Members of the Anthony Wayne Rotary Club are engaged in a unique program to encourage club service throughout this year. Led by Barrie Peterson, a high school and college distance running coach and president of the local club, Anthony Wayne Rotarians earn “miles” toward their marathon goal of 26.2 miles by attending regular meetings and special events, as well as performing other acts of “service above self,” the motto of Rotary.

“When I assumed the presidency in July, I wanted a way to further encourage our already active members to serve our community, our world, and our club,” stated President Barrie. “I thought it would be fun to ‘run a marathon’ together as we accumulated miles for service performed. The club members have done an excellent job striving toward their personal marathon goals.”

Mileage amounts are pre-determined for the various qualifying events, and members upload their activities as they increase their mileage toward the goal of completing their personal marathon. In fact, at a recent meeting, two Anthony Wayne Rotary members became the first of over 100 members in the club to reach the traditional marathon distance of just over 26 miles. They were honored at the weekly meeting with plaques from President Barrie.

The Anthony Wayne Rotary Club of Fort Wayne is one of more than 33,000 Rotary clubs worldwide with more than 1.2 million members. Anthony Wayne Rotary meets weekly at noon on Wednesdays at Don Hall’s Guesthouse for community-oriented presentations, fellowship and networking. In addition, members perform a variety of local service projects. For further information on membership contact Barrie Peterson, president of Anthony Wayne Rotary Club at 260.452.7353 or email

Rotary International was the world’s first service club organization, formed in February of 1905 in Chicago. As the organization marks its 105th anniversary, Rotary club members today volunteer locally, regionally, and internationally to combat hunger, improve health and sanitation, provide education and job training, promote peace, and eradicate polio under the motto “Service Above Self.”

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