The Rotary Club is fresh off of their State of the Union style address form last week’s meeting. In that meeting, they discussed the statistics of the club and all of the things that they can continue to do in order to best serve the community. They mainly discussed their service projects throughout the year and all of the various things that they are involved with. This year, each event will have a project leader tasked with keeping the event running smoothly and recruiting other to help with the program. The Rotary Club has now revealed a list of all the service projects that will host throughout the fiscal year.
In September, the Rotarians will take part in a back to school food pantry. In September the group will shift their focus towards the Walk to End Alzheimer’s. They really begin to pick up speed with three projects for the month, the World Polio Day Chili Cook Off, Coats/Blankets with Harmony House, and a Gold Tournament Raffle. November will be the month that the group focuses on the Walter Y. Murphy award and December will round out with several events including the Christmas Parade, Red Kettle Campaign, Soup Santa, Buddy Bench, and Project North Pole where the group collects gifts.
The New Year will begin with a CART program in January. In February, there will be another CART program, an interact fund raiser at Applebee’s, the Star Student program, and RYLA. March’s main point of focus will be district training in Columbus before moving into the gold tournament and the district conference (in Destin), during April. The group will take a break in May before moving on to Rotary International Convention in Toronto and the Annual Banquet in June of 2018.
There are a few other projects scheduled throughout the year that as of yet do not have a date or time matched with them. These projects include the Literacy Project for Pre-K readers, the Rotary Bus volunteers, the Tree Project (where each member must plant a tree), the RI Website, and more work with the Buddy Bench. The group also just received a grant in the amount of $6,000 to refurbish a an old school bus into a mobile library. The bus will have a jungle theme and travel the streets here in LaGrange bringing books to all those who want to continue their passions in reading.
It will be a full and busy year for the Rotary Club here in LaGrange and Troup County. There are so many projects coming up in the near future and so many volunteers willing to put their time towards a good cause. It is in these service projects and in helping other that need help that we truly begin to lift each other to new heights. Make a plan to get involved. The Rotarians meet every week at the Highland Country Club on Wednesdays at 12. There has never been a better time to get involved and start making a difference.