What does paddling across Lake Peachtree, dancing seniors and man’s best friend have in common? The Rotarians of Fayette County. This proud and dedicated group of leaders is part of a unified mission, Rotary, an international humanitarian service organization of more than 1 million members who volunteer their time, efforts, talents and resources to make life better for members of the community, whether global, national or local. Here in Fayette County, Rotarians bring their unique personalities and skills to a collaborative group focused on improving and developing the community through action. Partnerships with various community leaders and businesses help foster and drive the financial backing of the clubs’ initiatives.
The Rotary Club of Fayetteville
The Rotary Club of Fayetteville has been impassioned to give back to the local community since it was established in 1980. The club’s inaugural senior “citizen” prom, which debuted in the summer of 2019, brought happy feet out to the dance floor for a night of fun and fellowship. It was part of Rotary International’s ongoing efforts to honor and engage seniors. Fundraising dollars for the “Night in Hollywood” event were donated to the Yellow Butterfly Fund, an initiative that financially supports seniors who need help and “a little sunshine” into their lives. The Yellow Butterfly Fund has been accessed more than 70 times in the last 10 years to help seniors in times of need.
"The Rotary Club of Fayetteville continues to grow and thrive. Our members live the Service Above Self motto, which will result in stronger collaborations with service organizations and communities." –Vickie Butler, 2019 president, Rotary Club of Fayetteville
The Rotary Club of Peachtree City
The Rotary Club of Peachtree City, founded in 1967, stands as the oldest service club in Fayette County. Its signature service project is the Dragon Boat Festival held annually in September. The race is considered one of the most inclusive sports as it’s accessible to youths and adults spanning all abilities and age. Exhibition races include Mayor’s Cup, Special Olympics and a breast cancer race, among others. This year, part of the proceeds of the race went to The Eden Project and Real Life Center, two local nonprofits. For opportunities to race, volunteer and sponsor, contact Jessica Walker or Pam Young at PTC-DragonBoats@hotmail.com.
Dragon Boat Racing is an activity and attitude that allows everyone, despite their skills, fitness level, age, abilities or disabilities, to build strong teams and, ultimately, a strong community.” –Jessica Walker, dragon boat organizer, Rotary Club of Peachtree City
Fayette Daybreak Rotary
Since its creation in 1984, the Fayette Daybreak Rotary has been a steady supporter of the City of Tyrone and other neighboring communities. One of the Rotary’s signature events is the Tyrone Founders Day Race, which was a fun color run this past October and part of the Tyrone Founders Day celebration. Proceeds of the annual run are channeled to community endeavors that support pets, veterans and literacy. Also hosted by the Fayette Daybreak Rotary is Paws for a Purpose, an annual dog walk held each April. Donations from the event are given to local animal shelters such as Royal Animal Refuge, Fayette County Humane Society and Cocos Cupboard. For more information, visit FayetteEaybreak.org.
“I joined Rotary because of my passion to contribute back to the communities in which I live and work. I look forward to what the future holds for our club and what we can do to make this community a better place for everyone.” –Dr. Tiffany Terry, president, Fayette Daybreak Rotary