See how Rotary has made a difference in Alabama this year

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Rotary members planting a garden while filming a PSA about the organization. Photo via The University of Alabama Journalism and Creative Media Department

You’ve heard about their work and seen their projects—but do you really know what Rotary is all about? If you live in the northern half of Alabama, odds are you’ve been impacted by one of Rotary’s many projects. We took a look at their work in 2021 to learn more about the ways Rotary District 6860 impacts lives, both locally and internationally.

But first—who is Rotary District 6860?

Tommie Goggans of the Anniston Club tells his Rotary story in the new District PSA

If you’ve traveled around Birmingham, odds are you’ve seen the massive “Rotary Trail in the Magic City” sign along 20th Street. This sign (and the trail it advertises) were made possible by the Rotary Club of Birmingham, one of the 52 individual Rotary Clubs that makes up Rotary District 6860.

Since its founding in 1913, Rotary District 6860 has grown to represent Rotary Clubs throughout the northern half of Alabama, ranging in size from eight members to over 600 per club!

Rotary By the Numbers

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Local florists created a floral memorial on Rotary Trail, one of the best-known projects by the Rotary Club in Birmingham. Photo by Matthew Niblett for Bham Now

Although we’re not quite halfway through 2021, Rotary District 6860 has already made an enormous impact in Alabama this year. Rotary has partnered with Children’s of Alabama to help fund their life-saving Critical Care Transport program, which transports nearly 1,000 critically injured & ill children each year. But that’s not all.

As one of the best-known service organizations in the world, community involvement is a high priority for Rotary District 6860. This year, the organization has funded more than $133,800 in District Grants by supporting dozens of community projects, including:

  • Helping 525 children in 3 counties receive a book every month from The Imagination Library.
  • Providing meals to Alabama students that depend on school lunch programs.
  • Opening a playground for special needs children, dubbed Rotary STAR Park, in Florence.
  • Supplying 150 emergency buckets to UMCOR for distribution during natural disasters.
  • And much more!

That’s not all—Rotary District 6860 has partnered with Rotary Clubs around the world to help fund projects across the globe, like helping to refurbish a school in India, building wells in Latin America, and working to eradicate cervical cancer as a public health crisis in Sri Lanka. 

New Clubs + Find Out How You Can Join

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Members of the new Rotary Club of Smith Lake. Photo via Rotary District 6860

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With community projects like these, both international and local, joining a Rotary Club near you is an excellent way to give back to your community. And joining Rotary has never been easier—in 2021, the district has added two new clubs to its roster: the Rotary Club of Smith Lake and the Rotary Club of Birmingham Sunset, an evening club for young professionals in Birmingham.

To learn more, visit Rotary District 6860’s website or click here to find a Rotary Club for you.

Have you been impacted by a Rotary project? Tag them on Instagram @rotary6860 to let them know!

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Nathan Watson
Tennessee native who fell in love with Birmingham during college. Graduated from Birmingham-Southern College in 2019. Passionate about Birmingham and its continued growth.
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