Jay Van Deusen, owner of Van Deusen Construction Company and Rainbow International of Northeast
Van Deusen's annual goals for the Bel Air Rotary Club this year are focused on fundraising. He and the board will provide scholarships to deserving students in
Van Deusen says, "I am in construction and am affected by the changes in our economy. But there are those who are certainly much more affected by the downturn. They need a house to live in, food to eat and the chance to learn new skills to help them thrive. This is not a handout, this is opportunity to stabilize and grow. Programs such as Harford Family House provide that opportunity. At Bel Air Rotary, we will continue to focus on increasing fundraising activity while most organizations are forecasting declines. I consider it a privilege to serve in this capacity and look forward to improving the quality of life of those families who need it most in Harford County."
Rotary is an organization of business and professional leaders who provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and help build goodwill and peace in the world. In more than 160 countries worldwide, approximately 1.2 million Rotarians belong to more than 30,000 Rotary clubs.
"One of the things I find most amazing about
Rotary club membership represents a cross-section of the community's business and professional men and women. The world's Rotary clubs meet weekly and are nonpolitical, nonreligious, and open to all cultures, races, and creeds.
The main objective of Rotary is service — in the community, in the workplace, and throughout the world. Rotarians develop community service projects that address many of today's most critical issues, such as children at risk, poverty and hunger, the environment, illiteracy and violence. Rotary clubs also support programs for youth, educational opportunities and international exchanges for students, teachers, and other professionals, and vocational and career development. The Rotary motto is Service Above Self.
Locally, the Bel Air Club was founded in 1928 by business leaders in the community. There are 50 business leaders in Harford County who represent their businesses and their commitment to the greater Bel Air Community. Those interested can visit the clubs website at http://www.belairrotaryclub.org/.
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