New Era Progress Letter to the Editor

March 9, 2012
New Era Progress
Amherst, VA
Dear Editor,
For the 40th time, the Amherst Rotary Club has conducted it most important fundraising project, the Annual Pancake Day. The funds raised from this event go primarily to Amherst County High School graduates for academic and vocational scholarships. For the fortieth time, the event was a resounding success.
Pancake Day in Amherst does not just happen. Volunteers, sponsors, numerous supporters, and Amherst Rotary members all pull together to provide planning, supplies, funding, and labor for the event. While this year’s final figures are not yet available, the revenue from all sources, which include donations, sponsorships, raffle tickets, and in-kind contributions, will be sufficient to cover continuing scholarship levels. Significantly, over the forty years, Pancake Day has accounted for scholarships that now approach the $200,000 level. What a tribute to this community!
The Rotary Club of Amherst is deeply grateful for the support received for this event. Our sincere thanks go out to the volunteers who manned the five shifts (beginning at 5:30am) that cover Pancake Day. Special thanks are in order for the members of Ascension Episcopal Church, the host location for the event, with their offering of tables, chairs, and a blessing for Pancake Day. The continuing cooperation of Sweet Briar College is an important factor in the provision of storage space for perishable food supplies. Business sponsors and contributors provide funding, supplies, and other means of help which is essential in making the difference between success and failure. Also, a special “thank you” to the staff of The New Era Progress for providing newspaper coverage and publicity for Pancake Day. Finally, I must acknowledge all the wonderful guests who supported the event by partaking of a pancake or two. They were special guests indeed.
The Rotary Club of Amherst continues to honor the Rotary slogan of “Service Above Self”. Through cooperative efforts with other area Rotary Clubs, Amherst Rotary is helping provide medical and dental supplies to localities in South Africa and Brazil. In the Amherst community we are collecting funds for the Amherst Cares project in addition to ongoing projects of World Globes for Second Graders and the scholarship awards. Collections of non-perishable food items are provided for the local Food Pantry during Thanksgiving and Christmas. Without the continuing community support that it receives, the Rotary Club of Amherst would be unable to sustain these efforts.
Sincerely, Randall Gravley, President
Rotary Club of Amherst