• Winner: WINNER
  • Date: 1/22/2014
  • Rotary Year: 2013-2014
  • Award Category: Youth Activities
  • Club NameFrederick County
  • Member First NameTammy Stevenson
  • Address: 
    P.O Box 1744
    Winchester, VA 22604
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  • Email: tstevenson@winc.fm
  • Brief Description: 
    We are a very busy club of only 50 members –small and mighty! We clearly understand that by supporting our area youth, we not only create future Rotarians but we will leave a lasting impression on our community in the most direct way!
    Active sponsors of the Sherando High School Interact Club – we attend their bi-monthly meetings afterschool and assist both physically and financially to as many projects as possible to include their walk-a-thons and Red Cross Blood Drives. Our favorite activity is attending their annual Ethnic dinner in May which features food from different countries and usually a guest speaker from an Area 1 club that has traveled abroad.
    Sponsored two Interact members at RYLA 2013 – we financially supported this and we only had two students attend because the SAT testing was the same weekend! We always enjoy hearing from the students at a Rotary meeting.
    Sent 4 students to True Colors in Front Royal – again, financially support these students.
    Participated with Kids Voting of the Northern Shenandoah Valley – we completely staff 2 Kids Voting locations in the county with our club members and Interact members on Election Day.
    Distributed dictionaries to 1,095 3rd grade students in Frederick County, Virginia – with a matching grant, we are able to purchase over 1,000 dictionaries and distribute them to some very excited third graders!
    Sponsored a Columbian Exchange student for 12 months – an adventure in itself! Daniel spent his year between 2 families in the area.
    Worked with 202 Sherando students for mock interviews – this has been a May project but now we have added a flight in October for juniors and seniors that will be looking for seasonal work. Huge project with the most direct feedback!
    Awarded $4,000 in scholarships to five students at Sherando High School – we present the dollars at the Senior Awards Ceremony – what a great honor for our club to further the education of deserving Seniors!
  • Participation of Club Members: 
    Sherando High School Interact – 8 club members regularly attend their meetings and special activities.
    Kids Voting of NSV – 18 club members – 36% of the membership – gave 22 hours of service on Election Day
    Dictionary Distribution – 11 club members visited 12 elementary schools – 22% of the membership – we received hundreds of thank you notes!
    Sponsored a Columbian Exchange Student – a percentage would be tough to measure – it took everyone!
    Mock Interviews – 76% club participation – 38 out of 50 members – it takes a village!!!!
    Sherando High School Scholarships – 100% club participation because we raise these funds through our weekly “Hoots and Salutes” jar where club members give a dollar or more each week to celebrate something happening in their lives or in the community.
  • Resulting Benefits: 
    Interact is certainly giving a whole group of students the hands-on concept of Service Above Self with their community service projects. RYLA is just a fantastic leadership opportunity. True Colors is another personal growth and leadership program.
    Kids Voting teaches children the importance and the privilege of voting. It also serves as a great reminder to adults to provide a strong example of the importance of voting, particularly on a local level.
    Dictionary Distribution – 1,095 students in the third grade receive their own dictionary. We place a nameplate in the front of the dictionary and while we visit, each Rotarian recites the Four Way Test.
    Columbian Exchange Student – The high school soccer team was biggest beneficiary! Daniel really enjoyed his time in the United States and our club made some great memories!
    Mock Interviews – 38 of our club members spent a week in May preparing Sherando High School students for job interviewing. The students must create a true portfolio complete with resume, references and a cover letter. It’s a good reminder for us as business people of how the public perceives us and it gives us the ability to positively influence these 200 students!
    Sherando Scholarships – Each week, our membership shares part of their personal lives with the club by donating a dollar or more and that really connects us as a group. Obviously, five young ladies at Sherando benefitted from receiving scholarship monies from the club.
  • Additional Material or Information #1: 
    These are two pictures from our Mock Interviews at Sherando High School. The first one is of our President Nominee, Calvin Gant and the second picture is with our Treasurer, Carole Fox.
  • 1st Supporting Document: 
    Mock Interviews 2013.JPG, Mock Interviews 2013.2.JPG
  • Additional Materail or Information #2: 
    The first picture is of our Exchange student from Columbia.
    The second picture is the officers of the Sherando Interact Club speaking to our club.
    The third picture is from a Cupcake Sale that the Interact club had to raise money for Epilepsy ~ one of their club members has the disease and the money was for her personally.
  • 2nd Supporting Document:
    Daniel from Columbia.jpg, Interact Officers Speak.JPG, Interact Cupcake Sale.JPG