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Central Lakes Rotary Club was chartered in 1992, and we are proud to provide both financial and hands-on support to many community and international projects.  

Our Satellite Club was chartered in 2010 and meets the day following the host club meeting.  Members of the satellite meeting review what happened at the previous day's host meeting.  The satellite club is not an independent club; it is a part of the host club with the same officers and projects.  The satellite club may serve as a committee to start or participate in a project.  The satellite meeting is a convenient way for members to make up a missed host club meeting.

Throughout the years, Central Lakes Rotary has donated to Kinship Partners, Grace House, Interfaith Caregivers, Ski Gull Scholarship Program, 3 Area Food Shelves, Salvation Army, Junior Achievement, Alex and Brandon House, H.A.R.T. Animal Rescue, Mounted Eagles and holiday gift baskets to local families.  One recent Community Service Project was the purchase and installation of playground equipment in the Pine River Dam Park. Our International Projects have included partnering with other clubs for construction of clean water wells in third-world countries, construction of schools, a Korean ambulance project, Cows for Cambodia and Shelter Boxes. 

Each year, Central Lakes Rotary provides dictionaries to 3rd grade students in Pequot Lakes, Pine River-Backus, Crosslake and Nisswa Elementary Schools, and our largest literacy effort was the completion of an Early Childhood Literacy Project in cooperation with St. Joseph's Medical Center in Brainerd, MN.  More than 700 gift packages were presented to parents of newborns, containing a book, blanket and literature showing the importance of beginning to read to babies right away.  The Central Lakes Club started the STRIVE (Students Taking Renewed Interest in the Value of Education) program in conjunction with Pine River-Backus High School and will be implementing the Pequot Lakes STRIVE progrgam in 2016.

Rotary International is the world's first service club organization, with more than 1.2 million members in over 35,000 clubs in over 200 countries worldwide. Rotary club members are volunteers who work locally, regionally, and internationally to combat hunger, improve health and sanitation, provide education and job training, promote peace, and eradicate polio under the motto Service Above Self.