Every time you drive past the Eastern Michigan State Fairgrounds and read about what's happening on the big digital sign out front, you can thank the Imlay City Rotary Club. Ditto for checking the time when in downtown Imlay City. The Rotary Club made that clock possible.
If you've ever spent an afternoon with your toddlers to Rotary Park on First Street, you can do the same—thank the Imlay City Rotary Club and other generous community members and area foundations for making that such an enjoyable experience.
For the past 80 years, Imlay City Rotarians have dedicated themselves to the club's motto of 'Service Above Self.' For the past eight decades, the club has donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to local causes, including funding scholarships for area students, supporting athletics and extra-curricular endeavors, donated to food banks, Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, the Polly Ann Trail, Lapeer County Future Farmers of America, Boys and Girls State, and numerous other local causes. That's on top of the hundreds of thousands of dollars the Imlay Club has donated to Rotary Club International projects and the Rotary Foundation to support causes that improve the lives of people across the globe. As champions of peace and literacy, the collective of like minded individuals works to fight poverty and disease, and promote clean water and sanitation in all parts of the world. And just as the Imlay City Rotarians make a difference locally, Rotary International has dedicated itself to the eradication of polio in all populations.
Considering that Chicago attorney Paul Harris founded the Rotary Club in 1905, it's noteworthy—and a source of pride—that members of the Imlay City community were service minded enough to join in the movement just a few decades later. The club's 80 year history is indeed an outstanding reflection of the quality of its members and the people who live and work right here in town.
Congratulations to the Imlay City Rotary Club for marking this milestone in its history. We join in with the community as a whole in tipping our hats to its members, and offering deep gratitude and thanks for all of the good works it has performed in our backyard and beyond.