EFFINGHAM — Effingham Sunrise Rotary celebrated 25 years of camaraderie and service to the community at its weekly meeting Tuesday.
The club was founded by a group of local business people who held a Charter Presentation banquet on June 15, 1994. The club started with 28 charter members and four of them are still currently involved in Sunrise Rotary.
Karen Kull has been a member of the club since 2006. She got involved in Rotary after seeing the club's projects in the newspaper and becoming interested.
"Some of the things I really enjoy about Rotary are the people," she said. "I like the diversity of our group and the talents and enthusiasm they bring."
Having a business, Alan Davis thought Rotary would be a good fit for him and he knew Rotary did a lot of good things.
"I've always enjoyed the club and its members, whether it was at meetings or having great programs, or whether we were on a project, it felt like we were a good close-knit group," he said.
Davis recalled his most memorable time in his Rotary career when some of the group's members spearheaded an effort to honor the state police officers killed in the line of duty. His father was one of the officers.
"Putting up the memorial at the old courthouse lawn and naming a portion of the interstate near where my father was killed after him was awesome," he said, "This goes to show how people think of others. It was a great memory for me and my family."
Bill Elving joined Rotary in Flora in 1978. He's a past president of the Flora club and Martinsburg, Pennsylvania, club. He missed a few years in Memphis, Tennessee, but since then has been a continuous Rotarian.
What he likes about Rotary is that it helps introduce new people in the community to others.
"Instant access to the community. Soon as you move somewhere you find out who is a Rotarian, you follow him to a meeting, and in a week you know everybody," he said.
Sunrise Rotary President Holly Bray likes the organization because it is service minded. The club is involved in a variety of activities in the community, including the annual Halloween parade, planting trees at Lake Sara, veterans resource fair in the fall and Krops for Kids, which helps students learn about farming.
"It's an honor to sit in with them," she said. "It makes you appreciate where you are in the world."