Community service recognition<
Community service projects Rotary presenters and recipients are pictured (l to r): Bill Fortune (Carpenter's Helpers of Nitro), Chet Marshall, Melissa Ballard (HOBY national conference assistance for son Mason who is Poca High sophomore), Tina Brumfield, Cathy Stark (Leff Moore Scholarship for Tri-County Y), Robert Keely, Joni Prince (Arts in Action), Randy Lucas, Tom Midkiff, Ben Newhouse and Hannah Hange-Johnson (City of Hurricane Manager and Administrative Assistant, REACH Workcamp scholarship). Stark and Prince are Rotarians.

Rotary grants awarded for local projects

June 23, 2009

Several grants were awarded today by Putnam Rotary as part of its community service recognition program.

Bill Fortune received a check for $300 to support home repairs for the needy in the Nitro area. The grant will help pay for gasoline for the work van used by Carpenter's Helpers.

Melissa Ballard received a check for $250 to help her son Mason represent Putnam County in the Hugh O'Brian Youth Leadership national conference. Mason Ballard in a sophomore at Poca High School.

Cathy Stark, Executive Director of the Tri-County Y. received a check for $500 for the Leff Moore Scholarship Fund. The grant will help needy youth attend summer camp.

Joni Prince, President of Arts-in-Action, received an award of $500 to assist with scholarships for needy children in several Arts camps this year. The organization is sponsoring at present an Artistic Discovery Camp which teaches drama, singing, dancing and art.

Hurricane City Manager Ben Newhouse and Administrative Assistant Hannah Hage-Johnson received a contribution of $399, the out-of-pocket cost for a particiant in the REACH workcamp. The local camp, sponsored by the city and several area churches, will host young people coming from around the country to make home repairs for needy families in Putnam County.

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