Going Global: The Changing Nature of Service

For most of Logan Rotary’s history, the club looked inward for service opportunities. Jim Jarvis states that when he joined in 1963, “We were more or less a local club. We were not so much involved worldwide as an organization.”[1] The club largely worked on improving public spaces and fostering fellowship among its members. However, as technology made the world a smaller place, Logan Rotary began looking outward for service projects. In 1983, the club raised funds to provide eye care in Pune, India.[2] Logan Rotary, as mentioned earlier, also contributed a significant amount of money towards the PolioPlus project. However, in the early 2000s, international service really took off within the club.

International Service

Global Grants Explained

In addition to the passions and interests of members, a significant factor in the growth of international service stems from the global grant system implemented by the Rotary Foundation, the financial side of RI. The Foundation functions by investing donated funds from clubs around the globe, operating off the generated interest, and then awarding global grants from the donation pool. As Fred Berthrong explained for the recently approved aquaponics program:

That money [$10,000 provided by the District] is matched 100% from the Foundation, so then we have $20,000. Then the District down in Mexico contributed $1,000 and that is matched 100%. Now we are at [$22,000]. The Logan Club is putting up $3,000 and from four other clubs in our District, we have another $6,000.[6]

Through the Foundation and the global grants program, the Logan club receives $36,000 for a project by only investing $3,000. Because of the Rotary Foundation, large-scale international projects have taken on a new level of feasibility for ambitious Rotarians looking to engage in service on a global scale.

Local Projects 

The amount of sustained service stands out as one of the most substantial changes of the Logan club in the last twenty-five years. While the club has always engaged in service, most efforts were often sporadic. Once those projects were complete, Rotary backed off and moved on to the next project, as the case with the Willow Park fireplace.[8] However, both local and international service projects are now integral to the club’s identity. Projects such as Agua Prieta, Canyon Cleanup, and the annual Dictionary Project have taken on a consistency where every year, multiple times a year, the club comes together to make a positive impact on the community. Members who joined in the 1990s have observed Logan Rotary transform from a Who’s Who Club with a reputation for partying to an organization striving to make a sustainable and significant impact in their local community.

[1] Jim Jarvis interview. 
[2] “On the 75th Anniversary of Logan Rotary,” 33.
[3] Rotaract is a higher education service club sponsored by Rotary. Members of Rotaract are called Rotaractors. 
[4] Berthrong interview. Kate Nolan, “Without Borders,” Rotarian 190 no. 3 (September 2011): 31–35.
[5] Ben Jarvis, interviewed by Cody Patton and Tammy Proctor, April 4, 2018, Logan Culligan Water offices; LRCP, Box 1, Folder 14 (hereafter referred to as Ben Jarvis interview).
[6] Berthrong interview.
[7] Louise Garff Hubbard, Carl Malouf, and Jeri Malouf, “A Brief History of Garff's Wayside Garden,” Rotary Club of Utah, n.d., https://portal.clubrunner.ca/1740/stories/a-brief-history-of-garff-s-wayside-garden.
[8] Arrington, 24.