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Wakefield Rotary Club celebrates 10 years of service

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WAKE FOREST — The Wakefield Rotary Club of Wake Forest will celebrate its 10th year as a local service organization with a reception at Heritage Club on Thursday.

In September 2009, the Wakefield Rotary Club was chartered by Rotary International with a mission of community service and a motto of “Service Above Self.”

The club is celebrating its 10th anniversary with a social on Thursday 5-7 p.m. at Heritage Golf Club, 1250 Heritage Club Ave., Wake Forest. The anniversary event will feature appetizers and a cash bar.

Anyone who would like to attend is asked to RSVP by today to or call 919-827-1689.

“We’re celebrating a decade of service in our community and there’s no better way to honor our 10 years as a club than getting together with our members and friends,” said Jerry Kephart, president of Wakefield Rotary Club.

Wakefield Rotary is an organization of business professionals, neighbors, friends and community leaders who join together to create positive change in Wake Forest and around the world.

Making an impact on the lives of local youth is the focus of the club. Over the last decade, service projects have included Breakfast with Santa and holiday gift shopping for the Wake Forest Boys & Girls Club; reading with at-risk elementary school students to help improve their end-of-grade tests; meal packaging with Rise Against Hunger; a humanitarian trip to Cuba to update a school’s electrical grid; and a new Super Duper Duck Splash fundraiser that raised $15,000 for local youth initiatives.

Some of the charter members who are still in the club today include George Aux, Steve Arrington, Carl Hobson and Matt Archer. Louis Mullinger, a Wake Forest Rotary Club member at the time, helped set up the new club, transferred to it and is still a member today.

The Wakefield Rotary Club meets at Heritage Club in Wake Forest every Thursday (except the second Thursdays of the month) for its breakfast meetings. Learn more at