“There’s so much going on here, if you get involved,” says Caswell County resident and successful businesswoman, Barbara Seamster, while sitting in her office at Kare Pharmacy & Compounding in Danville. The Director of Marketing & Communications adds, “You will succeed if you put your heart into the community.”

Since 1980, Barbara and Mike Seamster have lived on the family farm in North Carolina and their son, Daniel, was the fifth generation to reside there. Barbara, however, has always worked in Danville. Wanting to take an active role in the city’s life is one reason she joined Danville Riverview Rotary nine years ago and why she is on the boards of the River District Association and Goodwill and a member of RASAP—the Regional Alliance for Substance Abuse Prevention. Barbara believes putting heart and soul into the community means “bettering where you are” and a way to follow Rotary’s motto of putting service above self. “I like the camaraderie and friendship of people with diverse backgrounds. It’s really unique to bring together so many people from many walks of life,” she says. Despite the differences, club members focus on what they have in common. “We’re all like-minded as far as civic duty, giving back, helping the community, and coming up with service projects. It’s not about our businesses or our industries, it’s about what can we do to benefit others and engage the community.”

With that in mind, Barbara agreed to co-chair the annual Riverview Rotary Polio Plus Valentine’s Dance with Rotarian Janet Hamilton. For six years, they have been the organizers of this event to benefit polio eradication worldwide and they try to make each year better than the last. Since 1988, Rotary has been involved in immunizing 2.5 billion children against polio in 122 countries. Although polio is only endemic in three countries today, the efforts to totally eradicate it are still ongoing. “I’m always challenging myself to raise a little more money, find more sponsors” she says with a smile and then adds almost without thinking, “It’s about service above self.” Mark your calendar and plan to join her for a pre-Valentine celebration. It’s the least you can do considering she’s put her heart into making it the best ever.

Riverview Rotary Polio Plus Valentine’s Dance will be held from 8:00 p.m. until midnight on Saturday, February 10, at the Stratford Courtyard Conference Center, 149 Piney Forest Road. Single tickets are $25; tables for eight are $225 and are available at Rippe’s, Ben David’s or any Riverview Rotarian. Tickets include heavy hors d’oeuvres, a cash bar, live music by the band, 6th N Main, and dancing. For more information, call 434.713.9996 or visit www.riverviewrotary.net

Riverview Rotary was formed on December 1, 1988. To become a member of Riverview Rotary, contact a current member. Meetings are held every Thursday morning at 7:30 a.m. Some of their community projects include Riverview Rotary Danville Christmas parade, River Ride, and Ducks on the Dan. They also give dictionaries to elementary school children, help with supplies for God’s Storehouse and care packages for troops.

Rotary is an international organization, with 33,000 clubs and 1.2 million members worldwide. The organization’s goals include promoting peace, providing clean water, supporting education, and fighting diseases. Danville has three Rotary Clubs: Danville Riverview Rotary. Rotary Club of Danville, and Danville After Hours Rotary. All can be found at facebook.com.

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