The Bradley Sunrise Rotary Club recently elected a new president for the year.
New president Keith Mumford spent the local civic club’s Thursday meeting sharing what its members accomplished over the past year and where he sees the club going over the next one.
He spoke of the importance of continuing the work the club has been doing — and adding to it.
“This club has had a wonderful year,” Mumford said.
He praised the efforts club members had made to organize several events and service projects and raise money for the Rotary International organization and local causes.
Those events included an annual fundraising gala that had University of South Carolina Coach Steve Spurrier as its main speaker and raised about $124,000.
Mumford also added that the club’s most recent president, Andy Anderson, had done “an outstanding job.”
While Mumford said the club has come to be known for its fundraising — having received awards for that from the district Rotary organization — he said his goal for next year will be for the club to focus more on hands-on projects to help the community.
“I want this club to be a club of service,” Mumford said.
He stressed that he really appreciated club members’ commitment to fundraising.
Events like the annual gala raise funds that the club gives away in the form of grants to fund local nonprofit organizations and projects. Past recipients have run the gamut from the local Habitat for Humanity chapter to the local Angel Flight initiative that provides free air flights to people with serious health conditions in need of transportation to hospitals.
However, he said service is “at the core of” what Rotary clubs were created to do, and it is important to give “not just money but time.”
“I want us to remember that we’re here to care for other people,” Mumford said. “Service is what I want us to be known for this year.”
Service can look like a lot of things, he added. For example, it can at times take the form of Rotarians spending time helping one of their own who was getting ready to have surgery.
He said there are people all over the community who could use some helping hands.
As far as how the organizational structure of the club will go over the next year, the new president told the Rotarians to banish the word “committee” from their vocabularies.
Instead of having committees to help plan on various aspects of what the group does, there will be “work and training groups.”
Mumford said the club has added a lot of new members over the past year, and there is a need for them to gain experience and learn about a lot of different areas of the club.
The focus will be more on the Bradley Sunrise Rotarians being involved in more than one aspect of the club, he said.
He then invited some of the “work and training group” leaders to briefly share their goals for the next year.
Those goals included things like adding different types of programs and improving the diversity of the club’s membership.
Before Mumford and the group leaders spoke, the Rotarians sang patriotic songs in honor of the Independence Day holiday because the club had taken a break from meeting on July 3.
Club member Kevin Mendel, who led the songs, said the country is “very blessed,” and it is important to remember that the country’s freedom came from those who sacrificed their lives fighting for it more than 230 years ago.
The service that led to the United States being able to enjoy its freedom, Mendel said, should still inspire people to serve today.
For more information about the club and what it does, visit www.bradleysunriserotary.com.