Oriental Rotary Club Projects’ Summary
July 2007 through June 2008
A Summary of our Fundraising Activities
-Our largest fundraising activity requiring the most time — the Annual Tarpon Tournament.
July 27-July29 2007 marked the 15th annual Oriental Rotary Club Tarpon Tournament. The event raised approximately $15,000 in support of our annual award of three $3,000 scholarships to three Pamlico County graduating seniors planning to attend a four-year college or university of their choice. In addition, a $3,000 scholarship was awarded to Pamlico Community College. This scholarship was used by the college to assist several enrolled students in need of financial assistance. The money raised in the Tarpon Tournament also supports the Scholars Program recognizing the top 10 academic scholars at a dinner honoring both them and their parents. All ten scholars received a commemorative certificate and a cash award of $150.
-The Turkey Trot Golf Tournament to Benefit Alzheimer Research
In November our club scored a hole in one in the planning and execution of the First Annual Oriental Rotary Turkey Trot Golf tournament to benefit Alzheimer- Research. There were 56 paid sponsors, 80 players and 104 people enjoyed the turkey lunch. We raised $5100 for our Rotary Districtâ€™s Alzheimer-Research Project.
-Tent Rental Service
One of our most successful fundraising ventures is the Clubâ€™s local tent rental service. This produced over $7000 in revenue to support local community projects. (In addition the club provided tents at no cost or at reduced cost for several community/charitable events.)
-Cycle North Carolina Spring Ride
In April 2007 we hosted a shrimp dinner (complete with homemade slaw, baked beans, cake, iced tea and lemonade) to 600 people. We received rave reviews from the diners. Our culinary efforts netted us over $3000, monies to support our community projects.
-Annual Chicken Barbeque
In May 600 chow hounds savored our cooking once again. This event raised $3000 for various projects.
A Summary of our Community Projects
-A beach picnic shelter and table at the Oriental Village Beach.
This structure provided shelter during the year even thought the final roofing shingles were not installed until the middle of the winter.
-Assembly of a large playground with rock climbing wall, two slides and a variety of other play stations for the Heart Works Save Harbor located in Bayboro.
Heart Works, a non profit organization, supports children and local families with after-school, mentoring and counseling programs. In addition to the over 200 hours of labor that Rotary provided we also provided a cash donation of $1700 to purchase plastic timbers to build the â€œsurroundâ€ for the playground. We also labored to move tons of wood chips into the playground area to create a soft landing place for the children.
Our club donated dictionaries to all third graders in the county as part of our literacy project. All students in Pamlico County above the third grade level possess a Rotary-donated dictionary. With both the dictionary project and the essay contest our club promotes area literacy.
-$500 donation to the Arapahoe Charter School Tri athlete Team for the purchase of additional uniforms.
A former Rotarian organizes this successful athletic program.
-Rotary Youth Leadership Assembly in Columbia, North Carolina.
In April our club sponsored three students to attend this event. Itâ€™s a great way to expose young adults to leadership principles and the fellowship of Rotary.
The club provided free chestnuts to townsfolk in the first weekend of December during the Spirit of Christmas celebration in Oriental. Even Charles Dickens would be delighted with those nutty treats roasted on an open fire.
-Our December Christmas Party for Rotarians and their partners was an occasion for collecting and distributing over 70 new toys for the Toys for Tots Program in Pamlico County.
-Paul Harris Fellows
Our Club awarded six Paul Harris fellows in 2008-2008.
In May George Link, International Service Chair, and his wife journeyed to India. While visiting the country, there were able to travel to a small village and observe firsthand the results of an irrigation project that George initiated and shepherded through the three years that it took to complete the project.
Congratulations to all our members for sharing their time and talent in making this an outstanding service organization.