October 9, 2003

Rotary Club Donates More Than $1,350 To Further Local Causes

by Jeff Behrens

A long summer of fund raising led to the Rotary Club making donations to five local organizations totaling over $1,350.

The largest donation was for $700 to help start up the Scotland County Youth Soccer League. Tonya Harrison and Michelle Miller, representatives of the new league, spoke at Tuesdayís Rotary meeting.

They said that the number of area children commuting to Kahoka to participate in the Clark County Soccer league has grown enough to warrant a Scotland County league. It is a grass roots operation, consisting of parents and volunteers.

The School Board has given permission to use the lower campus fields for the spring and fall league. Miller and Harrison said that portable goals were being constructed locally, but the group needed money to purchase game balls, field markers and nets to be used on three fields. The Rotary Clubís donation should cover most of that expense.

Rotary also voted to give $200 to the Dolly Parton Reading program sponsored the Parents as Teachers Program. Rotary had previously donated $500 to help start the program in 2001.

Also receiving donations were the SCR-1 Red Ribbon week, the Scotland County Little League to purchase new lights for the field, and the Memphis Area Chamber of Commerce to help purchase more business directories and tourism brochures.

The club raises the money for these events from its Chicken-Ques and through the rental of its tent for weddings and functions.

Rotarians give their time and money in service to their community, be it locally or internationally through the Rotary Foundation. At Tuesdayís meeting, District Assistant Governor Becky Bragg bestowed the honor of Paul Harris fellow on Rotarian Phil Payne. Payne, a former S.C. Rotary President, has donated $1,000 during his membership to the Rotary International Foundation which supports programs around the globe to help foster Rotaryís goal of world peace. He joins John Cook, George Koontz, and Dr. Harlo Donelson as active S.C. Rotarians who are Paul Harris fellows.

One of Rotaryís most successful programs, Share the Harvest, will begin again with deer season. Hunters who donate their deer at the Rutledge Locker will be given a coupon to cover most of the cost of the production of the deer. The harvested meat is then donated to the Community Food Pantry for distribution. Last year, the program helped feed over 150 area families.

The Scotland County Rotary Club meets every Tuesday at Noon at Keithís Cafe.

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