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Rotary members staying active in community

Several events are coming up; other programs underway

HENNEPIN — Putnam County Rotary Secretary Scott Shore recently provided an update on the group’s activities and also shared some of the details regarding upcoming projects and events to benefit the local community.

Members of the Putnam County Rotary recently visited the third-graders of Putnam County Elementary School for the 13th annual distribution of free student dictionaries.

Use of the dictionaries is worked into the curriculum so the students learn how to get the most out of their new educational gift. This program is part of the national Rotary’s efforts to encourage and support literacy and educational growth.

Following the presentation of the dictionaries, the enthusiastic students were challenged through a series of fun games requiring them to find words, definitions and other information contained within the dictionaries that include an atlas, weights and measurements, U.S. and world history, astronomy and more.

Earlier in September, the Putnam County High School Interact Club hosted a blood drive in tribute of Sept. 11, which brought in a total of 36 donors. The drive collected 24 units of blood for the Red Cross, and there were 13 first-time donors among the participating students.

Shore also reported the family of Rotarian Brandy Sandberg is currently hosting a full-year exchange student, the first in 17 years, at their home in McNabb.

Valentina Daza Gutierrez is visiting from Colombia through the Rotary Exchange Program and is attending Putnam County High School this year as a senior. Shore said the talented Gutierrez will ideally experience two more host homes during her time in the United States per the Rotary’s hosting guidelines, which are intended to provide the broadest experience possible.

World Polio Day

The Putnam County Rotary is working with other area clubs to possibly host a joint fundraising event in recognition of World Polio Day on Oct. 24. More details will be announced as they are made available.

“The PCHS Interact Club will host this year’s all-county Halloween parade and party with kids’ carnival games and activities, on Sunday, Oct. 20, at the McNabb Fire Station and Goldasich Hall,” Shore said.

He said the event will likely be held from 1 to 3 p.m. on Oct. 20. The day may also include a pumpkin-carving event for all eight to nine Youth Exchange Students in the Rotary District. Shore added it would be a first experience for nearly all of them.

An evening Bunco fundraising event, “BUNCOWEEN,” is scheduled for Friday, Nov. 1, at Putnam County High School.

This year’s Putnam County Rotary Grant Project is to provide a “Little Free Pantry” to the Putnam County Community Center in Standard. This mini-food pantry will be available all week, every week, to help provide extra food in a pinch for seniors and residents in need. It will include both a food cabinet and a new refrigerator.

Putnam County Rotarians are working with the Peru Rotary to establish a new “Rotaract Club” at Illinois Valley Community College.

This club will fill the step between the high school Interact Clubs and Rotary membership. Shore reported several meetings have been held with administrators at the college and that there’s a core group of charter members who are ready to go.

A charter event will likely be held on campus in November. The Peru Rotary is sponsoring the new club, and two of its members will be serving as the faculty advisers at IVCC.

For more information about Putnam County Rotary projects or membership, email PutnamCountyRotary@gmail.com or visit www.rotary.org. 

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