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Are you an established professional who wants to make positive changes in your community and the world? 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.
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The Rotary Club of Samford Valley celebrated 40 years of activity in Samford Valley in October 2020.
When one looks around our community, it is likely that most residents would not know that this great community service organisation came into being over 40 years ago, courtesy of its "mother" club Mitchelton Rotary.
The list of more than 50 local and international projects and programmes that the club has either delivered or been active in establishing over this time are indeed very impressive.
The Community Kindergarten, CWA hall, Rural Fire Brigade Station, Rotary Station (John Scott Park), Rotary Undambi Reserve play and picnic infrastructure (Mt Oreilly Rd), school Earlyact and Interact clubs, bus shelter (Mt Glorious Rd, Samford Village), Showground facilities, Wights Mountain Bora Ring, Samford Community Centre, School, Camp Mountain Rail Crash site and Community Pool to name a few.
Women are active participants in Rotary, serving their communities in increasing numbers and serving in leadership positions in Rotary. The 1989 Council on Legislation vote to admit women into Rotary clubs worldwide remains a watershed moment in the history of Rotary.
 “My fellow delegates, I would like to remind you that the world of 1989 is very different to the world of 1905. I sincerely believe that Rotary has to adapt itself to a changing world,” said Frank J. Devlyn, who would go on to become RI president in 2000-01. 
The vote followed the decades-long efforts of men and women from all over the Rotary world to allow the admission of women into Rotary clubs, and several close votes at previous Council meetings.

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.”