Rotary Club pays it forward
Unused lunch money donated to area charities
For the City Times
Rotary Club recently made significant donations to local organizations.
“The Rotary Club of Stevens Point has suspended in-person meetings March-July due to the recent outbreak of COVID-19 in the community. Monies that would have typically been used to pay for member lunches were earmarked to purchase $4,000 in local gift certificates,” a Rotary release stated.
The gift certificates were split in half and distributed to the local Salvation Army and the Boys and Girls Club of Portage County. These organizations will be distributing the gift cards to people in need over the next several months.
“The Coronvirus pandemic has put many families throughout Portage County in a financial bind,” said Stevens Point Rotary Club President Dave Acaley. “This is our way of giving back to the Stevens Point Area residents in a time of need.”
Founded in 1907, Rotary meets every Wednesday at noon at the Stevens Point Country Club typically. During COVID-19, the club has been meeting primarily via Zoom.
Rotarians get involved in the community through activities like cleaning a portion of the Green Circle Trail and a section of County Trunk B, directing participants at the YMCA Duathlon, and bell ringing for the Salvation Army.
In addition, the club contributes to many local nonprofit organizations that work the youth, homeless, animals, and enhancement of public spaces in the community, including the Cultural Commons.