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Posted by Wayne Wilhelm on Dec 01, 2013
From left: Bartlee Norton, Bradley County Youth Basketball; Dustin Tommey, Habitat for Humanity; Ivy Lawrence, PCL; Matt Carlson, Habitat for Humanity; Johnny McDaniel, Bradley County Schools; Shenna Newman, Bradley County Schools; Chrissy Jones, BICC; Pam Nelson, Rotary Club of Cleveland President; Wayne Wilhelm, 2013 Cleveland Rotary Foundation President; Lindsey Armstrong, The Family Kitchen; Brenda Hughes, BICC; Denise Wright, Tri-State Therapeutic Riding Center; Sarah Haratine, United Way of Bradley County.
Photo by Allen Mincey
The Cleveland Rotary Foundation has awarded almost $38,000 in grants to local agencies for projects planned in 2014. The foundation’s grant awards amount for this year represents an increase of 31% over last year’s total of $29,000. According to Cleveland Rotary Foundation President, Wayne Wilhelm, the increase reflects the success of our annual Community Auction and the hard work of our auction committee, the generosity of our local Rotarians and community supporters.
Local non-profits and community agencies are invited to participate in the selection process during August with an application submission deadline of September 30. During the month of November, the foundation’s Board of Directors meets to evaluate and rank the grant applications using a weighted average scoring system. The scoring system is designed to measure the potential effectiveness of projects when measured against a set of predetermined evaluation criteria which includes how closely the project matches worldwide Rotary International areas of focus.
This year the Cleveland Rotary Foundation received a total of 23 applications for projects valued at over $675,000. The foundation was specifically asked for $108,093.76 to fund the 23 projects with the remainder to come from external sources. The individual project costs ranged from $1,300 to $250,000.
Ultimately, eight excellent grant applications were selected for approval:
- Bradley County Youth Basketball - Outdoor basketball court at Arnold Elementary School.
Bradley County Youth Basketball is planning to build an outdoor basketball court at Arnold Elementary School. The court will benefit 370 students at Arnold in addition to the local community. Rotarian, Jonathan Cantrell of Caldwell Paving is donating labor and equipment for the construction of the court. CRF grant amount: $4,679. Total project value: $9,179.
- Bradley County Schools - LEADERS for Life, Voyage to Greatness Community Celebration.
“LEADERS for Life” is a system-wide initiative focusing on building leaders in the Bradley County School System. The projects targets 4,500 students in kindergarten through the 5th grade. CRF grant amount: $5,000. Total project value: $5,000.
- Bradley Initiative for Church and Community - BICC Transitions Program .
The BICC Transitions Program provides skills, support and encouragement for building strong and cohesive families as students transition from elementary to middle and high school. These transition times are known to be periods when youth are most vulnerable to negative influences. CRF grant amount: $3,000. Total project value: $70,417.
- Habitat for Humanity - Impact Cleveland.
“Impact Cleveland” is a neighborhood revitalization initiative aimed at empowering families and giving struggling and declining neighborhoods the needed tools, assets and resources to build vibrant, healthy homes and communities. The CRF grant will fund three of the 30 home repair projects anticipated by the program which covers six city blocks. CRF grant amount: $4,500. Total project value: $180,000.
- People for Care and Learning - Greenway Restroom Project.
PCL is planning a second restroom for the Cleveland/Bradley County Greenway. The proposed facility will be located near the greenway on property that the Church of God International has deeded to the city. The restroom is projected to be completed by May 15, 2014. CRF grant amount: $10,500. Total project value: $20,000.
- The Family Kitchen - Serving Meals to the Homeless.
The Family Kitchen is a new organization attempting to fill the gap between other organizations in feeding our community’s homeless population. The CRF grant will allow the organization to increase their services from one to possibly three days per week. CRF grant amount: $6,000. Total project value: $6,000.
- Tri-State Therapeutic Riding Center - At-Risk Youth Ropes Course
The Ropes Course project funds will be utilized by the Cleveland High School Interact Club to construct a ropes course for at-risk teenagers. The course will focus on building character and highlighting students strengths. CHS Interact will work with Tri-State Therapeutic Riding Center leadership to design and implement obstacles. Stanford University has funded a full-time intern to dedicated to the implementation of the project as well. CRF grant amount: $1,100. Total project value: $2,100.
- United Way of Bradley County - Learning Trails.
“Learning Trails” provides developmental resources for caregivers and children at local parks. Four parks are slated to receive the project’s resources, including: Mosby Park, Fletcher Park, the Blythe Family Support Center and the Cleveland/Bradley County Greenway. The program seeks to improve academic performance by providing children with learning opportunities before they enter school and outside the classroom. CRF grant amount: $3,180. Total project value: $5,180.
The Cleveland Rotary Foundation is a Section 501(c)(3) corporation operated and controlled by members of the Rotary Club of Cleveland. The foundation has funded over $110,000 in local community projects during the past four years.
Posted by Patrick Long
Preserving natural beauty and history are at the heart of Foothills Land Conservancy’s mission. Elise Eustace presented information about the organization to the Rotary Club of Cleveland on Tuesday. The organization helps homeowners who want to preserve their land in an undeveloped state. The most popular way to do this is to set land aside as a conservation easement. “It has to have in its essence natural beauty. It has to be part of a view shed. It has to have some kind of historic relevancy. It has to have some kind of intrinsic natural value,” Eustace said. While many landowners pass their property on to the next generation, some bequeath their land to the nonprofit conservancy organization. Eustace said the land has to meet additional requirements for the organization accept it.
Read more: Cleveland Daily Banner - Rotary Club of Cleveland Conservancy protects state s natural beauty
Posted by Patrick Long
Our speaker for the October 12th meeting was Dr. David Kelly who currently serves as the Director of Tennessee Head Start for the Family Resource Agency in Cleveland, Tennessee. He will be sharing a look into the positive role early childhood plays in the lives of underprivileged children. Highlighting the partnership between TN Head Start, Cleveland City and Bradley County Schools, and Lee and CSCC. A model program which saves local taxpayers $1.5M annually.
Posted by Wayne Wilhelm on Jan 24, 2013
| Rotary Numbers || From Where |
|1,216,779* ||Rotarians Worldwide |
|34,416* ||Rotary Clubs |
|530 ||Rotary Districts |
|9,539 ||Rotaract Clubs |
|219,397 ||Rotaract Members |
|14,963 ||Interact Clubs |
|344,149 ||Interact Members |
|7,515 ||Rotary Community Corps |
|172,845 ||RCC Members |
As of September 28, 2012
*As of November 30, 2012
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Posted by Wayne Wilhelm