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Posted by David McFadden
on Apr 12, 2015
Our Allocations Committee and Board of Directors recently approved funding requests to support the following organizations and projects that benefit kids in teh greater Yakima area.
|Camp Prime Time - Camperships||3,000.00|
|First Tee of Yakima||1,000.00|
|Madison House-Union Gospel Mission||1,700.00|
|Pegasus Project||$ 1,000.00|
|Voices for the Children||$ 1,000.00|
|Yakima County Master Gardener Youth Prgm||$ 550.00|
|Yakima Greenway G2G||2,000.00|
|Yakima Valley Libraries||$ 800.00|
|Yakima Valley Museum (Storyfest)||3,500.00|
|YMCA-Saturday Nite Live||1,250.00|
|Memorial Service Scholarship||$ 6,750.00|
|Randall Park Picnic Shelter||$ 6,500.00|
It’s said that when the President Elect is named, a Rotary President breathes a big sigh of relief, knowing he or she is really is on the down slope of the presidential term. Sunrise Rotary’s fearless leader, Dave McFadden, is happily sighing.
Much to his surprise, fourteen year Sunrise Rotary veteran Rod Fitch was named the 2016-2017 last month in a surprise ambush at Owen’s Cycle.
“I was caught completely off guard,” Rod reported after being lured to the cycle shop on the pretense of helping Curt Vangstad buy a new Harley.
After the shock wore off, Rod says he’s looking forward to the role, which will technically begin in June, when it becomes Rod’s job to introduce meeting guests, interview potential new members, and organize committees.
Rod has been involved in many of the projects and programs of Sunrise Rotary. As a newbie, he helped build Rotary Park along the Greenway, and it was there that he realized how much being a Rotarian meant to him.
“The feeling you get when you help someone… especially someone who maybe doesn’t have what the rest of us take for granted… that’s a great thing.”
Rod’s favorite Rotary project has been Operation Santa. He specifically recalls being dressed as Santa and driving with his young son to find a house. It was way out in Wiley City and past 8:30 when they finally found a rutted gravel road that led to a lone house. Two little kids were inside with their parents, and Rod knows he will never forget the look on their faces when Santa came through the door with gifts just for them.
Looking forward, Rod and his wife, Vickie, will travel to the Rotary Conference in Seoul, South Korea in June of 2016. At this point he doesn’t yet have any new projects or plans lined up, but is beginning to attend Board Meetings to get up to speed with the executive branch of Rotary. Though he admits he was completely shocked when the past presidents materialized in the Owen’s store, he’s now looking forward to the upcoming role.
“It’ll be fun.”
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