Charlie Geveden reflected on his tenure as president of the Frankfort Rotary Club as the fiscal year concluded June 30. Geveden began his term with several goals, announcing the club’s primary focus would be in the areas of membership, community involvement, and international projects.
Here are highlights of the past year:
In a time when civic organizations nationally are experiencing a decline in membership, the Frankfort club concluded the year with 38 new members.
The club’s weekly luncheon program featured a wide range of speakers and programs.
The club remained involved in a variety of community projects that raise funds for scholarships and other worthy causes. Among them is the Commonwealth Rotary Golf Challenge, which is usually held in the spring but because of inclement weather will be held Friday at Juniper Hill Golf Course. Sponsored by First Federal Savings Bank, the proceeds from the tournament go to support the Rotary Youth Fund Scholarship Program.
Despite the postponement, Rotary was able this year to sponsor college scholarships for five local high school students, one of which was completely funded by Dr. Gene Burch.
nIn addition, Rotary continued to monetarily support the Capital City Classic Soccer Tournament, Youth Baseball, the YMCA Camp, Thornhill Learning Center, the Salvation Army Camp, CASA, and the Red Cross. One of Rotary’s special committees, New Generations, helps to provide funding to Literacy-School Library Books and RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards), and funds speech contests for area youth.
nRotary lends support and guidance to the Interact Club of Frankfort High School. Interact is a Rotary International service club for young people ages 12-18 and has some 25 members who are individually invited to attend Rotary’s Wednesday luncheons throughout the school year.
nOne of the highlights of Rotary achievement continues to be its Food Drive to benefit the Frankfort-Franklin County Emergency Food Pantry. The event is conducted twice annually, in the spring and fall.
The drive is a joint venture involving Boy Scout Troops 209 and 281, the Frankfort High Interact Club and Rotary. This year’s drive resulted in the collection of several truckloads of food items and approximately $1,200 in cash for the Food Pantry to use to benefit needy families of Frankfort and Franklin County.
nThe New Members Committee of Rotary conducted two projects to serve our community. In December 2012, the committee conducted its Adopt-A-Senior Project in which monetary donations collected from Rotary members were used to purchase wearing apparel, jewelry, candy and a variety of self-care items.
The items were packaged by committee members and facility staff, and given to administrative staff for distribution to 40 pre-selected residents of Frankfort’s two nursing homes, Bradford Square and Golden Living Center. The selected adoptees were those residents deemed to be most in need.
nIn March of 2013, the New Members Committee devised an additional project on behalf of the Franklin County Council on Family Abuse. The project was conducted in conjunction with the Frankfort Police Department to benefit victims of domestic violence and elder abuse residing at the SOLACE facility.
Through the donations from club members, the committee collected a wide variety of self-care, household and food items from a “wish list” supplied by SOLACE. The collected items were subsequently turned over to the Police Department for distribution.
The club continued its longstanding support of the two major projects of Rotary International: funding, leadership and support in a coordinated effort with the United Nations to end polio and monetary contributions to help finance the Honduras Water Project to ensure clean water for the citizens of that country.
Brad Thomas of the Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development spoke about opportunities presented by foreign markets for Kentucky’s state economy at the annual Rotary International Dinner at the Capital Plaza Hotel Feb. 28.
Frankfort Rotary’s Don Dykman was elected Governor of Rotary District 6710 in July 2012.
This is the 12th time a member of the club has served in that position.
Rotary District 6710 includes a total of 58 local clubs and covers an area encompassing the western half of Kentucky as well as a substantial portion of Central Kentucky.
In November, the club hosted the 97th Annual District 6710 Conference with Dykman presiding.
The conference was a three-day event at the Capital Plaza Hotel attended by some 300 out-of-town Rotarians and their family members.