Hamburg residents who are interested can now learn exactly what “service above self” means.

That phrase is the Rotary Club’s motto, and Hamburg is now home to a Rotary Club.

The club, which is a satellite of the Crossett Rotary Club, will have its first official meeting Tuesday.

“Basically, our first meeting is going to go over some things, some goals, how we can help the community, who we can help,” said Georgiana Cossey, who is leading the club’s formation efforts. “We are going to roundtable some things.”

Cossey said Monday she expected between 10 and 15 people to show up, including some who already wanted to join the club and some who were not 100 percent committed but wanted to learn about what it does.

Rotary International is a club for professional and business leaders who join together to do humanitarian service and advance goodwill in their communities and around the world. 

A non-political and non-religious club, Rotary is heavily invested in the effort to eradicate polio around the world.

“Rotary is something I got involved with when I was the director of the Hamburg Chamber of Commerce,” Cossey said. 

“I was invited to speak (to the club) for the Armadillo festival. It intrigued me to find out what they were all about.

“I was attending their Rotary Club, and every time I came to another meeting I learned something new about something going on in our community and our state, and I realized I wanted more people in Hamburg to have the experience I was experiencing.”

Cossey said she also hopes to start a youth club in the not-too-distant future.

“I think it would be so great for our youth to reach out and see that there are people and organizations that can be helpful, and the younger we are able to do that, I think, the better,” she added.

The club will meet at 11:30 a.m. every two weeks at the First United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall in Hamburg.

Cossey said that they will practice social distancing and masks will be required at least until participants get to their seats.

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