The Rotary Club of Thorndale-Downingtown is one of over 31,000 clubs of Rotary International, a worldwide organization with clubs in 168 countries. Drawing its membership from business and professional men and women in the local community, the Rotary Club of Thorndale-Downingtown serves others locally, nationally and globally to enhance the causes of peace and understanding among all people, without regard to gender, race, or religion, through it’s service programs.
A breakfast club, The Rotary Club of Thorndale-Downingtown meets on Friday mornings at 7:15 am at Green Street Grille in Downingtown. The Rotary Club of Thorndale-Downingtown (chartered as Rotary Club of Thorndale) was founded in 1995 by Jay Edge to service the Thorndale, Downingtown, and Coatesville Communities. Members are required to attend 60% of the meetings, and are welcome and encouraged to attend meetings at other clubs to meet the requirements.
Club members represent a variety of business and professional careers including insurance, banking, financial management, retail grocery, architecture, law enforcement, psychology, auto sales, education, accounting, real estate, marketing, YMCA, cards & gifts, township management, as well as many others. We welcome additional members who work or reside in our community.
THIS PAST YEAR’S ACTIVITIES INCLUDE:
- Delivery of Holiday gifts/food to needy
- Academic & Vocational Scholarships with Coatesville High School
- Bookbags for Caln School
- Gifted 744 Dictionaries for 3rd Graders at Caln, Downingtown & W.Bradford (4) schools
- Support the Gundaker Foundation
- Caln Day in the Park
- SIMPLY WHISKY: a dram good time (Whisky Tasting Dinner in February)*
- DARE Program
- Sponsor of 4 Students to RYLA Program
- Little League Sponsor
- Wine + Tapas Dinner (in October)*
- In memory of the children in Newtown, Conn., in order for other children to have an experience that they would not have had:
-Shad in the school program- Collegium Charter School
-Art in the school program- Caln Elementary School (Note art from the school will be installed in the Brandywine River Museum until April)
- Provided a monetary donation to Bring Hope Home
- Wagons Ho: Help move the Downingtown Library
- Provided a monetary donation to David’s Drive 831
- Food Fight- challenged the Coatesville Rotary Club to collect food for the Chester County Food Bank during the month of February
And on an International level:
- Support of The Rotary Foundation
- Provided Aid to South Africa through the Mosaic organization
- Water and Sanitation project- Jaibalito, Guatemala to provide sanitary facilities and clean water
- Polio-Plus Program – provide support to the Rotary Foundation to eliminate polio from the world- only three countries that now have polio; in the entire world- they are Nigeria, Afghanistan, and Pakistan
- Riders of Hope- provide funds to install a well and pump for the therapeutic riding program called hippotherapy, the facility is located in Sarajevo, Bosnia- provides service to youths with disabilities
* Fundraising Events
Our activities as Rotarians are guided by the principles of the Four Way Test:
FIRST – Is it the Truth?
SECOND – Is it fair to all Concerned?
THIRD – Does it promote good will and better friendships?
FOURTH – Will it be beneficial to all concerned?