The Buckhannon Rotary Club will divert funds from another project to help the Parish House after recognizing a community need following the recent storm.
The club had planned to use $937 to purchase atlases for third and fourth graders, but Rotary Foundation representative Jody Light said a more pressing need has arisen. The money for the atlases comes from a grant which has not yet been received. Light said Rotary will proceed with donating the money to the Parish House and then reimburse the club with the grant money once it is received.
Light said she does not believe that atlases are not important for the children, but after the storm knocked many out of power for so long, "I think the need is there."
The Inter-Mountain photo by Melissa Toothman
Rotarian Jody Light presents a slide show about the Rotary Foundation Tuesday at the meeting of the Buckhannon Rotary. She said the club donated 80 turkeys last year to the Parish House for Thanksgiving, and at least 500 turkeys are needed this year. Buckhannon Rotarians plan to make another contribution to the Parish House this year.
Rotary already planned to donate $1,000 to the Parish House, but will add the additional $937 to that donation. Light said the $1,000 check had already been written, and the $937 will have to be donated separately.
"If we all work together, we really can make a difference in the world," Light said. "Anything you can do, it all adds up."
Another way Buckhannon Rotarians decided they could save money to help in the community was to forgo entertainment at the club's annual Christmas party. The Christmas Party will be 6 p.m., Dec. 10 at the Buckhannon Country Club.
The club members said it would be great to have entertainment, but there are people in the community in need. One Rotarian said the club could find ways to entertain themselves, which drew laughter from the audience.
"French Creek was really hard hit, as were many of our areas," Joyce Harris-Thacker said. French Creek Elementary School was the last public school in Upshur County to have power restored.
The school will be sending Thanksgiving baskets home with students this Friday for their families, Harris-Thacker said. The school is asking for food donations. Donations can be dropped off to Harris-Thacker at the Stockert Youth Center or taken to the school.
In other business, the military veterans among the club members were asked to stand as a poem was read to them. The three veterans present at the meeting are Calvin Shreve, Larry Dean and Charles Godwin, Jr.