President Stan DeMerritt gave the Plainview Rotary Club an excellent wrap up report for the Club’s 2015-2016 Rotary Year. The club participated in numerous projects throughout the year that built goodwill and friendship in the community.
Highlights include the delivery of over 600 dictionaries to every third grade student in Hale County, supporting Read Across America with the Hale County Literacy Council, enhancing Plainview Independent School District effectiveness with a “Perfect Attendance” award program, participating in the Healthy Kids 2020 program of Covenant Hospital, donating two Shelter Boxes currently deployed in Cameroon, and delivering Meals on Wheels each week.
Additionally, two exchange students were supported, one to Japan and one from Japan. Scholarships were given to a Diabetic Camp student, several Rotary Youth Leadership Award recipients, ten Rotary Students of the Month, and several Wayland students through the WBU Rotary Scholarship Fund.
The Club’s 71 members participated in these various projects including the main fundraiser, the annual Running Water Draw Arts & Crafts Festival.
President Stan summed up the Club’s value to the community when he said, “We are a vibrant club. The Rotary Club of Plainview, Texas exemplifies the motto of ‘Service Above Self’ and has truly been a gift to the world. There is still more to do. More folks to invite that may be ignited by the service opportunities Rotary affords. More funds to raise that will assist providing additional services to our community as well as regionally, nationally, and abroad. Every Plainview Rotarian wants to, in the words of the Rotary International theme, ‘Be a Gift to the World’ through ‘Service Above Self.’”