Winfield Rotary Club receives Community Cornerstone Award
CornerBank has announced that the Winfield Rotary Club is the Community Cornerstone Award recipient for the month of January. In recognition of their accomplishments, CornerBank will contribute $100 to the Winfield Rotary Club to support community development projects.
During the past 46 years, the local club has given more than $95,000 in college scholarships from a fund established upon the death of former District Governor and Winfield Rotarian Ted Pile by the Pile family. Donations from club members continue to increase the fund.
In addition to the scholarships, the Club's community service projects are many and varied. In the mid-1960s, the Club constructed a picnic pavilion at Island Park. Since 1994, Winfield Rotary has organized, coordinated and raised the necessary funds for the local Fourth of July celebration. Winfield Rotarians are actively involved with the Isle of Lights. The Club purchased one of the original displays, help erect the display each year and help staff the main gate each Sunday evening during the holiday season.
In 2002, the Club introduced a project called "Flags on Holidays." For a cost of $30 per year, an area resident can have an American flag displayed at his residence on five major holidays. The flags, owned by the Club, are placed at the curb at each residence in the morning, taken down in late afternoon and stored until the next holiday.
RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards) is a structured program for young people ages 14 to 18 with a purpose to encourage personal, leadership and motivational development. Additionally, the Club distributes books to new parents at William Newton Hospital and to kindergartners in Winfield Public Schools. The Club donated a playground structure at the Winfield Aquatic Center and played an integral role in the building of the Island Park Community Playground.
The Winfield Rotary Club began in 1918, only 13 years after the original club was organized in Chicago by Paul P. Harris and his three associates. Rotary members are responsible for the four avenues of service, which include the club, vocational, community and international.
Winfield Rotary Club was selected for the award by the Community Cornerstone Award selection committee, which includes Roger Lungren, Phyllis Hearn, Jill Long, Sheryle Ohm, Nancy Tredway and Ned Graham. All are previous recipients of the Cornerstone Award. Volunteers are the cornerstones of healthy communities. The Community Cornerstone Award recognizes the time and effort of volunteers dedicated to serving people and enhancing the quality of life in Cowley County. To make a nomination contact Ev Bowman at 221-1650 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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