About Us

Message from Our President

Greetings from the Springdale Rotary Club!  We are a group of more than 150 community-minded individuals who work together with one goal in mind:  "Serve to Change Lives."  Our members come from all walks of lives, professions, ages, and educational backgrounds -- whether you are a young professional, a non-profit executive, a public employee, a small business owner, or retired (or anything else), you would fit in with our group!

Springdale Rotary's two areas of focus this year are (1) Education and Literacy and (2) Combating Food Insecurity.  To these ends, we actively engage our community with projects and programs designed to address these concerns.

Education and Literacy:
  • We support our local educators by participating in the Chamber of Commerce Teachers Breakfast and providing door prizes for the teachers.
  • In September 2021, we are distributing 375 pairs of new shoes to Springdale elementary students through a partnership with Samaritan's Feet.
  • Our Literacy Project in the spring will result in the donation of three reading-level appropriate books to every single third grader in the Springdale School District.
  • We donate nearly 100 books per year to the library at a local elementary school -- our current school partner is Rollins Elementary.
  • We award one college scholarship and one workforce training scholarship to Springdale graduates every year.

Food Insecurity:
  • Springdale Rotary installed and continues to stock three free food pantries across the city.
  • In December, our members will pack 600 bags of groceries and deliver them to two of our local elementary schools to go home with students who will face food insecurity over the Christmas break.

We also have a lot of fun together as Rotarians!  We recently volunteered at the Springdale Police Department's National Night Out, and we're currently working on a city-wide scavenger hunt and getting ready for our big annual fundraiser, the Pig Trail Mud Run (a 5K obstacle race).  These opportunities to work together, serve together, and give back together are the very heart of the Springdale Rotary Club and the reason so many of our members continue their membership year after year. 

I invite you to join us for one of our weekly meetings -- most of our members gather at noon on Mondays for lunch, but we also have a group that meets at 7:30 a.m. on Thursdays for breakfast.  Our Monday meetings are at 12:00 PM at the Jones Center for Families, Room 228, 922 E. Emma Avenue in Springdale, Arkansas, 72764.  You'll find a friendly, welcoming group of business and community leaders, and I know you'll want to be a part of all the amazing things that are going on in our Club!  Feel free to call me at 479-751-5222 or email me at mfryar@nwa.law for more information about our projects or membership.

Yours in Rotary,
Matt Fryar

Matt Fryar is a partner with Crouch, Harwell, Fryar & Ferner, PLLC, a law firm in Downtown Springdale.  He has been a member of the Springdale Rotary Club for 10 years.  His wife, Cori, is a teacher with the Springdale Schools, and his daughters are both Springdale students.

Club 2449 - The Rotary Club of Springdale, Arkansas, USA

Rotary International is the world’s first service club. We are an organization of business and professional leaders united worldwide to provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and help build goodwill and peace in the world. The first club was the Rotary Club of Chicago, Illinois, USA. The club was formed February 23, 1905, by lawyer Paul Harris and three friends. The name “Rotary” was derived from the early practice of rotating meetings among the members’ offices.

The Rotary Club of Springdale, Arkansas, USA (Club 2449), is a member of Rotary International. Members have the option of attending either Monday noon or Thursday morning meetings. Our Club was chartered in 1925 and throughout its history has maintained an impressive commitment to camaraderie among its members and service to the community. The Springdale Rotary Charitable Foundation Trust, a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization created by the Club, funds many of our projects.

We would love to have you join us in Doing Good in Springdale and Around the World! Contact us by e-mail to visit a Club meeting and learn more!

Our History - Highlights From Earlier Years

Early in 1925, Cal Callison, a Rogers Rotary Club member, surveyed the Springdale area and determined that the Springdale Rotary Club would be formed. On March 27, 1925, Callison (the "Daddy" of the Springdale Club) met with 18 charter members.

Springdale was originally in International District 15. In 1937, the area was changed to 136; in 1949 to 198; and in 1957 to 611 and is now 6110. It remains the only district in the country that is composed of four states: Northwest Arkansas, Northeast Oklahoma, Southeast Kansas, and Southwest Missouri.

The Springdale Club first met in the basement of the First Presbyterian Church on Spring Street. The Club met later at the Southern Hotel on Holcomb where it stayed until 1936 when it moved back to the same building on Spring Street which in the interim had become City Hall. Meals were served by the women of the First Methodist Church. In December of 1936, the meeting place was again changed to the basement of First Methodist Church.

Left to right, back row: Boyce Vaughn, Howard Ewalt, Walter Watkins, Ralph Brooks, Wade Luckett, Jeff Brown, E.R. (Marty) Stafford, Alex Johnson, John Trice, Lowry Walker, Ulys Lovell; left to right, center row: Glenn Riggs, Rev. H.O. Bolin, Autry Wilson, Timothy Applegate, Ellis Posall, R.T. (Doc) Henry, Howard Clark, E.L. McNally, Louis Lichlyter; left to right, front row: Al Hollingsworth, Harry Hayes, Roger Sanders, Clara (Ewalt) Hough, Carl Watson, all stand in front of Springdale Methodist Church, Springdale, Arkansas, 1937.
CreditCourtesy Shiloh Museum of Ozark History / Louis Lichlyter Collection (S-95-36-1)

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