Gastonia East Rotary Club

Together, People Create Change

Together, we see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change across the globe, in our communities, and in ourselves.

Rotary joins leaders from all continents, cultures, and occupations to exchange ideas and take action for communities around the world. We bring together people of action from all continents and cultures who deliver long-term solutions to the world’s most persistent issues.

Rotary helps us become better leaders, individuals, and humanitarians.

Meeting Outside During the Pandemic
First Responders Appreciation Lunch

Community Service Projects

We are committed, above all else, to serve the community in which we live. Gastonia East Rotary members can be spotted making a difference all over town.

  • Boys & Girls Club: Serve Meals Every Quarter

  • Thanksgiving Lunch for Senior Citizens

  • “Rockin with Rotary” Downtown Summer Concert Series

  • RoboGaston Robotics Program: Financial Support & Volunteers

  • Mike Stanforth Gaston College Scholarship Fund

  • Are You Smarter Than a Gaston County 5th-Grader?

  • First Responders Appreciation Lunch: Labor Day

Club History

Gastonia East Rotary Club chartered on Sept. 12, 1970, with sponsorship by the original Gastonia club.

One of our founders was a member of the Gastonia Club, the late Bynum Carter, whose daughter later served as well. Other charter members included David Deas, Tom Efird, John Parks, Charles Stribling, and Tom Watson. David and Tom are still members to this day!

With a membership of around 100 local business leaders, Gastonia East Rotary is among the largest clubs in District 7680. In fact, we continued to grow throughout the pandemic as a place to find human connections with like-minded Rotarians serving our community.

Gastonia East Rotary 50th Anniversary
Gastonia East Rotary Lunch

As Rotarians, Gastonia East is proud to work with the other 3 clubs in our town. We participate in regular service projects with the original Gastonia (affectionately known as the Old Man’s Club), Gastonia Breakfast, and Gastonia Evening clubs.

Gastonia East meets for lunch every Monday at the Gastonia Conference Center (excluding holidays). The catered lunch is included with your membership or $14 for visitors. Each week, we feature programs from local government and community organizations making life better in Gaston County.

Club members represent a wide variety of professions and interests from the Gastonia area. We are a diverse community united by the cause of Service Above Self.