WP Rotary touts record year of giving
The Winter Park-Fraser Valley Rotary Club gave a record $26,000 this year to various groups.
“This is an amazing amount from just more than 30 members in our club,” said Brad Smith, president of the club.
About 80 percent of the giving is to the local community. The Winter Park Club has several fundraisers through the year. The Comedy Night proceeds were dedicated to the National Sports Center for the Disabled. The Winter Park Wipe Out proceeds were dedicated to Project Sanctuary. The club also hosted a picnic for the Shining Stars. The club’s Rotarian of the year, Shanna Lalley, organized the Rotary BINGO Nights that have been very successful. The proceeds from BINGO have benefited many local groups like the Mountain Family Center, the Fraser Learning Center, Pet Pals, Youth Soccer and many other organizations. The Winter Park Club also supports many youth programs. It sends and receives one exchange student each year and many local families have generously provided homes for the incoming students. The club also sends many Grand County students to the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards camp each summer and every year they give dictionaries to all third grade students in Fraser Valley Elementary School.
The Winter Park Rotary club is part of an international organization with over one million members. This allows them to participate in projects around the world. This year the club gave to a project in Ecuador to improve their water systems. Another gift was for a project in Bosnia to fight human trafficking and improve conditions for women in the rural areas through better education and other programs. Each year the club provides a Shelter Box (a tent plus supplies) for victims of disasters like earthquakes and tsunamis. In the past, the club has also participated in the worldwide fight to eliminate Polio.
The club members give of their time too. They do a road cleanup on U.S. 40 between Fraser and Tabernash each spring. Another cleanup is organized for the Fraser River each summer. “We are very proud of what our club has done this past year and pledge our continued support to our community here in Fraser Valley,” said Philip Naill, the club’s incoming president.
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