In order to celebrate their future, Humble-Intercontinental Rotary Club took a look back at their past during "A Celebration of Rotary" held Feb. 23. With only two surviving charter members of the original 22, there seemed no better time to recognize the achievements of the organization than now. The Humble-Intercontinental Rotary Club was started April 19, 1967 and has been a powerful force within the Humble area ever since. They are one of many Rotary clubs across the globe that help build goodwill and promote peace in the world. There are approximately 1.2 million Rotary club members world-wide making up 33,000 Rotary clubs in more than 200 countries; all together the foundation has awarded more than $2.3 billion in grants. The Humble-Intercontinental Rotary Club promotes service above self, which was made evident in the passionate speeches and stories delivered by the speakers of the night's event. District Governor, Sunny Sharma, noted that Rotary has been in existence for 106 years and is here to stay. With the ability to organize campaigns and mobilize movements, Rotary is a precious resource. He concluded his speech with a statement all Rotarians would agree upon, saying, "Let there be no hunger, illiteracy, preventable disease, poverty or war. Let there be peace, let there be Rotary ... " As the night progressed, the room continued to be filled by a presence of selflessness and devotion - a respect for a Rotary club that has done so much and thrived for so long. To put things into perspective, David Beasley offered insight into the window of the club’s creation stating, "This club began in 1967 when a movie was $1.25, minimum wage was $1.40 ... average income was $7,300 and gas was 33 cents a gallon. That is the window this club began in."  But although the world is much different today, the Humble-Intercontinental Rotary club has endured the changing times and is continually in pursuit of fulfilling a legacy of service and selflessness. Perhaps no better examples can be found of this legacy of service and selflessness than within two of the surviving charter members, D.B. McDonald and Wayne Robbins. The two helped start the club in 1967 and remain active members. McDonald has not missed a meeting in 44 years. McDonald and Robbins are among many faithful members who have helped make the organization great. This year alone, the Humble-Intercontinental Rotary club expects to raise approximately $10,000 to eradicate polio. They plan to host two to three exchange students this summer, they recently purchased two steers during the Humble Rodeo, they were a Gold Sponsor at the FamilyTime Gala and a sponsor at this past weekend’s HAAM Chili Cook-Off – and that's only the beginning.  Whether inspiring youth and young adults to become active service members through programs such as Rotaract and Youth Exchange, or simply honoring members of the past, Rotary is constantly attempting to make a positive change by making strides and taking action.  While it was necessary to look to the past and remember the accomplishments and legacy of the Humble-Intercontinental Rotary club, Susan Brodbeck also pointed out the importance of moving forward by stating, “To be able to take steps of action is important because the ... future of Rotary starts when we take steps." Photo: D.B. McDonald, an active and original charter member who has not missed a meeting in 44 years, poses with his granddaughter at Rotary Club of Humble-Intercontinental's "A Celebration of Rotary." Photo by Macie Harper.

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