Summerland Rotary Club adds Facebook page

Rotary, the world’s first volunteer service organization has joined Facebook. The Summerland Rotary Club has joined too.

The club already has more than 125 likes on its Facebook page, with hundreds more people stopping by for regular visits from all over the world.

Public relations chair Dave Cassidy said Rotary International started encouraging the use of social media last year. It is making people of all ages more aware of the service club is currently doing in the community.

Facebook tells people what the club is doing – helping to build hospitals, medical clinics and support many worthy local projects too.

Photos are taken at each event and each meeting and are then posted to the club’s Facebook page.

The Facebook page also has updates on what other clubs around the district are doing as well as international clubs too. It has helped broaden the clubs view of how they are all working together.

Although the Summerland club has 25 members, many were reluctant to join in on Facebook initially. The page now has 125 likes, which means it can be seen by well over 46,000 people from around the world.

“I am thrilled when I get responses from folks in Australia, India, Ireland, the Philippines, Germany and Costa Rica,” Cassidy said.

The club will host a Chamber Business After Business on Sept. 17 at the Summerland Motel, which is owned and operated by club president John Lathey.

Cassidy said club members want to keep the club growing by using both the face to face method as well as social media.