Essay Contest – 2020

This contest is designed to introduce students to our Rotary principles of personal ethics and service by asking them to select one of three topics for an essay. It is also intended to encourage young people to better articulate their thoughts in writing. In nearly every profession they may consider in their future, the ability to express their thoughts and ideas clearly, concisely, and persuasively is an important skill. In addition, the 4-Way Test Essay Contest is meant to more directly involve Rotary clubs in our District with the youth in their local community.  Click here for more information.

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Rotary members unite at home and across the globe to put our experience and knowledge to work tackling our most pressing challenges. We focus our efforts in six areas: promoting peace, preventing diseases, providing access to clean water and sanitation, enhancing maternal and child health, improving basic education and literacy, and helping communities develop.

We are especially dedicated to . Rotary members have persevered in this fight since 1979 and have now helped eradicate polio in all but three countries worldwide.

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When you give to Rotary, you support the work we do in your community and around the world. We are a that uses nearly 90% of our funding for program expenses.

“There is nothing more satisfying than when fresh water comes out of the well and the children shout, ‘Hey, water! Water!'” says Anyekase, who works for Water in Africa, a nongovernmental organization (NGO).”

We use our knowledge of local issues to identify areas of need, then apply our expertise and diverse perspectives to the problem. New Bern Rotary members are at work in your community right now. Wouldn’t you feel great working shoulder to shoulder with them as well?

In 1927, The Rotary Foundation was established to do the good work of Rotary. Almost two billion dollars have been raised for local and worldwide projects ranging from digging a well in a small city in Mexico to taking on the huge task of eradicating Polio in the world.

The Annual Programs Fund finances the world’s largest private scholarship program; pays for hundreds of vocational exchange teams who spend one month in another country (called Group Study Exchange), and offers grants for thousands of humanitarian projects throughout the world. The Permanent Fund comes from bequests from member’s estates and is used for long range project funding. Members contributing $1,000 to The Rotary Foundation’s are recognized as Paul Harris Fellows.


Our New Bern Club has raised and contributed over $400,000 for community projects.

Interact Club

Our New Bern High School Interact Club is the second largest in the district and the largest extra-curricular club at the high school. A “sister club” was established in Crosby, England several years ago. Each year, we participate in a “friendship exchange” and Interact exchange with Crosby Rotarians. Our membership has regularly sponsored team members for thirty day vocational study exchanges to foreign countries.

Youth Leadership Conference

Every Spring, over 80 high school juniors from our District participate in a Youth Leadership Conference (RYLA) at the 4-H Center on the Albemarle Sound.  All training and counseling is done by Rotary volunteers. We’re proud of what we do as Rotarians and wear the Rotary pin, a symbol known the world over for promoting peace and goodwill through understanding.


The New Bern Rotary Club offers significant money to promote excellence in education among area high schools. A 501(C)3 Scholarship Foundation was formed that annually funds five scholarships.


Each year our Club sells MUMFEST banners to raise money for Swiss Bear. These banners are printed on heavy, durable, reinforced vinyl with the name of the sponsor. These hang from city light poles for weeks prior to MUMFEST and returned to each sponsor after Thanksgiving.

Backpack Blessings

Backpack Blessings, Inc., is one of the many nonprofits and charities we support.  Backpack Blessings is a non-profit organization formed for the sole purpose of feeding hungry children! The goal of Backpack Blessings is to provide a comprehensive program of  identifying kids in need, purchasing food items, packing weekend food bags, and distributing those items to kids in need through elementary schools.