Rotary Club has made a real difference in Selma

Published 10:56 pm Saturday, January 30, 2016

Last year saw anniversaries of the most important events in the history of Selma.

It was quite remarkable that the Selma to Montgomery marches, the opening of the Edmund Pettus Bridge and the Battle of Selma all celebrated milestone anniversaries in a span of just three months.

In 2016, another Selma institution will mark an important date. The Selma Rotary Club has been in the Queen City for a century of service.

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That’s quite remarkable considering Rotary itself it just 111 years old. Indeed, the Selma club is one of the oldest in the Southeast.

Selma historian Alston Fitts and other club members are working on an “abridged” club history that will publish later this month, but it suffices to say it’s impossible to write about everything the club has contributed to Selma over the past 100 years.

The club goes about fulfilling its motto of “Service Above Self” through so many ways. Rotary Club members volunteer at countless community events and raise money to support many local causes.

We congratulate the club on its 100th anniversary and hope the community will come out to celebrate this moment with them.

They will have a black-tie optional celebration Feb. 25 at the George Evans Reception hall. Tickets are $40 and available from any club member and at Butler-Truax Jewelers, First Cahawba Bank on Citizens Parkway, the Selma and Dallas County Chamber of Commerce and Trustmark Bank.