Rotary birthday

By Todd Cohen

RALEIGH, N.C. — The Rotary Club of Raleigh, North Carolina’s oldest civic club, will turn 90 on Aug. 1.

With more than 150 members who meet every Monday for lunch at the Civic Center, the club in June awarded $17,000 in grants to 11 nonprofits, plus three scholarships of $1,000 each to graduating Wake County high school seniors who plan to attend college in Raleigh.

Robert Barth, a telecommunications veteran who serves as the group’s president, says it also supports Communities in Schools of Wake County, Salvation Army, Raleigh Rescue Mission and a house at the Boys & Girls Home of Lake Waccamaw with donations of computers, clothes, furniture and other items.

A goal of the group is to continue to build its endowment, which now totals more than $100,000, says Zach Ashton, director of investment sales for Dilweg Companies and chairman of the club’s scholarship committee.

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