Here are ways the Lebanon Rotary Club serves our community.
Lebanon Country Music Festival
The Lebanon Country Music Festival is a Saturday full of fun for all ages. From live musical entertainment, food and dessert vendors that line the streets, to plenty of kids activities including the “Kidz Zone” and a petting “Zoo”. And of course a country music festival would not be complete without a beer garden and a very popular headliner band to close the evening.
This event would not be possible without our gracious sponsors and our volunteers from the Lebanon Rotary Club and Main Street Lebanon.
Service Above Self Scholarship
A core mission of the Lebanon Rotary Club is to provide scholarships to graduating seniors who plan to further their education by attending a post-secondary school. The club’s focus will be on Lebanon students who attend either Lebanon High School or the Warren County Career Center and who have achieved excellence, both in academics and service to their community. Each year we announce available funding to be used towards post-secondary education. Our club has awarded thousands of dollars to these deserving students. If interested, applications are available each spring.
Rotary Youth Leadership Awards
Each spring, we partner with our Lebanon City Schools to select one or more high school sophomores and juniors to attend a leadership development program. While attending this 48 hour camp, they will be physically challenged, engage in critical thinking exercises, and hear from motivational speakers. This is 100% paid for by your Lebanon Rotary Club and focuses on our mission of Service Above Self by developing the youth of today into the leaders of tomorrow.
International Youth Exchange
The Lebanon Rotary Club is one of 12 clubs out of 47 in the District which actively participates in the Rotary Youth Exchange Program. This incredible experience facilitates 15-19 year old high school students in international travel and living where they will be embedded in the culture for an entire school year. This extreme commitment from both the student and their family, the host family, and the club is incredible, but the experience far exceeds, in many cases, what a traditional student receives here at home. The pandemic has all but halted this program for the 2020/2021 school year, but we expect to be fully operational by 2021/2022.
4-Way Speech Contest
“Is it the truth? Is it fair to all concerned? Will it build good will and better friendships? Will it be beneficial to all concerned?”
Each winter students from Lebanon High School and the Warren County Career Center compete in a speech contest based on the Rotary 4-Way Test. The students are free to pick a topic based on community or service and then, within a six minute speech, apply the above principles as a simple checklist to argue how we can utilize the topic to impact positively the lives of those around us.
First, second, and third place prizes are awarded on a points basis of multiple member judges with the winner sent to the District competition at Wright State University later in March.