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Busy Rotarians making a difference in Lincoln

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By Claire Luke Special to The News Messenger Lincoln Rotary members have been busy making donations to the library, Future Farmers of America and the Lincoln Youth Center. They’ve also donated time working at the center, the Salt Mine and other Lincoln areas. Make a Difference Day saw close to 25 Rotarians and spouses helping Home Depot volunteers landscape a local school. Rotary’s motto is “Service Above Self” and so many Rotarians epitomize these words. Members are getting involved with the Diversion Group program that focuses on at-risk youth. Many members served as mentors for the Roseville Diversion Program and now will be able to assist closer at home with Lincoln youth. Rotary recently presented a check to Future Farmers of America reps from Lincoln High School and to the Lincoln Library to purchase books. Rotary also donates a book each week in honor of meeting speakers. Lincoln Rotary has a membership of 50-plus members and meets at noon every Thursday at the Women’s Club. Some club projects are the White Sox Little League team, the Brown Sox Little League Summer traveling team and collecting food for the Salt Mine. Club members work with the Interact Club at Lincoln High School and also support the at-risk kids through the county-sponsored Diversion Program. Lincoln Rotary also paints baseball fields, plants trees, cleans areas around the city and many more such service projects. For more information about Lincoln Rotary, check online at rotary.lincal.com or visit our weekly meeting. Join us at noon on Thursday in the Women’s Club on the corner of 5th and E Streets. Be our guest and find out what Rotary is all about. Claire Luke is the Lincoln Rotary club director