By Daniel Brunty
The Winston County Journal
The Rotary Club of Louisville discussed their Disaster Relief project as well as adding a new position to the board during their weekly meeting this past Wednesday (June 18) at Lake Tiak O’Khata.
Addressing the Rotarians on this day was Rotarian John Fair. Fair began his presentation by discussing the Rotary’s upcoming project, which would also serve as their Disaster Relief Project. Fair said he had asked Steve how much in funds had they received from different sources for disaster relief, and he stated they had around $9,000 collected.
Fair also stated he had mentioned to the Rotarians in an earlier meeting about the possibility of receiving some grant money from the District and from Rotary International to add to those funds. He also mentioned that at a recent district meeting in Jackson that dealt with the Rotary foundation and its activities, with a portion of that being grants. At this meeting, he was brought up-to-date on grant monies would be available to clubs within the district.
Fair stated that from that meeting, he found out that there will be a record amount of money available. After explaining the process of how the money is provided for the grant, he stated a lot of clubs may not apply for the grants.
Next, Fair wanted to propose to his fellow Rotarians that they try to acquire some of the grant money to work on a bigger project. He also proposed that for their Disaster Relief Project they could work on the entrance to Memorial Gardens cemetery. Fair mentioned that the Rotary Club had originally assisted with the entrance way during the Rotary centennial year.
Fair said with the district already accepting grants, this may be the time to adopt the cemetery entrance as their Disaster Relief Project. With the funds that they already had, plus a few resources and potential grants, fair felt confident that they would have sufficient funds for the project.
Fair then mentioned that the Rotarians had received a request from the Winston County Library. Because of the storm, a lot of the property values in the county have reduced, and some of the library’s revenue derives from the property values. The library is now asking for financial assistance because of this. Fair stated that if they had funds left over from the project, the Rotarians could possibly help the library with their request.
Fair then asked Rotarian Judy McLeod to speak on a few of these matters. McLeod informed the Rotarians she had done research to see if FEMA would assist with the cemetery project they were proposing, and received mixed answers from their representatives. She then spoke about the library request. McLeod asked for more time to research this as well.
Superintendent Ken McMullan then asked Fair could they consider partnering with Habitat for Humanity or another organization to help some of the elderly people in the community to rebuild their homes. Fair informed McMullan that due to certain stipulations, they could not match their grant to build a structure.
Then Chancery Clerk Julie Cunningham mentioned that Habitat for Humanity has a home on the corner of Louisville Elementary, and they are trying to find funds for materials at this time. They have groups that will come in and provide the labor, but no materials. She said this may be another project they could assist in.
Fair said once he can find out the amount needed for materials, they could see if they could add that project to the cemetery entrance. The next topic Fair mentioned was discussions with the District Governor about having continuity on both the District level as well as the club level. Fair wanted to present the idea to have an Office of Executive Secretary, to serve as a liaison between the District and the club to make communications better.
Fair informed the Rotarians that an email restating all the information he had relayed today would be sent out, and introduced the next Rotarian President David Boydstun to speak.
Boydstun first presented the Rotarians with a survey that placed the members on a committee for the upcoming year, as well as updating their contact information.
Next, Boydstun asked to put a motion on the floor to make John Fair the Executive Secretary for the club. The motion passed unanimously with all the Rotarians. He then informed the Rotarians that in two weeks they would be “Passing the Gavel”, which signals the start of a new year for the club.
Before the meeting ended, informed the Rotarians that they are aiming to take a group picture during their next meeting, and asked for all Rotarians to attend.
The Rotary Club meets each Wednesday at noon for informative and entertaining speakers each week.