Each year since 1991, The Governor’s Art Show has featured a juried collection of outstanding works by Colorado artists at The Loveland Museum/Gallery in Downtown Loveland, Colorado. The show is a fundraiser for the Loveland and Thompson Valley Rotary Clubs.
The 2016 show will be open to the public April 24 – May 29.
Rotary International (RI) is a service organization formed in February 1905 by Paul P. Harris, a Chicago attorney. The original intent was for professionals from diverse backgrounds to meet weekly and exchange ideas, form lifelong friendships and provide service to the local community. The name “Rotary” comes from practice by the original group to rotate meetings among the offices of each member. The 4-Way Test summarizes what RI stands for. “Of the things we think say or do….
- Is it the truth?
- Is it fair to all concerned?
- Will it build goodwill and better friendships?
- Will it be beneficial to all concerned?”
Over the years, the Rotary concept and values caught fire. Today RI has more than 1.2 million members in over 32,000 clubs in 200 countries. The clubs are divided into 529 districts and the districts into 34 zones worldwide. Rotary is a non-partisan, non-sectarian organization open to business and professional leaders aged 18 and upwards. Anyone can contact a Rotary club regarding membership but can join a Rotary club only if invited. The goal of each club is to promote service in the local community they work in as well as to the wider world. For example, both the Loveland and Thompson Valley Rotary clubs have their own fundraisers and their own community service projects. On a much larger scale, RI undertook a global project in 1980 called PolioPlus with the intention of eradicating polio worldwide. In 2008 RI received a $100 million challenge grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. In January 2009 Bill gates announced a second challenge grant of $255 million. In total RI has raised over $200 million for this effort. Due to the PolioPlus campaign, polio is now only a problem in a handful of countries worldwide.
If you are interested in joining a local Rotary club, please contact the Loveland Rotary Club, the Thompson Valley Rotary Club or a Rotary Club in your own local community.