It was a celebration 45 years in the making when members and supporters of the Rotary Club of Alamo joined to honor the service organization's milestone anniversary.
About 45 people attended the 45th anniversary luncheon at Round Hill Country Club last week, which featured special presentations and recognitions from Rotary International and elected officials.
"We are very proud of the Rotary Club of Alamo and the role that they have played in our community for 45 years," club president Kim Smith said. "The members have put the Rotary motto of 'Service Above Self' to work in many ways throughout the Alamo community, the county and the world at large."
"As a member of this service organization, we have the opportunity to take what we each would contribute individually and compound that through the strength of the Rotary organization to make a more substantive impact," Smith added. "Rotary gives our members a sense of community, fellowship, friendship and belonging while allowing them to utilize their talents for the greater good."
Founded in May 1971, the Rotary Club of Alamo now has 50 members who meet every Wednesday at Round Hill.
The May 11 anniversary meeting included special guests, Rotary dignitaries Richard King (past Rotary International president), Ken Courville (Rotary District 5160 governor) and Jon Dwyer (District 5160 trainer and governor nominee designate).
King, the keynote speaker, presented a moving story of the vital service Rotary has provided in developing countries around the world, according to Alamo Rotary officials. He also recognized Alamo Rotarian Greg Schuyler as a Charter Member of the Club.
The Alamo Rotary Club also received certificates of recognition for its longtime community service from Contra Costa County Supervisor Candace Andersen and on behalf of State Assemblywoman Catharine Baker, who was represented by her district director Cindy Chin.
Among its efforts, Alamo Rotary supports the music programs at local schools, provides dictionaries to third-grade students, sponsors two free medical clinics for uninsured and underserved adults with acute or chronic medical conditions and takes part in other community and international projects.