Rotary Club of Bennettsville

Our History

The Rotary Club of Bennettsville was organized May 16, 1940 and formal application was made to Rotary International for a Charter. The Rotary Club of Hartsville sponsored the organization of our Club and their members were in charge of the Charter Presentation Meeting, which was held in the dining room of Hotel Powers. District Governor Joe Sandifer of Hendersonville was the speaker of the evening.

There were sixteen charter members of the Bennettsville club. When the Club was organized, we were part of the 190th District, and over the sixty-four years we have been members in four districts, now being in the 7770th.

The Club has weathered one World War and also the Korean Conflict, some members being actively engaged in the armed forces during both of these. Other members on the home front served in positions to provide for them the factors so necessary for the successful conquest of the war at hand.

Projects carried on over the years by members of the Club have been designed to make life better for the people of our county, these touching on Boy Scouts, other boy activities, agriculture, health, crippled children, rescue squads, recreation and other civic endeavors. The annual barbecue/auction begun during the 1960s provides thousands of dollars to support worthy community endeavors.

More recently, the club has supported the school system of Marlboro County by helping build the soft-ball field at the high school. As a fund raiser, the club has sold Christmas trees during the past three years.