The Heart of the Matter – Rotary Community Service

People join the Rotary Club of Battle Creek for a variety of reasons…Many people join the club because they want the opportunity to perform service in their hometown.

Founded in 1915, the club’s first service project was the establishment of two funds: ”the Milk Fund and the Shoe Fund to provide for Battle Creek school students in need.” Soon, however, the club was committed to the war effort. Club members volunteered to help with the draft and draft registrations. Responding to the plan to develop Camp Custer, the club organized the first Liberty Bond drive. The Rotary Club of Battle Creek pledged $30,000 for Camp Custer construction.


Among the many community programs that Rotary supports are:

  • Annual Children’s Christmas Party
  • Battle Creek Bailey Park Pavilion
  • Binder Park Zoo
  • Charitable Union Winter Coat Distribution
  • Foodbank of South Central Michigan
  • Global Citizens River Clean Up Project
  • Habitat for Humanity Building Project
  • Non-profit Mentoring Project
  • Salvation Army Bell Ringing
  • Thomas Episcopal Church Summer Breakfast Program
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