The Smithville Rotary Club raised thousands of dollars during their annual fish fry Saturday at Greenbrook Park and the money generated will go back to the community to help meet various needs.
Many prizes were also awarded to ticket holders including $1,000 in cash which went to Brett and Sherree Curtis of Smithville. Bruce Medley was the winner of $500.
Stephanie Wyss, President of the Smithville Rotary Club, says all available tickets were sold this year and she wishes to thank everyone for their support. "We raised somewhere between five and six thousand dollars this year. That's normally what we do every year. We sold all our tickets. We were just thrilled, especially with all the businesses that came out and supported us this year."
"What we normally do is return the profits to the community. We give away scholarships. For the high school seniors, we're giving three, $750 scholarships. We also put the money to use in various other ways as far as supporting kids sports teams, soccer teams, tee ball teams, and more. We just like to make sure that we give back to the kids. One of the big events that we do every Christmas is that we give food baskets to a lot of the elderly people that receive meals on wheels. We just enjoy those kinds of programs. We look for different ways to make sure those monies go 100% back to the community. We just like to stay available for needs that present themselves".
"One of the things we're going to be spending a lot of energy with this year is starting our Interact Club at the high school. We want to make sure that whatever resources they need, those kids have it. Interact is a high school version of a Rotary Club. It is for the kids and it's completely done by the kids. They choose their own community service projects and fundraisers. We're going to be there to support them to make sure that gets off the ground this year."
Wyss says the Rotary Club is always in search of good, active members. "We have eleven strong and faithful members and we are looking for anyone who has any interest in knowing a little more about Rotary. We meet every Tuesday night at 6:30 p.m. Feel free to come out and join us. Our location is on Golf Club Drive. We're right next to the tennis courts and across the street from the city pool."
Rotary is a worldwide organization of more than 1.2 million business, professional, and community leaders. Members of Rotary clubs, known as Rotarians, provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and help build goodwill and peace in the world.
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