By Lynette Norris
Greene Publishing, Inc.
Outgoing Rotary Club President Wayne Conger said that it had been a pretty good year as he made a few announcements and presentations and summed up the club’s activities for the past twelve months he had served as president.
The Rotary Club presented a $10,000 check to the new hospital to furnish one of the patient rooms, which will be known as “The Rotary Room.” Additionally, the club raised nearly $9000 for other charitable and community projects.
“We’ve done great at fundraisers because of the member participation,” said Conger. “But I’ve also enjoyed the fellowship of working together on community projects.”
At the beginning of his term, he had set four goals for the club. The first was to add four new members. The club now has five. The second was to partner with other civic clubs to work on community projects. The two projects chosen didn’t come to fruition, but the potential for future partnership was still there, and he had met people he wouldn’t ordinarily have had a chance to meet, much less had a chance to work with, including Preston Matthews, incoming President for the Kiwanis Club, who was sitting in the audience as a guest, nodding in agreement as Conger spoke of perhaps being able to work together again in the future.
The third goal was getting the Rotary Club involved in new events, like helping out with the Back to School, Stay in School project.
The fourth, a family dinner or evening for Rotarians and their spouses and children, somehow never came about, “but three out of four isn’t bad.”
Another fundraiser he was pleased with was the Purple Pinkie Project at the local schools, where school children donated dollar bills to the PolioPlus Project and had their pinkie fingers dyed purple. Altogether, the children raised $800, enough to pay for 1300 vaccinations for children in other countries. “Not bad for a little rural county,” he said.
All in all, it had been a great year. Now, it was time to go, and turn the gavel over to the new president, Pete Bucher, who will serve for the 2014-2015 term.