Mary Jennings gave an update from the Donations committee during last week’s Club Assembly on Lewisville Noon Rotary’s fundraising efforts. “Last year, we gave away about $30,000,” said Jennings, who listed nearly 20 local nonprofits that received grant funding from the club. Funds are primarily raised through Lewisville Noon’s annual BIG FORE golf tournament, scheduled for May 6, 2024. (Download SAVE THE DATE flyer here.) Applications for next year’s grants will be sent out in November and are due at the end of January, Jennings said. She invited other club members to volunteer for her committee to review the applications. “If you know anyone who is applying, please ask them to include what they’re going to use the money for,” Jennings said, since this information is a critical part of the decision making process.
Following Jennings’ update, Audrey Stansbury, who chairs the Community Service Projects committee, shared about the ongoing club initiatives spearheaded by the committee, like the monthly Adopt a Spot clean up and shopping for the local school food pantries, also called nutrition hubs, which are managed by Site Coordinators from Communities in Schools North Texas. (See below for a snapshot from the latest shopping trip in late October.) The committee also coordinates the club’s involvement with special events, like serving at the Grand Ball and hosting an ice cream social for Special Abilities North Texas, among other events.
Rotarian Allison Stamey is in charge of the Adopt-a-Spot cleanups and tag teams with LHS English teacher Stu Hollowell, who coordinates participation by students from the Interact club, Stansbury explained. She encouraged club members to reach out to Stamey to volunteer for the cleanup events, which only take 30 minutes and are a great way to demonstrate Rotary’s commitment to service over self.