• Winner: Second Place
  • Date: 1/31/2018
  • Rotary Year: 2017-2018
  • Award Category: Community Service
  • Club NameFront Royal
  • Member First NameKym Crump
  • Address: 
    PO Box 1754
    Front Royal, VA 22630
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  • Email: kymc1221@comcast.net
  • Brief Description: 
    The Rotary Club of Front Royal has been actively involved in community activities for the past 91 years.
    o United Way Community Day of Caring- provide assistance to homeowners such as lawn cleanup and kitchen remodels
    o Camp Fantastic- The Club prepares and serves dinner to Camp Fantastic, a summer camp for children with Cancer or who are going through remission
    o Doc Smith Baskets- The Club prepares baskets of food for families in needs during the holidays. For fourteen years, our Club has provided aid to families in need at Christmas time.
    o Backpack Buddies- provides children in need with book bags full of food for the weekend, during the summer, or school breaks
    o Salvation Army Kettle Drive- Each year the Club participates in the annual kettle drive to support the Salvation Army
    o Sponsored and participated in the local Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Walk
    o Virginia Blood Services Blood Drive – Club sponsors annual blood drive for community.
    o Adopt-A-Highway- Club sponsors 2-mile local highway and participates in highway clean-ups,
    o Educational Excellence Awards- Honors 8 deserving teachers in the community each year.
    o Robert E. L. Miller Community Service Award- Given to a member of the community that has contributed to improving the quality of life of the citizens in the community.
    o Dictionaries Project- Club purchased, personalized with bookplate from Front Royal Rotary, and delivered to all public and private school 3rd graders in community.
    o High School Mock Interviews- Club members conduct interview scenarios for students preparing both for college and employment interviews.
    o Scholarships to 4 seniors from Warren County Private and Public schools.
    o Tower Garden Project (District Grant)- Granting 9 tower gardens to each local public school and the Warren County Public Schools Central Office.
    o Granted Humane Society of Warren County $3,500 towards animal transport vehicle.
    o Annual Grant program provided $5,000 to Ressie Jeffries Elementary School to construct a new playground, and pledged $5,000 per year over the next 5 years as a match to Ressie Jeffries’ PTO.
    o Operation Warm- Provides coats to school children in need.
  • Participation of Club Members: 
    It is encouraged during the fireside chat held with all new members that they become actively involved in all service projects the Club sponsors or participates in during the year. The Club’s expectations of involvement in community service activities is highlighted as one of the most rewarding experiences a new member can have as a Rotarian. It continues to be a goal of the Club to make the community aware of who Rotary is and how Rotary impacts the community.

    United Way Community Day of Caring 20%
    Camp Fantastic 35%
    Doc Smith Baskets 80% (plus Interactors)
    Backpack Buddies 95%
    Salvation Army Kettle Drive 33%
    Juvenile Diabetes Walk 27%
    Virginia Blood Services Blood Drive 15%
    Adopt a Highway 20%
    Educational Excellence Awards 10%
    Robert E.L. Miller Award 80%
    Dictionaries Project 25%
    High School Mock Interviews 15%
    Academic Scholarship Awards 20%
    Tower Garden Project 25%
    Humane Society Transport Project 45%
    Annual Grant Program (Community) 80%
    Operation Warm 60%
  • Resulting Benefits: 
    -United Way Community Day of Caring- aids local homeowners in completing large home projects.
    -Doc Smith Baskets- Boxes of food were distributed to over 150 families in need this year.
    -Backpack Buddies- This program serves children grades K-12 that may otherwise go hungry without the backpack.
    -Salvation Army Kettle Drive- Raised over $4,000 for the Salvation Army.
    -Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Walk- the Club raised over $30,000 this year.
    -Educational Excellence Awards- Honors our local educators, highlighting their work in the community and school.
    -Robert E. L. Miller Award- rewards a community member that has done exemplary community work.
    -Dictionaries Project- provides each third grader in the county with a new dictionary. Club members attend a special presentation ceremony and introduce Rotary to the students, and also give instruction on how to use the dictionaries in a fun manner, using words like “community” and “service”.
    -High School Mock Interviews- ensures students entering the world of college and/or employment interviews have a positive experience and feedback from participating members of the club.
    -Academic Scholarship Awards- provides recognition and funding to deserving students, entering college and/or trade school.
    -Humane Society Transport Project- provided $3500 towards the purchase of an animal transport van. By having their own van, staff can transport animals to facilities necessary for their care.
    -Annual Grant- ensures that over 5 years a new, safe playground will be built for the studentsof RJES as part of the school’s renovation plans.
    -Operation Warm- New program this year, our Club partnering with Warren County Department of Social Services was able to provide 150 new coats to children in need.

  • Video Link: https://youtu.be/FmOnHyI3t1M