• Rotary Year: 2015-2016
  • Application Date: 5/31/2015
  • Club Name (Primary): Greeneville
  • Club Name 2: Greeneville-Morning
  • Club Name 3: Greeneville
  • Club Name 4: Greeneville-Morning
  • Project Name: Rotary Rural Resources Pavilion
  • Project Total Cost: $12,000.00
  • Grant Amount Requested: $6,000.00
  • Describe the Project, its location and its objectives: The two Rotary Clubs of Greeneville propose to build an open air pavilion at Rural Resources in Greene County. The pavilion, on the Rural Resources Farm, will be at the site of the former activities barn which was deconstructed two years ago because it was structurally unsound. The site sits on the banks of Holly Creek, on a small rise that is safe from flooding. The Rotary Rural Resources Pavilion will provide a covered area for participants in the agency’s Farm Day Camp, which brings children out to the farm to learn about agriculture (a key industry in our area) and where their food comes from. The Pavilion will serve the agency’s Farm & Food Teen Training Program, providing a space for the teens from low income families to gather, to work together, to hold their “Chef Wars” cooking competition, and to demonstrate their skills for various groups. The Pavilion will also serve as a covered picnic shelter for the many gatherings held at Rural Resources. Among these are summer picnics to which Rural Resources invites and transports residents of government housing out to the farm for an evening of good food, music and fellowship.
  • Expected Start Date: 9/11/2015
  • Expected End Date: 3/31/2016
  • Expected Number of Beneficiaries: 400
  • Describe how the project will benefit the community and/or improve the lives of the less fortunate: The mission of Rural Resources is to connect farms, food, and families by facilitating learning experiences to preserve farmland, natural resources, and sustainable agriculture practices to build a vibrant local food economy.
    Rural Resources serves 40-50 at-risk teenagers each year, allowing them to experience all a farm has to offer: gardening, animal care and usage, land preservation, composting, and organic farming practices. In the Farm and Food Training Program they will gain a better understanding of what food is through growing and raising the ingredients themselves, then learning from local chefs how to prepare it. Some teens move on to the next level of the training and learn to run their own small food-related business. Through teaching our youth both where their food comes from and how they can grow and prepare it at home in a more limited space, Rural Resources empowers them to become more self-reliant in providing food and income for themselves and their families.
    For over 20 years, Rural Resources has offered a unique learning opportunity to children in Greene County and surrounding East Tennessee through the Farm Day Camp. Placed in age appropriate groups, they spend a week immersed in a working, educational farm, learning about plants, animals, food, and the natural world. Along the way, they have plenty of opportunities for fun activities like craft-making, swimming in our creek, and good old playing in the dirt!
    The Mobile Market brings fresh food from the farm to town – and to many folks, particularly those living in government housing, who do not have transportation to a grocery store to purchase such items. This connection led to Seasonal Suppers, and bringing those who don’t have transportation out to the farm on school busses to enjoy a healthy picnic meal, live music, and good conversation.
  • Expected Total Project Volunteer Hours: 300
  • Describe the Rotarian hands-on activities in the project (i.e. non-financial participation): Rotarians will be involved in many aspects of the project. First, members of both clubs will be involved in the planning and design of the pavilion, and in fund raising for the project and grant match. Rotarians will be involved in recruiting volunteers to participate in the “barn raising” for the Pavilion, as well as volunteering for construction duties themselves. For those who are not cut out for typical construction tasks, we will have Rotarians keeping work crews organized, informed and safe, constructing picnic tables, providing water and refreshments for our construction crews and fetching needed items. Rotarians will also document the progress of the project and work with local media outlets to promote the project.

  • Describe the publicity plan to inform the general public that this is a Rotary sponsored project: The Greeneville Rotary Clubs anticipate the following media placements related to the Pavilion project. Each will come jointly from the two Greeneville Rotary Clubs and, where appropriate, will involve Rural Resources as well.
    • News release when grant is received.
    • News release(s) when significant ($250 or more) sponsorships for the project are received
    • News release(s) regarding, covering, and reporting success of fund raisers for the project
    • News release(s) recruiting volunteers for the “barn raising”
    • Media packets provided to all local media outlets (print, radio, television) on the Pavilion project in advance of the construction, along with invitations to attend the build and interview key stakeholders, including Rotary members, Rural Resources staff and beneficiaries
    • The Rotary Seal, the names of the two Rotary Clubs, Rotary District 7570 and other key donors listed on one side wall of the building (this is actually a moveable barn-style door that will provide a backdrop for music events and slide open for a view of Holly Creek.)
    • News release(s) on the project completion, as well as at the first events in the new Rotary Rural Resources Pavilion
    • Speaking engagements on local radio and television programs to promote the project
  • Cooperating Organizations – Please list each cooperating organization, if any: Rural Resources
  • Letter(s) of Participation: Grnv Rotary ltr from Rural Resources.pdf
  • Project Expenditure Budget – list detail uses of funds for the project, or use the Budget Upload.Budget Uses of Funds
    Site Preparation donated
    Concrete 4,000.00
    Lumber 2,500.00
    Roofing materials 4,000.00
    Hardware and other materials 750.00
    Picnic tables materials 750.00
    Contractor services (electric, plumbing, job foreman) donated
    Construction services donated
    Total Project Expenditures $12,000.00
  • Project Funding Budget – list detail sources of funds for the project, or use the Budget UploadBudget Sources of Funds
    Requested Community Project Grant Amount $6,000.00
    Club Funds - Greeneville Morning Rotary Club 500.00
    Club Funds - Greeneville Noon Rotary Club 4,000.00
    Join Club Fundraisers - 1,500

    Total Project Sources $12,000
  • Budget Upload: Greeneville Collab Grant Budget 2015.xlsx
  • Primary Contact Name: Heather E. Patchett
  • Primary Contact Rotary Position: President, 2015-2016, Rotary club of Greeneville
  • Primary Contact Email: hpatchett1@gmail.com
  • Primary Contact Phone: 423-525-7927
  • Financial Contact Name: Pauline Adams
  • Financial Contact Rotary Position: Treasurer (proposed), 2015-2016, Rotary Club of Greeneville
  • Financial Contact Address: 
    P O Box 543
    Greeneville, TN 37744-0543
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  • Financial Contact Email: psamadams@comcast.net
  • Financial Contact Phone: 423-639-4664
  • Project Authorization Form: Grnv Coll Grant Proj Auth Ltr 2015.pdf
  • Supporting Uploads: pavilion sketch.pdf, Grnv Noon MOU Fdn 2015.pdf
  • Grant Number1516-C
  • Grant Award$6,000.00