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Rotary clubs to put their motto into action
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Effingham’s Rotary Clubs will be living the group’s motto Saturday morning.

Rotarians will be taking hammers, saws and other tools in hand to put “service above self” at the Effingham Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore. They’ll be putting on the siding for the storage building behind the ReStore.

“It needs a roof, too,” said Rotarian Leland Sanders. “We’ll at least be putting on the siding and maybe the shingles on the roof.”

Members of the Sunrise and noon clubs will join with Habitat’s volunteer crew as part of Rotary’s commitment to community service.

“The basic tenet of Rotary is ‘service above self,’” Sanders said. “The real intent is to go out and serve. That’s kind of what really brought this all about.”

Saturday is also the Rotary Club’s 103rd anniversary of its founding by a handful of Chicago businessmen. Rotary International President Wilf Wilkinson has declared this year’s theme to be “World Understanding,” for club members to “get out in the community and show the good works Rotary does on a local, national and international level,” Sanders said.

Saturday also is “World Understanding Day” for Rotarians across the world.

“It’s to promote understanding between cultures and to promote education and healthy living,” Sanders said.

Rotary International was one of the leaders in helping eradicate polio. Sanders said the number of polio cases reported globally last year was 400.