During the recently completed 2016-17 Rotary year, the Archbold Rotary Club donated $34,628 to various school, community and Rotary projects.
College scholarships continue to be the single largest focus of club giving as $7,500 was awarded in scholarships to high school seniors from both Archbold High School and Four County Career Center. An additional $1,000 was given to Archbold area students attending Northwest State Community College.
Other youth-related awards included $500 for the Bluestreak Bags program to provide additional weekend food during the school year for qualifying youth, $500 to support Junior Achievement in the school system, $375 for the winners of the Four Way Test speech and essay contests, $300 for the elementary book fair, and $287 for the elementary dictionary project.
The club also provided a $195 scholarship for an Archbold student to participate in the Hugh O’Brien leadership program, $195 to support an Eagle Scout project that put trauma units in every classroom in the Archbold school district, and $73 for awards in the local Punt, Pass and Kick contest.
Community projects and programs received $8,049.74 from Rotary. The single largest expenditure ($3,019) was to help Archbold celebrate its 150th birthday last July when the club sponsored the Sesquicentennial Parade. The total spent on the parade was $3,648 as some expenses were paid during the previous Rotary year.
Other community programs supported by Rotary last year included the Fulton County Heart Radiothon, $1,000; Sauder Village, $1,000; the Archbold Area Chamber of Commerce, $500; Archbold FISH food pantry, $500; and Fulton County Christmas Cheer, $500.
Archbold Rotary also sponsored or co-sponsored with the Lions Club two community meals, $455.46; the Parade of Lights Christmas parade, $325; Community Health Professionals Beacons of Light, $250; Relay for Life, $250; Fairlawn Auxiliary, $150; and Fulton County Habitat for Humanity, $100.
Various Rotary programs received donations during the past year, including: the Rotary Foundation for a Honduran sanitation project, $6,300; Every Rotarian Every Year annual fund, $4,166; PolioPlus, $3,065; Rotary District 6600’s Medical Equipment and Supplies Abroad (MESA) program, $500; and the MESA bike riders in June, $197.
Additionally, the club made the following donations during the year — support for an Archbold National Honor Society service project (Hunger for Kids), $75; Joggin’ for Joughlin 5K, $50; and funding to provide paper products and cleaning supplies for Toledo’s Ronald McDonald House that were delivered by Archbold’s FCCLA/Interact student service club, $500.
Barb Britenriker was president of the Archbold Rotary Club during the 2016-17 Rotary year, which ended June 30. The club’s new president is Eddie Partin. Last year, the club had about 60 members.
For more information about the Archbold Rotary Club, please visit the club’s website: www.archboldrotary.org. Persons interested in becoming a member of the service organization can contact any of the club officers or directors who are listed on the club’s website.