The Rockingham Rotary Club met Monday for the second time in two weeks, to give out the remainder of the funds that Rotarians worked so hard to raise.
Part of the mission of the Rotary Club is to raise funds to give back to various causes in the community. This year, the club received $167,564 worth of requests.
“We raised $57,900 to give out this year,” said President Elect Rick Bacon.
Part of the funds were given out last week, and part were given out this week.
Representatives from the remaining organizations receiving donations gathered at FirstHealth Richmond Memorial to accept the checks.
John Massey accepted a check on behalf of the City of Rockingham.
“We’ll use these funds to help with the upkeep of the Rotary Lodge at Hinson Lake,” said Massey. “Offsetting those costs helps keep the lodge rental fees affordable for the community.”
Rockingham Mayor Gene McLaurin accepted a check on behalf of the Bronco League.
“For many years, the Rotarians have sponsored a baseball team with this donation,” said McLaurin.
John Jackson accepted a check on behalf of FirstHealth Richmond Foundation.
“This donation will help offset the cost of our wellness screening, which brings free and low-cost screenings to the public,” said Jackson.
Brandi Covington accepted a check on behalf of the Richmond County Partnership for Children.
“These funds will be used to help child care providers obtain education,” said Covington.
J.C. Watkins accepted a check on behalf of the Leak Street Alumni.
“We’re excited to be opening our summer program soon,” said Watkins. “We’re serving a little more than a hundred children, and will provide them with two meals per day. We hope to announce soon that we’ll be able to double what we’re doing now.”
Dale McInnis and Olivia Webb accepted a check on behalf of the Richmond Community College Foundation.
“We plan to renovate the Forte Building on the RCC campus and hope to have it ready by fall of 2013,” said RCC President Dale McInnis. “It will house programs like welding, machinists and engineering.”
Valerie Davis accepted a check on behalf of the Humane Society of Richmond County.
“This will go toward our spay/neuter program, which is the only way to get a handle on the pet overpopulation problem,” said Davis. “This is our tenth year in our building, despite the fact that many people told us it couldn’t be done. Rotary has continued to be one of our community supporters over the years.”
Jim Chavis accepted a check on behalf of the Rankin Museum.
“The funds will go toward the fossil and gem digs we host every year for children,” said Chavis. “It’s something that encourages kids to come to the museum, and they get to dig for treasures and go home with something in their pockets to remember us by.”
Laura Grier accepted a check on behalf of Richmond County 4-H.
“We’ll use these funds to help send youth to camp,” said Grier. “We’ll also use this to send older youth to a leadership opportunity at 4-H Congress in Raleigh.”
Sue Stevenson accepted a check on behalf of the Presbyterian New Shoes Project.
“Since 1987 we’ve been donating new shoes to children in kindergarten through fifth grades at Christmas time,” said Stevenson. “We typically donate 400 to 800 pairs of shoes a year.”
Laura Daskal accepted a check on behalf of the Richmond County Arts Council.
“This money will help fund the kids craft camp this year,” said Daskal. “We’ll be making dragonflies that can balance on any surface and learning about geometry, Asian culture and dragonflies while we do it.”
Judy McIntyre accepted a check on behalf of the Friends of the Leath Library.
“This will be used for the summer reading program in the Richmond County libraries,” said McIntyre.
Chuck Cobb accepted a check on behalf of the Literacy Council.
Robert Steele accepted a check on behalf of the Rockingham American Legion.
“These funds will be used for the scholarship foundation,” said Steele.
Trey Goodwin accepted a check on behalf of the East Rockingham Fire Department.
“These funds will go toward the life safety standard,” said Goodwin.
Scott Waters accepted a check on behalf of the Richmond County Rescue Squad.
“These funds will go toward building repairs,” said Waters.
The Rockingham Rotary also set aside $9,000 for scholarship funds. Some funds will go toward the India Eye Project, the Boys and Girls home in Lake Waccamaw and to the Rotary Foundation, which works to eradicate polio worldwide.
— Staff Writer Kelli Easterling can be reached at 910-997-3111, ext. 18, or by email at email@example.com.