|The Rotary Club of Central
Johnston County came to life in 1988 with 26
members at our "Charter Night" banquet on April
24 (our official charter date is March 29,
Jim White – a long-time leader of the
Smithfield Rotary Club – recruited women,
minorities, persons of different faiths, and
newcomers alongside the traditional nucleus of
men from various professions to form the basis
of Central Johnston Rotary. That tradition of
seeking diversity in membership has continued
since then, even after Jim's death in 2009.
Another of Jim White's legacies is our club's
outstanding record in individual giving to the Rotary
Foundation. Bolstered by "Groups of Four"
members who pledge to give $250 annually over a
four-year period, Central Johnston Rotary
achieved status as a "100 Percent Paul Harris
Fellow Club" in 2000, and has upheld that
standard since then. Altogether, the club's
members have contributed more than $350,000 to
the Rotary Foundation since 1988.
The club's first major community-service project
was the Rotary Golf Classic, launched
under the leadership of Linwood Byrd in 1989 to
raise money for college scholarships. Another
early project that continues today was providing
volunteer "bell ringers" for the Salvation
Army's Christmas Red Kettle campaign (one of Jim
White's favorite endeavors). For a complete list
of our club's present-day service projects, follow this link.