Rotarians look back, plan forward

Published 3:00 am Thursday, August 6, 2015

The Brundidge Rotary Club held a club assembly Wednesday to evaluate the club’s current programs and to make plans for the upcoming club year.

The club’s two major fundraising events continue to be successful and the Rotarians could find no reason to try anything different.

Don Dickert, club president, said the raffle for two Alabama/Auburn or Auburn/Alabama football tickets is always a win for the Rotary Club no matter the won-loss record of either team.

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“The Douglas Botts Memorial Golf Tournament at the Brundidge Country Club this summer was the biggest ever,” Dickert said. “Hopefully, the tournament will continue to grow. It’s a fun fundraiser for our club.”

The Rotarians were in agreement to continue to club’s Adopt-A-Mile program. The Rotarians pick up litter along Veterans Boulevard from the by-pass to the Piggly Wiggly.

“I’m not sure how many years we’ve been picking up the litter but it’s been a long time,” Dickert said. “In 1999, we were honored by the Montgomery Capital City Club for the project. A TV crew came down and filmed us picking up trash. It’s a good service project and we hope it’s an encouragement to other people to pick up the litter in their areas or at least not to litter.”

The Rotarians elected to continue the club’s dictionary project if Charles Henderson Child Health Center again lends its support to the project.

“Every year for several years, we have given a dictionary to every third grader in the Pike County School System and at Pike Liberal Arts,” Dickert said. “The project was funded by the Malone Foundation and Rotary International. Last year, we lost that funding and it was picked up by CHCHC. It’s a good program and we hope to be able to continue it.”

The Rotarians have been awarding six scholarships to graduating high school seniors from the area and will continue with the scholarship program.

Something new for the Brundidge Rotary Club will be a program where the Rotarians go into the fifth-grade classrooms in the Pike County School System and Pike Liberal Arts School and present character-building programs.

In an effort to increase attendance in the weekly Rotary Club meetings, each Rotarian will have a buddy. If one buddy misses a meeting the other will act as a reminder to make up the meeting by attending the meeting of another Rotary Club or by online participation.