Pathways to Service - Our Projects and Committees

For years, Rotary’s commitment to Service Above Self has been channeled through the Avenues of Service, which form the foundation of club activity.  Major ongoing activities and projects of the club include the following: 

  • Don't Meth With Us.  A joint project with the Rio Grande Club modeled on a program begun by the San Juan Rotary Club of Farmington, NM, this project annually presents information about the health and societal dangers of methamphetamine abuse to sixth graders in all Las Cruces Public Schools middle schools.  
  • NMSU International Student Picnic.  Held in the fall of each year, the picnic welcomes new and returning international students and their families to Las Cruces and New Mexico State University. All three local Rotary clubs join the NMSU Rotaract Club and the university's International and Border Programs office in putting on the event.  
  • School Project/Interact.  Our club facilitates partnerships with churches and other community organizations in support of at-risk schools.  The partnership implements existing tools and methods, such as the Rotary Interact Club program and the Lions' Crane Reading Program, to encourage school pride, community service, and academic success.
  • Students of the Month.  Each month during the school year, the club invites high school seniors selected with the assistance of school guidance counselors to attend a month of our meetings. This serves to honor each student and expose them to our activities. At the end of the month, each student is asked to make a short presentation about themselves and their aspirations after high school. Annually, the club selects the best of these from each school for a scholarship award. 
  • Taste of Las Cruces.  Begun by the Rotary Club of Las Cruces in 2004, Taste of Las Cruces offers attendees a chance to sample the wares of a number of local restauranteurs in one location, while raising significant funds for local hunger causes.  All three local Rotary clubs participate in putting on this event.  

The board and committee structure of the Rotary Club of Las Cruces, based on Rotary's Club Leadership Plan, includes seven primary areas of focus, each lead by a club director.  Club Service has two directors, one focused on club meetings, another on club operations.