Fort Mill Rotary Club gives $71,000 to local organizations

jmarks@fortmilltimes.comJanuary 24, 2014 

— If the Fort Mill Rotary Club meeting last week ran a little past schedule, Jeff Harr didn’t mind. Meetings like the one Wednesday are the reason why the group president shows up all year long.

“This is the culmination of about a year’s worth of hard work,” Harr said. “I get asked all the time, ‘why join Rotary?’ And this is it.”

Group members handed out checks totaling roughly $71,000 to 17 service groups. The money will go toward grants for teachers, animal rescue, camping scholarships, snacks for hungry students. Some will pay for mammograms and dental and vision care where county residents can’t afford it. Some will go to clean water projects in developing countries where residents can’t drink it.

Amounts varied based on how much the groups requested. Martha Kinard accepted one check on behalf of the Foundation for Fort Mill Schools. The group provides money for teachers each year to improve the education they’re able to provide students.

“This money will be classroom money,” Kinard said.

Tonia McCorkle helps run the Angel Food Program at Flint Hill Baptist Church. Her group often gets clients after they’ve been to the Fort Mill Care Center, another recipient Wednesday. McCorkle thanked Rotarians not only for supporting her outreach, but in doing so allowing the group of young girls at her church to continue in the program and, she hopes, to learn service.

“You’re enabling some middle school and high school girls to do some really cool things for their community,” she said.

Several Rotarians shared personal connections with the organizations, from volunteering at the Humane Society of York County to camping at the Anne Springs Close Greenway or piping water through Latin America with Living Waters for the World or International Water Project. Several recipients echoed the sentiments of Jeane Cassidy with the Care Center, saying local charity wouldn’t be what it is without local giving.

“We couldn’t do anything without the support of the community, and the Fort Mill community has been great,” she said.

Groups receiving funds Wednesday were the Anne Springs Close Greenway, Breast Screening Source of York County, Boys & Girls Club of York County, Children’s Attention Home, Early Learning Partnership of York County, Education Equals Hope, Flint Hill Baptist Church Angel Food Program, Fort Mill Care Center, Fort Mill YMCA, Foundation for Fort Mill Schools, Girls on the Run, Humane Society of York County, International Water Project, Living Waters for the World, Nation Ford Land Trust, Palmetto Council Boy Scouts of America and York County Free Clinic.

Funding came from an auction held last fall.

To learn more about Rotary, call Harr at 704-241-4888 or go to fortmillrotary.org.

John Marks •  803-547-2353

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