24 and the Rotary Club of Media will be holding a social that day from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at Pinocchio’s Restaurant in Media. All are welcome to attend to learn about the Rotary International’s initiative to eradicate polio throughout the world in conjunction with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
Membership in the Rotary Club provides not only benefits to the member but to the surrounding community. It provides its members with global connections all over the world, professional development and organizational development. Both Jeff Cadorette and Rob Hancock believe they have received so much more out of the organization than they have given to it. They both say they have formed lifelong friends within Rotary. With so many projects in the community, membership is vital so anyone who is interested may join the members of the Rotary Club of Media at Fellinis every Thursday at 12:15 for lunch or reach out to a member to learn more about the Rotary Club of Media or Rotary International. If membership is not an option, you can still be involved by donating to the Rotary Foundation of Media or Rotary International Foundation. The Foundations are a major funding source for the local and international communities and any donation would be greatly appreciated.
Additional information can be found on the Rotary Club of Media website.