Learn about some of our past community service projects:
2012: Fishing at Rotary Park
A new Community Service project has been instituted this year, Fishing at Rotary Park. Teaming with the Boys and Girls Club of Kingston, Rotarians are involved with introducing young mid-town children to the joys of fishing.
Fishing is a wholesome activity that gets you out into nature and teaches stewardship, perseverance and respect for life. Once hooked, fishing provides the opportunity for a lifetime of rewarding activity that focuses on the direct relationship between people and their natural surroundings.
Club members join their young charges once a month during the summer and early autumn at the Rotary Park at Kinston Point for a morning’s fishing activity. The children are introduced to the basics of the sport with equipment donated by Gander Mountain. The boys and girls, accompanied by a Boys and Girls Club staff person are transported down to the park in their van where they are joined by Rotary volunteers.
Once they master the rudimentary elements of the sport, the children are encouraged to return to the park to fish. Rotary Park provides one of the very few locations in all of Kingston where fishing is permitted.
2012: Jail Reading Project
The Rotary Club of Kingston, working with the support and cooperation of staff from the Kingston Area Library and the Ulster County Jail, is involved with a new Community Service project to provide reading materials to inmates. Paperback books donated by the library are sorted by topic and reading levels by Rotarian volunteers. The books are then transported monthly by the Rotary to Jail, where they are circulated by a Corrections Officer.
Volunteers from the Ulster Literacy Program are engaged programs at the jail to foster the development of reading and writing skills among the inmates. This new Rotary project dovetails nicely with efforts to promote grown and learning during this otherwise difficult time in the inmate’s lives.
Congratulations and best wishes to our 2012 scholarship winners: Fatima Khan, Destiny Johnson, David Schillinger, Kyle Knuffke and Maranda Rios-Quick!