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The Chehalis Rotary Club recently hosted a school supply shopping night for children in the Chehalis School District who are considered homeless. Forty kindergarten through 12th grade students took advantage of the opportunity to pick out their own supplies. On average, each child spent fifty dollars and left the Chehalis Walmart with a big smile and ready to start a new school year. Additional funds will be expended throughout the year to pay for fees and other items that would be difficult for families to cover. With a total of $5,000.00 available, it is expected that up to 100 students will receive resources to help them with their education expenses this school year.
Fundraising proceeds from the Chehalis Rotary Corn Booth and Golf Ball Drop (both held at the SWW Fair), along with a Rotary District 5020 matching grant were used to fund this event.
Once again, the Chehalis Rotary Corn Booth at the SWW Fair proved to be a profitable endeavor for our club. Combined with the 2nd annual golf ball drop and a District 5020 matching grant, we have earned enough seed money to fund back to school shopping for homeless children and scholarships for higher education.
Congratulations to Gail Shaw for being named as the Chronicle's 2012 Person of the Year! The 1/1/2013 edition of the Chronicle includes a full story and several pictures of Gail from various stages of his life.
1st place winner (of $1,000): Fred Rapp, 9 3/4 inches from marker
2nd place winner (of $500): Melody Bradley, 10 1/4 inches
3rd place (of $250): Mark Schweisow, 13 inches
4th place (West Coast Bank Golf Basket): Lois Gueck, 16 inches
5th place (Security State Bank $50 Gift Certificate): Barbara Greatwood, 16 3/4 inches
The Centralia-Chehalis Chamber of Commerce has announced that this year's Grand Marshals for the 62nd Annual Santa Parade will be Jim & Suzi Vander Stoep. Both have been valuable members of our community for years and are being honored for their service. Jim has been a rotarian for 57 years, serving as the Chehalis Rotary president in 1959-60.