Rotary clubs turn over more than $25,000 to local nonprofits |

Rotary clubs turn over more than $25,000 to local nonprofits

There were many smiles, handshakes and checks exchanged last Friday as the Glenwood Springs Rotary clubs, in partnership with Safeway and Wal-Mart, distributed $25,665 to local nonprofit organizations. The grant money was raised from sales of the 2002 Rotary Discount Card. The card, which costs $120, provides discounts on purchases on items such as groceries, gasoline, furniture and dry cleaning.

The Glenwood Rotary clubs distribute proceeds of the sales to organizations that serve the local community. The Discount Card program has been around for about ten years.

“The Rotary model is service above self and this is a service to the community,” said Glenwood Friday Noon Club President-Elect Rick McClellan. Joining McClellan for the presentations was Glenwood Tuesday Morning Club President-Elect Peter Jeschofnig.

Of the more than $25,000 distributed, $8,000 came from Wal-Mart, through its community matching-grants program. Safeway, as the anchor partner for the discount card program, offers a 5 percent discount to card-holders. A total of 20 local businesses help support card sales – and in turn the community – by offering year-round discounts on services and merchandise.

There are currently more than 100 members in the two Rotary clubs in Glenwood. Worldwide, there are more than 30,000 clubs whose members carry on club, vocational, community and international service.

The following organizations were grant recipients from sales of the 2002 Discount Card: Youth Zone, $5,000; Colorado Mountain College First Ascent Youth Leadership Program, $3,000; The Traveler Senior and Disabled Transportation, $3,000; Habitat for Humanity, $2,500; Garfield County 4H Program, $2,135; Family Visitor Program, $2,000; Roaring Fork Education Foundation, $2,000; Garfield County Immunization Program, $1,500; Glenwood Springs Family Resource Center, $1,500; Healthy Beginnings, $1,030; Boy Scout Troop 225, $1,000; Children’s Mini College, $1,000.

Applications for funding are accepted by the Glenwood Rotary clubs each fall, prior to sales of the new discount card.

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