What is Rotary?

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By: Art Deardorff
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What is Rotary?

If you would like to find out, we are holding a special Taco Thursday meeting on Aug. 31 at the Turkey Creek Golf Club where interested community members can learn more about our club and meet our club members. 

Our featured speaker will be Rotarian Joann Hilton, who is actively working on a Rotary project to eliminate sex trafficking in our area. This project is supported by many clubs in the greater Sacramento area.  If you want to come (at no cost to guests), contact any Rotarian. Or contact us at 916-581-0160 or

To answer the original question, Rotary Club of Lincoln is a leadership organization of active and retired business, professional and civic leaders.

Through our regular meetings, club activities, social events and volunteer projects, we get to know each other and build personal and professional connections.  We come together to exchange ideas and take action to make a difference in our community and around the world. 

Rotarians can extend our networks by visiting other clubs around the globe. Joining Rotary could change your life. 

In Lincoln, Rotary actively pursues projects related to students and our senior community.

We actively support the Interact/Key Club, getting high school students to become interested in service. In 2017, we committed to providing $8,000 in scholarships to Lincoln High School students.

To promote reading, we have a Book Buddies program at Creekside Elementary School and a Bikes for Books program to encourage reading at all grade schools in the Western Placer Unified School District. 

Each year, we send three to five high school juniors to a Rotary Youth Leadership camp to prepare them for future leadership roles. 

Rotary was a lead organization last year to start the process of developing a senior center in Lincoln. We are continuing to support this and many other smaller service projects to benefit our community. See our website,, for more information.

Since 2012, Lincoln Rotary has taken the lead in running the Lincoln Wine Fest, a project to encourage residents from all areas of greater Sacramento and Placer County to visit Lincoln and Placer county wineries.  

Four times per year, we organize the Lincoln Community Blood Drives, one of the most successful blood drives sponsored by Rotary Clubs in the greater Sacramento region.

All Rotary Clubs are Rotary International members and are dedicated to improving lives and creating a better world. One of Rotary’s primary missions is the eradication of polio forever. Starting with vaccination of 6 million children in the Philippines in 1976, polio today only remains endemic in Afghanistan, Nigeria and Pakistan.

Art Deardorff is the Lincoln Rotary webmaster and District 5180 webmaster.