Rotarians discuss community service projects

Published 10:00 pm Wednesday, August 29, 2012

The Brundidge Rotary Club held an assembly meeting Wednesday to hear committee reports and bring members up to date on upcoming opportunities.

A main topic was community service and what the club can do to be more involved in the community.

Rotarian Jim Medley said he is concerned that a section of S.A. Graham Boulevard from the area of Dollar General into town has no sidewalks.

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“The people who live in those apartments have to walk in the streets,” Medley said. “I think a good project for us would be to seek grant funding to build sidewalks along that area. We possibly could partner with the city, the Lions Club or some other civic organization to get that done.”

Medley also suggested that the Rotarians could work toward the establishment of a playground or purchase playground equipment for town’s children.

Michael Lawler said he is in favor of projects that benefit the schools.

“About two years ago, we helped get air conditioners for the gym at the elementary school,” he said. “That was a worthwhile project.”

The Rotarians also discussed the annual scholarships that are made available to qualified high school seniors.

The scholarships were offered to local students until last year when they were opened to students from all public schools in the county.

Lawler said that, when the Troy Rotary Club opened its scholarship program countywide, the Brundidge Rotarians did also.

Lamar Steed said that he would like to see the scholarship opportunities offered to Zion Chapel High School.

“Zion Chapel always participates in our parades and they are willing do be a part of events here,” he said. “I think it would be a good idea to offer Zion Chapel the chance for the scholarships.”

The Rotarians said community service is at the heart of the club. Among the club’s community service projects are the delivery of Thanksgiving meals to homebound residents in support of Cornelius Griffin’s annual community Thanksgiving meal, the Adopt-a-Mile program and bell ringing for the Salvation Army.

In addition, each Saturday a team of Rotarians collects trash along the old U.S. Highway 231, now Veterans Boulevard.