Welcome to Kittery Rotary After-Hours!
"SERVICE ABOVE SELF"
 
Around the world and around the corner, the 1.2 million men and women of Rotary
get involved in their communities, connect with other professionals,
share their time and experience with young people, support global causes, and use their skills to help others. 
 
Our club members are dedicated people who share a passion for community service and friendship. 
Becoming a Rotarian connects you with a diverse group who share your drive to give back.
 
Whether you're a veteran volunteer or new to community service, please join fellow Rotarians at
Kittery “After Hours” for fellowship and fun as we work together to serve our community and the world.
 
We meet on the 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month, 5 pm at Hampton Inn & Suites Kittery.  Please join us!
 
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Our IRS approved 501(c)(3) charity, Kittery Rotary Cares, Inc., operates exclusively for charitable, scientific and educational purposes, endeavoring to carry on active, impactful and realistic programs that support local, national and international programs under the general heading of world understanding, goodwill and peace, and more specifically related to improving health, relieving food insecurity, supporting literacy and education, and alleviating poverty.  
 
Our major charitable project is the Kittery Reads literacy program.  Please visit our Kittery Reads page for details and updates.
 
If you would consider making a charitable donation, please contact us.
 
Another way to contribute to our charity is by ordering through the Amazon Smile website. 
From eligible purchases, we receive a donation from Amazon Smile of 0.5% of the purchase price.
      (Note, however, that Amazon is planning to end this program by February 20, 2023.)
Here's the link for Amazon Smile:
 
                           https://smile.amazon.com/ch/86-1600769
 
 

An estimated 500 million people worldwide became infected. Many cities closed theaters and cinemas, and placed restrictions on public gatherings. Rotary clubs adjusted their activities while also helping the sick.

This is how Rotary responded to the influenza pandemic that began in 1918 and came in three waves, lasting more than a year.

The Rotary Club of Berkeley, California, USA, meets in John Hinkel Park during the 1918 flu pandemic.

Photo by Edwin J. McCullagh, 1931-32 club president. Courtesy of the Rotary Club of Berkeley.

Rotary and the United Nations have a shared history of working toward peace and addressing humanitarian issues around the world.

During World War II, Rotary informed and educated members about the formation of the United Nations and the importance of planning for peace. Materials such as the booklet “From Here On!” and articles in The Rotarian helped members understand the UN before it was formally established and follow its work after its charter. 

Many countries were fighting the war when the term “United Nations” was first used officially in the 1942 “Declaration by United Nations.” The 26 nations that signed it pledged to uphold the ideals expressed by the United States and the United Kingdom the previous year of the common principles “on which they based their hopes for a better future for the world.” 

 

Every hero has an origin story. “I was 10 years old when the entire journey started,” explains Binish Desai. It began with a cartoon called Captain Planet, an animated TV series from the 1990s about an environmentalist with superpowers. Desai can still recite the show’s refrain: Captain Planet, he’s our hero / Gonna take pollution down to zero! “That tagline stuck in my mind,” he says. “I wanted to do something to help Captain Planet.”

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