For more than 110 years, Rotary members have been addressing challenges around the world.

Paul Harris, an attorney in Chicago, founded Rotary on February 23, 1905, to bring together professionals with diverse backgrounds so they could exchange ideas, form meaningful lifelong friendships and give back to their communities. Paul Harris is quoted as saying, “Whatever Rotary may mean to us, to the world it will be known by the results it achieves. Rotary members are as committed to service as much today as they were in the past, and they are known by the results they achieve; just as Mr. Harris predicted. Rotary is dedicated to six areas of focus to build international relationships, improve lives, and create a better world. It is this commitment to making the world better and improving lives that makes the Adopt-a-Road program a perfect fit for the Woodstown Rotary.

In July of 1994, when the Adopt-a-Road program was brand new, Woodstown Rotary adopted Marlton Road in Woodstown/Pilesgrove, and they have been faithfully keeping it litter-free ever since. Woodstown Rotary was the second group to adopt a road and they are Salem County’s longest continuing Adopt-a-Road group at 25 years!

The Adopt-a-Road Program is a project funded by the Clean Communities Grant and it supports the on-going effort to beautify Salem County while at the same time controlling litter on its 354 miles of roadways. Groups adopt a one mile stretch of road and complete a litter pick up at least four times a year. All equipment necessary for the cleanup is provided free of charge to the group or family adopting the road. Signs advising that the road is adopted are also provided free of charge.

Thank you, Woodstown Rotary, for your long-standing dedication to our county.

There are many other roads in Salem County awaiting adoption. It’s a simple thing. All you have to do is pick a road from our list and then complete an application. For more information and an application, please contact Florence Beckett at 856-935-7900 x 16 or at fbeckett@scianj.org.