Special to The Clinton Courier
The mission of The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International is to enable Rotarians to advance world understanding, goodwill and peace through the improvement of health, the support of education, and the alleviation of poverty. In addition, it allows local clubs the opportunity to write grants to benefit local charities.
In October, the Clinton Rotary Club was awarded a $6,000 grant to benefit the Clinton Community Nature Center (CCNC). On November 21, the club hosted a “Team up to Clean Up” work day at the Clinton Community Nature Center.
The grant afforded the opportunity to procure and spread slag on the Old Natchez Trace trail. In addition, work began on repairs and updates to the playground and splash pad area. By spring of 2021, the playground project will be completed. Children of all ages will be able to enjoy the sandbox, splash pad, obstacle course and more.
The Clinton Rotary Club also teamed up with Signs First to display new signs at the Center, with a focus on the CCNC flag program and the “Membership Matters” campaign. Memberships are paid annually, and are only $25 per individual, or $40 per family, per year. Membership includes unlimited access to the three miles of nature trails, the updated playground, and discounts on any rentals of Price Hall.
Neddie Winters, Assistant District Governor, joined the Clinton Rotary Club in December to recognize six individuals who were inducted into the Paul Harris Society. The club also recognized six members who have received multiple levels in the Paul Harris Society.
The Paul Harris Fellow recognition acknowledges individuals who contribute, or who have contributions made in their name, of $1,000 to The Rotary Foundation.
Rotary established the recognition in 1957 to encourage and show appreciation for substantial contributions to what was then the Foundation’s only program, Rotary Foundation Fellowships for Advanced Study, the precursor to Ambassadorial Scholarships.
Clinton inductees included Shelly Withers-Janous, Greg Ingram, Allen Boykin, Chuck Hiers, Tim Bruss and Clay Mansell.
Receiving Sapphire level were David Stevens, Sr., George Broadstreet, Dennis VanderMolen and Sean Meadows.
Members who achieved a Double Sapphire level were Herman Cooper and George Lester.
Many notable figures have been named Paul Harris Fellows, including U.S. President Jimmy Carter, Russian President Boris Yeltsin, U.S. astronaut James Lovell, UN Secretary-General Javier Perez de Cuellar, and polio vaccine developer Jonas Salk.
The number of Paul Harris Fellows reached the one million mark in 2006.