Why do we do this? The Rockport Rotary Scholarship Foundation was started in 1992 by Rockport Rotarian Charles Evans and his friend Jack Daniels. At that time, Awardees numbered one or two graduates each year until in 2006. That is when Rotary began hosting our tasting event called the Taste of Rockport and that is when things really took off. Sometimes there are 25 students on the stage when scholarships are given out. Since 2006 until 2019, it is estimated over $298,000 in scholarships have been awarded. Each year, some are awarded to 1st year graduates, some to 2nd year students in college and so on. We have even supported students pursuing Masters such as Engineering and Doctorate studies so long as students maintain a 3.00 grade average and carry a full schedule of studies. WE ARE MAKING A DIFFERENCE!
Funding these scholarships alone would be a daunting, impossible task. Since 2006, when Taste of Rockport became our flagship fundraiser, the “Taste” has provided the money we use to help Aransas County graduating seniors navigate the hurdles of post high school career training. But we need your help!
You and your generosity are the KEY to making this happen. Come join our Volunteers, Board Members and Friends who are working diligently to make the funding of projected 2020 Scholarships Happen! Come join us – Together we can make it happen!
“Whatever Rotary may mean to us, to the world it will be known by the results it achieves.”Paul Harris
Our 1.2 million-member organization started with the vision of one man – Paul P. Harris. The Chicago attorney formed one of the world’s first service organizations, the Rotary Club of Chicago, on February 23, 1905 as a place where professionals with diverse backgrounds could exchange ideas and form meaningful, lifelong friendships. Rotary’s name came from the group’s early practice of rotating meetings among the offices of each member.
As Rotary grew, members pooled their resources and used their talents to serve their communities. The organization’s dedication to this ideal is best expressed in its motto: Service Above Self.
Rotary is indeed the preeminent service club of our time.
After World War II and in honor of Rotary’s deceased founder Paul Harris, many new clubs were formed. Rockport was one of those clubs. In 1948 Gene Albin solicited a group of notable Rockport citizens and with the help of the Rotary Club of Refugio, Texas chartered the Rotary Club of Rockport, Texas.
Twenty-three members made up the first founder’s club meeting and the club has boasted as many as 86 members in past years. Today we number thirty members and are looking for an additional few good men and women.
Find out more about what we do at our website at www.RockportRotary.com.
For many years now our Rotary Club has fostered the idea of Service Above Self in the Rockport community. Rockport Rotarians recite the Rotary Four Way Test at every meeting and practice it in our business lives.
The Four-Way Test
Of the things we think, say or do
- Is it the TRUTH?
- Is it FAIR to all concerned?
- Will it build GOODWILL and BETTER FRIENDSHIPS?
- Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?
We also add a fifth question – Is it FUN?