Elkins Rotary Distributes Student Atlases
Nov. 14, 2017
Randolph County fifth graders were recently visited by members of the Rotary Club of Elkins and received free editions of the 2017 edition of Merriam Webster’s Student Atlas.
Over 335 books were distributed to fifth graders in the county.
Randolph County is home to ten public elementary schools, and each school recently visited by a member of the Rotary club. Pickins was not included since the elementary school has no fifth graders this year.
“The Rotary Club of Elkins had been donating dictionaries to the county schools for many years,” said Pat Schoonover, Project Service chair. “We changed to the Student Atlas in 2010.”
“The Atlas is a great resource for each of these students,”
Schoonover explained. “It provides maps of U.S. states and countries around the world. It offers information not normally found at the school or in any other book.”
Students of North Elementary received their atlases lasr week amid an excited display of questioning and an enthusiastic offering up of a “Hip, Hip Hooray” to the Elkins club.
Each year the Rotary Club of Elkins works with Rotary International to procure the funds for the project, and each year the Randolph County Board of Education approves the project. Club members, with the help of the fifth grade teachers throughout the county, distribute the books.
“I think it’s a great idea,” said Audrey Fulmer, one of the fifth grade teachers at North Elementary. “It’s a book each student can call their very own.”
|Rotary Club of Elkins Summer Round-Up|
|The new Rotary International year began July 1 and the Rotary Club of Elkins was ready for a new year of community service with the installation of new officers and Board members to serve during the 2017-2018 year.
Installation of Officers and BOD
Continuing Board Directors included: Matt Davis, Patricia Schoonover, Jeffrey Welshonce, Sid Gillispie and Jon Steen.
|Community service initiatives kicked off in mid-July with the Randolph County Humane Society’s “Woofstock”, an annual fundraising event that brings needed funds to the county’s animal shelters.
The Rotary Club of Elkins offered their popular Chicken BBQ, with all proceeds going toward the Randolph County Humane Society (RCHS). A check for nearly $1500.00 was handed to Lisa Preusch, RCHS Board Director at the following Monday Rotary meeting.
During the Augusta Heritage Festival in mid-August, another two hundred chickens flew off the Rotary BBQ pit!
This event was a club fundraiser with proceeds to be used throughout the 2017-2018 Rotary year for various community projects.
|Blood & Health Screening|
|Also, in mid-August nearly 75 local residents took advantage of discounted prices during the recent Rotary Club of Elkins Blood & Health Screenings. This bi-annual event, held at the First United Methodist Church in Elkins, in partnership with Davis Medical Center, is one of the Rotary Club of Elkins’ community service projects. The next Blood & Health Screening is scheduled for February 2018.
Youth Health Services and Advanced Hearing Solutions, both of Elkins, offered health tips and hearing tests at the event.
A drawing for an Amazon Echo Dot was also held, with Chad Harmon holding the winning ticket.
|Family Rotary Picnic|
|Elkins Rotarians said goodbye to the summer season with an evening of fellowship during the annual summer Family Picnic. Catered by The Vintage of Elkins, the downhome picnic buffet was enjoyed by attending Rotarians, family and friends.
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