community spotlight graphic Rotary

Over the past year we have dedicated a monthly blog to highlighting either a local nonprofit organization, a local business, or an individual who contributes to the positive culture of our North Shore community. This month, we take a closer look at the Rotary Club of Peabody. 

What is the Rotary Club? 

Rotary Clubs are known most for their service to the local community, the country as a whole, as well as for international deeds with the goal of helping those in need. In fact, the motto of the Rotary Club is “Service above self.” In other words, helping others is paramount to the spirit and actions of this wonderful organization. 

Rotary members, or Rotarians, develop community service projects that address many of today’s most critical issues, such as children at risk, poverty and hunger, the environment, literacy, and violence. They also support programs for youth, educational opportunities and international exchanges for students, teachers, and other professionals, and vocational and career development.

The Peabody Rotary Club is composed of men and women, from diverse backgrounds, all with one goal in mind… providing service to our community, country, and around the globe. 

Rotary group at Newhall Fields

What Does Rotary Do? 

As we stated above, the Peabody chapter of the Rotary club has been active all around the globe as well as right here on the North Shore. Recently, the Peabody Club funded literacy programs in Guatemala, contributed to flood relief efforts in Pakistan and, in conjunction with Rotary International, contributed to the eradication of Polio worldwide. 

Closer to home, Rotary is involved with raising funds for scholarships for Peabody students, sponsoring an Interact Club for Peabody students, serving meals at the Haven from Hunger, and taking part in many service projects throughout the year. 

Recently, Peabody Rotarians have been working with Newhall Fields to add a much needed irrigation system that can save on manpower needed. As a result, the land being cultivated has expanded greatly and the amount of food being given to our local Citizen’s Inn/Haven From Hunger has increased exponentially.

Greenway Bike path map

What’s New In Rotary this Year? 

One of the reasons we chose the Rotary Club of Peabody to highlight right now is the fact they are celebrating 100 years of service this year. To celebrate this milestone, the Rotary has committed to a multistep renovation to the segment of the Greenway Rail Trail commonly referred to as the Speedway. That several mile stretch of the rail trail is in need of signage, water filler stations for people and their pets, benches, and landscaping with flowers and mature bushes. 

To complete this project in four locations along the trail will take some creative solutions and coordination with groups like the city’s DPW, the Parks & Recreation Department, and eventually with community groups to maintain the area. During this time of COVID-19, the goal is to hire local vendors to help accomplish this project that will both improve the city but also help keep our neighbors working during the economic downturn. Although the project will take several years to complete it will be a great addition to our much used Greenway.

bikepath improvements

How You Can Get Involved? 

Would you like to take part in community service projects in Peabody and the surrounding communities? Rotarians could always use another set of hands and new ideas that promote the warm fellowship that is a hallmark of our Club. Find out more about how you can become a Rotarian and provide service in our community.