Service Above Self
Bedford Rotary Club is a service club, with emphasis on service. The club engages in a wide variety of humanitarian and education programs that touch the lives of many people in our community and across the globe.
Sports Scholars Awards: The Bedford Rotary Club annually honors 3 top male and female scholar athletes from the three Bedford County high schools in every sport. We present the top winner in each category with an engraved Jefferson Cup and offer an encouraging ceremony for students, coaches, and their families.
Education Scholarships: Since 1992 the Bedford Rotary Club has awarded scholarships to encourage talented and qualified Bedford County high school students to pursue higher education plans. Recently, our Club has started to award two high school students annually with full scholarships to attend the region's STEM Academy held at Central Virginia Community College.
Rotary Youth Leadership Awards: Our Club sponsored two students in 2014 and two students in 2015 to attend the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards in Blacksburg.
Little Free Libraries: Our Club has built and supplied several Little Free Libraries (LFL) throughout the Bedford area. We placed our first LFL at the Peaks of Otter Lodge where thousands camp and explore each year. We assisted the Bedford Library System and Staunton River High School with two more LFL's to be placed in strategic locations where young and old readers alike can grab a book and return it at their leisure.
World Causes: Bedford Club Members participated in two recent global projects. Traci Blido traveled to India to immunize children against the crippling disease of polio in 2015 and our Club chose to embark on a global grant through Rotary International to make an impact in a Rwandan village in 2017, assisting with peace resolution and teaching trades to local citizens to make an economic impact there.
Brookhill Farm: Bedford Rotarians have also stepped up to assist Brookhill Farm with many projects that improved the horse sanctuary grounds and the teen programs for "at risk" students. The project was featured in the February 2015 issue of The Rotarian magazine.
Highway Beautification: Rotarians remove roadside litter from a two mile stretch of highway each year.
The 4-Way Test
Rotarians are concerned with promoting the highest ethical
standards in their professional lives. Adopted in 1943, the 4-Way Test is therefore applied to all of the things we think, say, or do:
1. Is it the TRUTH?
2. Is it FAIR to all concerned?
3. Will it build GOODWILL and BETTER FRIENDSHIPS?
4. Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?