Little Elm Big Hearts. The slogan of the new Little Elm Rotary Club describes the attitude the members have toward serving the community.
When the Little Elm Lions Club dwindled down to a few members the group disbanded. A few joined other Lions Clubs in the area, and a few chose not to join another club. The former Lions who did not join another club realized they enjoyed working on community projects so they decided to form a Rotary Club, the first in Little Elm.
About eight people began meeting last February preparing to start a Rotary Club and looking for a first project.
Claudia Stooksberry, club president, explained the need for a club.
“We have a lot of people in this community that like to give. A club is a great conduit to get people together that want to help others,” she said.
The club’s first project was helping a family whose house burned down. The Rotary Club helped with a handicapped ramp and planted flower beds in the yard.
The Lewisville Morning Rotary Club sponsored the Little Elm Club while it was getting started. The local club received its charter at a banquet on Oct. 19. The District Governor of District 5790 Christopher McLucas came to Little Elm to present the group with its charter.
There are 28 charter members, and they are demonstrating their own and the International Rotary Clubs’ motto – Service Above Self. The Rotary Club of Little Elm is taking over the Lions Club Breakfast with Santa this year. The Lions Club has partnered with the American Legion for that event for 29 years. This year the Rotary will do the same at 8 a.m. Dec. 9 in the Little Elm High School cafeteria.
On Oct. 28 the Rotary Club will partner with the Little Elm Police Department for the bike rodeo in Little Elm Park. Rotary members will be passing out bottles of water and generally helping with the event. Also the Little Elm Rotary Club will be working with Cloth-a-Child this fall.
Stooksberry said the Little Elm Rotary Club has a heart for local area projects, but for any member interested in participating in international projects there is plenty of opportunity for that. Any member who wants to may participate in overseas Rotary projects, such as helping eradicate polio or helping a village obtain clean water.
The new Rotarians are participating in a club that began more than 110 years ago. Chicago attorney Paul Harris founded the first Rotary Club in 1905. The name came from the custom of the first members rotating the meeting location among their offices. The group grew so quickly that within a year members had to establish a permanent meeting place.
It wasn’t till the 1940s that the Rotary adopted its famous Four-way Test. Herbert J. Taylor originated the Test to help change the corporate culture of the Club Aluminum Products the decade before.
These four questions should be applied to things we think, say or do.
- Is it the truth?
- Is it fair to all concerned?
- Will it build good will and better friendships?
- Will it be beneficial to all concerned.
“Your Rotary Club is like your family,” Stooksberry said. “Rotary is there to bridge the gap between those in need and those who can provide for that help.”
Anyone who wants more information about the Little Elm Rotary Club can email Stooksberry at CJStooks@kw.com or call 936-554-0376.