President's Message


Message from the President

The Rotary Club of Hyannis celebrates 90 years of extraordinary service and goodwill locally and globally this year.  Through the collective efforts of a local and diverse group of professional community men and women who give of their time and talent for the benefit of others, the Hyannis Rotary Club is 80 members strong --- and welcomes new and emerging community leaders to join the fellowship of this worldwide organization.  Our Club meets weekly for a one hour luncheon meeting in Hyannis to learn, listen, discuss, and address today’s challenges through fun and fellowship.  Our signature fundraising event is our annual Home and Garden Show that raises nearly $100,000 to help support local and global worthy projects and needs.  Our 57th Show will be held in March 2015.  

The Hyannis Rotary Club is a member of Rotary International which allows our membership to assist in programs worldwide including:  the eradication of Polio, clean water, illiteracy, disease, hunger and poverty.  Our ‘Good Works’ Funds are used to help fund projects of community benefit, student education scholarships, global water projects, and respond to local issues and concerns.  In 2014-15 over $75,000 will be donated to these worthy causes based on a grant process.  A partial list of past recipients includes but is not limited to:  Habitat for Humanity, Champ Homes, Food Pantry’s, Cape Cod Needy Fund, Red Cross, Homeless Not Helpless, Housing Assistance Corp, Alzheimer’s Association, Arts Foundation, Cape Cod Symphony, A Baby Center, Children’s Cove, Elder Services, Maritime Museum, Barnstable Schools, Cape Cod Community College, Town of Barnstable Special Projects, YMCA Cape Cod, Rotary International Projects and Rotary Youth Exchange Programs.  Since 1925 the Hyannis Rotary Club has contributed enormous time, energy, and support to make our Barnstable villages and Cape Cod a better place to live and work through the “power of volunteerism”.

Our service projects include reading to students weekly in the Hyannis West Elementary School and delivering Meals on Wheels in Hyannis two days a week.  New initiatives and service projects are a priority for building member camaraderie and community goodwill. 

I am proud to be a Rotarian and to serve as President of this incredible organization having experienced firsthand the value of committed individuals working together to make a difference through “Service Above Self”, our Rotary motto.  If this appeals to you while engaging in fun and fellowship among community leaders, I invite you to consider becoming a Rotarian.  You’ll be glad you did.

Yours in Rotary, 

Joanie Sutherland

 President 2014-2015