MT. PLEASANT — For Cal Litwiller, being a Rotarian is more than just participating in a service club — it’s about being part of a community of people who want to make a difference.
“Rotary has given me an avenue of connecting with a different group of people and expanding my horizons,” he said. “I was a farm boy — farmers help each other. Being willing to reach out and help people is something I grew up with.”
Litwiller recently stepped into the role as Mt. Pleasant Evening Rotary’s 2020-2021 president, a chapter of the international nonprofit dedicated to tackling global issues, and has big plans for his year at the helm. This will be his second run as the chapter president; he previously served in the leadership role for the first time in 1993.
As a Rotarian, Litwiller is not only focused on making an impact locally but also making international connections. Most recently, he helped initiate a project that funded the production of more than 80 ventilators for an area in need in India. In years past, the Rotarian has visited international clubs in Africa and Southeast Asia, opportunities Litwiller feels has enriched his life and perspective of the world.
“When you see the impact on the people — when you’re at the dedication of a water well and people are in tears because they are so thankful and grateful, that’s impactful and you realize the benefit of being involved,” he said.
Members of the chapter are also looking forward to the experience Litwiller will bring to the table.
JD Klopfenstein said he’s “excited for Cal to be the next president.”
“He has had extensive opportunities within Rotary on a local and global scale and can really bring that experience back to the club,” Klopfenstein added.
Outgoing president, Don LeBlanc, expressed excitement about Litwiller’s new role.
At the club’s meeting on Tuesday evening when Litwiller was officially inducted, LeBlanc said he knows the club will “be in good hands.”
As chapter president, Litwiller hopes to use his spirit and desire for making a difference as a leading force.
“We want the Mt. Pleasant Evening Rotary to make an impact where we can,” he said.
This has included setting up local service projects for the group. In addition to being a positive presence in the town, Litwiller is focused on serving his members and creating a sense of community.
“Rotarians are very inclusive. They join because they want to be involved, so finding activities they like and matching them with activities they’re interested in is important,” he said.
Litwiller is looking forward to the chapter’s centennial celebration. On March 1, 2021, the Mt. Pleasant Evening Rotary will have been in existence for 100 years. The new president is already looking into inviting guest speakers and putting together a special program for the events.
“It’s going to be a big thing. We’re looking to have a celebration where we’ll invite people from the surrounding area. I’m hoping several former district governors will be able to make it,” Litwiller added.
With the celebration and continued presence in the community, the chapter president is eager to continue to represent Rotary Club to the best of his abilities.
“It’s an honor and a privilege to be able to serve and be involved,” he said.