About STMA Rotary Club

Rotary is a unique organization that stresses “service over self.” It focuses on helping citizens in our community as well as addressing the world-wide challenges of disease, literacy, starvation and clean water.

How does Rotary make a difference in the STMA community?

• Assists High School junior and seniors’ annual business education class trip
• Assists STMA students’ education trip to the Black Hills
• Participates in the national annual literacy project. One day each year, STMA Rotary members read to every
kindergarten student in STMA and the Parish School. Each student is given a book from Rotary.
• Annually, Rotary donates to the Hanover Food Shelf and volunteers at the food shelf.
• Rotary sponsors one or two scholarships each year to graduating STMA seniors
• Each year, Rotary supports the local American Cancer Society “Relay For Life.”
• Annually STMA Rotary supports the “Warm Heads Hands and Heart” program. We buy 100 pairs of winter hats and gloves and distribute them to needy school-age children.
• STMA Rotary has sponsored foreign exchange students to live and study in STMA.
• We funded, renovated, and constructed the Community Events sign at the St. Michael Parish School.
• STMA Rotary funded a defibrillator for the Crow River Senior Center and another for the Wright County Sheriff.

How does STMA Rotary makes a difference in the world?

• Our most notable current global project, PolioPlus, is contributing to the global eradication of polio. Since beginning the project in 1985, Rotarians have contributed over $600 million and thousands of volunteer-hours, leading to the inoculation of over two billion of the world's children. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is providing the world’s largest single-purpose matching grant of $100 million to Rotary International in an effort to finally eradicate polio from the last three countries in which it is found. Bill Gates said he would not trust any other private or government organization with that sum, and expects Rotary to be successful in eradicating polio forever.
• STMA has funded the annual installation of water wells in Haiti and has replaced a well pump at a school in Ecuador. Both countries include areas of extreme poverty and suffer waterborne disease.