• Winner: WINNER
  • Date: 1/21/2015
  • Rotary Year: 2014-2015
  • Award Category: Youth Activities
  • Club NameWarren County
  • Member First NameGeorge Karnes, President
  • Address: 
    PO BOX 702
    Front Royal, VA 22630
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  • Email: george.karnes@yahoo.com
  • Brief Description: 
    The Rotary Club of Linden facilitates several activities in the Warren County area that advance and celebrate youth community service.

    To benefit our local community, in a multi-year project, we raised funds and helped rebuild the playground at the E. Wilson Morrison Elementary School. Within this year, both members and Interact students helped to paint a detailed map of the United States at the school's playground and install new playground equipment.

    Our club sponsors the Warren County Skyline High School Interact program:

    - Completed 750 documented service hours
    - Sponsored students to attend RYLA, True Colors, and Ethics Workshops.
    - Sponsored three, $1,000.00 college scholarships.
    - Stop Hunger Now, Concession Stand Operations at Skyline HS events, March of Dimes and Christmas Bell Ringing.

    Our club also sponsors the Randolph-Macon Academy Middle School Interact Club and with the help of Rotarians did the following events:

    - Completed 587 documented hours of community service.
    - Held over thirteen weekly meetings.
    - Participated in five chess club events at E. Wilson Morrison Elementary School.
    - Two roadside clean-ups.
    - Picking vegetables at the Volunteer Farms for the less privileged.
    - Ebola Outbreak Help for Liberian Orphanage Educational Project
    - Bake Sale for Huntington’s disease
    - Christmas Help for the Illnicki Family (Teacher stricken with Cancer)
    - Raised funds for funeral expenses for local child
    - Stop Hunger Now, March of Dimes, and Christmas bell ringing.

    Members of both clubs attend Rotary meetings making presentations and keep the club informed of their respective activities.
  • Participation of Club Members: 

    E. Wilson Morrison Elementary Project 100% participation
    Warren County Skyline Interact Activities % varies based on activity
    R-MA Middle School Interact Activities % varies based on activity
  • Resulting Benefits: 
    The Rotary Club of Linden believes that the biggest beneficiaries of its many youth service programs are the participants themselves. Both Rotary and Interact Club members gain a better understanding and appreciation of their communities and get to see the tangible results of their hard work and of the revolutionary power of Rotary's core principle of Service above Self.

    The playground equipment at E. Wilson Morrison Elementary was over thirty years old. This school in Warren County has a high percentage of students on reduced or free lunch. The equipment we have purchased helped modernize, expand and create a safer playing environment. This playground is used for students at school and children within the community.
  • Additional Material or Information #1: 
    PDF file containing photos and captions of youth activities.
  • 1st Supporting Document: 
    2015 Youth Activities Pictures - RMA Middle School.pdf