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Rotary hears about the Salvation Army at Thursday meeting

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Photo provided by Kenneth Dwain Harrelson

At Thursday’s Rotary meeting, Kent Armstrong introduced Don Winkleman as the program. Don, in his spare time, heads up the local Salvation Army. He told the club that the organization helps people in time of need. They help with rent, utilities, food, medication and transportation. He noted that with limited funds he tries to help out as many people as possible. The Salvation Army is like a stopgap in which the people in need of help are helped until a more permanent solution is found. He told members that in the recent bell ringing campaign, a total of $22,750 was raised. He noted that this was the 16th bell ringing and the first bell ringing raised $4,400. Rotary raised $4,443 in one day this past December. Before closing, Don told Rotarians that the Lions Club will hold a Valentine’s dinner on February 13th from 4-7PM at the Emanuel Church. Also, WADI will hold a community partner luncheon at the Crossroads Bible Church on February 9th.

In club business, President Tom read a donation request from Carmi Summer Recreational League to sponsor a team this summer. The Rotarians unanimously approved the donation. Also, the club discussed a scheduling conflict that Randy Adams brought up and approved moving the Trivia Contest from March 12th to March 19th. In the 50/50 drawing, Kent Armstrong was the lucky person to get to draw the correct ball and did select the pink ball to take the large pot. Morris McCall named Kenny Harrelson the phantom. Andy Williams and Little Giant prepared a delicious meal for the Rotarians Pictures are provided by Kenny Harrelson. The club meets at noon on Thursday at the First United Methodist Church. Anyone wishing to get involved is encouraged to come help Rotary with the many local projects and charities that are supported.