• Winner: Second Place
  • Date: 2/1/2019
  • Rotary Year: 2018-2019
  • Award Category: Community Service
  • Club NameFront Royal
  • Member First NameKym
  • 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 since 1926 and is committed to community development and enhancing the quality of life through the ideals of Rotary and involvement in the following:
    o United Way Day of Caring- Aids homeowners in lawn cleanup, kitchen remodels, etc
    o Camp Fantastic- Prepares/serves dinner to a summer camp for children with Cancer
    o Doc Smith Baskets- Prepares baskets of food for families in need during the holidays
    o Backpack Buddies- Provides children with backpacks of food for the weekend, during the summer, or school breaks
    o Salvation Army Kettle Drive- Participation in annual kettle drive to support Salvation Army
    o Sponsored and participated in the local Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Walk
    o Virginia Blood Services Blood Drive – Sponsors annual blood drive for community
    o Adopt-A-Highway- 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 in the community
    o Dictionaries Project- Club purchased, personalized with bookplate from Front Royal Rotary - delivered to all public and private school 3rd graders in community (9 schools)
    o High School Mock Interviews- Members conduct interview scenarios for students preparing both for college and employment interviews
    o Scholarships to 4 Warren County seniors: 2 - 4-year University, 2 - Vocational Studies
    o Working in cooperation with Warren County Government on a Splash Pad Project at local park; and assisting in design for Warren County L.O.V.E Letters, which will highlight the Rotary Wheel as the “O”
    o Participating with Town of Front Royal in design of a Rotary Purple Polio Plus Garden in the historic downtown area
    o Awarded $126,370 into our local/global community: Miles of Smiles Dental Program ($3000); Miracle Kid Noelle Lung Transplant Patient Donation ($2500); Blue Ridge Heritage Chimney Project ($2000); Senior Citizen Fraud Protection Program ($500); and many others
    o Annual Grant program provided $6100 to Front Royal Little League for remodel of dugout/concession areas; and $2400 to CCAP for new laptops and food management software
    o Five Year Grant Recipient Ressie Jeffries Elementary School for new playground, Year One of $25,000 pledge
    o Operation Warm- Provides coats to school children in need, 2nd year program providing 140 coats to kids in need

  • Participation of Club Members: 
    United Way Community Day of Caring 20%
    Camp Fantastic 35%
    Doc Smith Baskets 80% (plus Interactors)
    Backpack Buddies 95%
    Salvation Army Kettle Drive 35%
    Juvenile Diabetes Walk 30%
    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%
    Annual Grant Program (Community) 80%
    Operation Warm 60%
    Community Funding Projects 80%
  • Resulting Benefits: 
    The Club’s expectations of involvement in community service activities are highlighted as one of the most rewarding experiences new and longtime members alike can have as a Rotarian. 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. It continues to be a goal of the Club to make the community aware of who Rotary is and how Rotary impacts the community, and through multifaceted efforts we are seeing more evidence of Rotary becoming known as a positive can-do community resource. We are more than a funding club, it takes a lot of member equity and support of our fundraising events to make the projects realities.
  • Video Link: https://youtu.be/FlrEMcZvG_U