The motto of Rotary is "Service Above Self" so the Rotary Club of Downtown Macon offers its members several service projects for members to give back to our community.
Adopt a Highway: The Rotary Club of Downtown Macon participates in the Adopt-A-Highway Program in order to make a significant difference in the appearance of our highways by keeping our roadways litter free. Our Rotary Club cleans the I-16 / Coliseum Drive Interchange near our meeting location at the Centreplex.
Feed 100 Families: Each Thanksgiving, the members of the Rotary Club of Downtown Macon provide a Thanksgiving meal for 100+ Macon families that otherwise might not have one. Rotarians purchase the meals and deliver them to the families in need.
Georgia Rotary Student Program: The Rotary Club of Downtown Macon and the other two Macon Rotary clubs host an international college student each year for the entire school year. The GRSP committee chair serves as a Host Family for the student and provides him/her with advice, friendship, and lodging when the dorms are closed.
Helping Hand Days: This service project formalizes work days by Rotarians on one Saturday per quarter at local agencies such as The Fuller Center or Day Break.
Heritage at Houston 5th Sunday breakfast: The Rotary Club of Downtown Macon prepares and provides a free breakfast every 5th Sunday at Heritage at Houston for the neighborhood and its homeless.
Interact Club at the Academy for Classical Education: Interact is a Rotary sponsored service club for youth ages 14 to 18 yrs. dedicated to projects for local community and international service. The name is a combination of words "international" and "action”. The Rotary Club of Downtown Macon sponsors the Interact Club at the Academy for Classical Education.
International Projects: The Rotary Club of Downtown Macon co-sponsors international service projects in conjunction with Rotary District 6920. Our current project is to provide bus clinics in Brazil.
Literacy: Through Rotary District 6920 Grants, the Rotary Club of Macon provides literacy projects for local elementary schools or nonprofits, such as creating a Reading Nook at the new Boys and Girls Club on Shurling Drive.
Pints for Prostates: Each year the Rotary Club of Downtown Macon partners with Main Street Macon to host the Macon Beer Festival, which benefits the national Pints for Prostates program.
Rotaract: Rotaract brings together adults ages 18-30 to take action in their communities, develop their leadership and professional skills, and have fun.
The Rotary Club of Downtown Macon is working to re-establish the Rotaract chapter at Mercer University.
Rotary Speech Contest: The three Rotary Clubs in Macon organize a speech contest for the high school students in Macon-Bibb. Students are recruited to write a 3-minute address on a Rotary topic, and each participant then presents his/her speech at a local speech contest. The winners advance to compete in the Rotary District 6920 Speech Contest.
Rotary Youth Leadership Association: RYLA a summer leadership program for rising juniors and seniors in high school. The Rotary Club of Downtown Macon sponsors two students to an all-expense paid 4-day summer program at South Georgia College where they can expand their perceptions, learn about themselves, discuss leadership skills, and put those skills to practice.
Streets to Success: During the school year, Rotary Club of Downtown Macon members tutor students in the Streets to Success program in south Macon. Rotarians tutor boys on Tuesday evenings and girls on Wednesday evenings.
Student of the Quarter: Two students and two teachers selected by the the students are recognized each quarter for their scholarship, character, and school involvement. One student is from Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary School and one students is from the Streets to Success program. They attend a Rotary meeting where they are applauded for their success.
Vocational Recognition and Outreach: Each quarter this service project gives a “Spirit of Rotary” award to a local business, non-profit, or governmental entity who embodies the 4-Way Test.