A RECORD OF SERVICE SINCE 1980

 

While Rotary was originally founded in 1905 to be a club of business professionals who sought fellowship and networking among their peers, civic service was added to the club's constitution in 1906. Since that time, Rotary clubs throughout the world have come together to provide service to their local communities, and to others throughout the world. The Rotary Club of Barboursville is actively engaged in furthering Rotary's ideal of service.

 

Service takes on many different aspects: club contributions to local charities and groups with a need; sponsoring and organizing fund-raising events for our Club and other worthy causes; volunteering to participate in the activities of other service organizations and charities, to name a few. Following below is a partial list of some of our Club's service.

CHOICES is an interactive, decision-making workshop that empowers teens to achieve academic success in pursuit of their career and life aspirations. In two 50-minute sessions, Barboursville Rotarians take students through real-world exercises on academic self-discipline, time and money management, and goal setting. Young teens getting ready to start their high school careers discover that they can take charge of their lives. Our Club has been providing this presentation to eighth graders at Barboursville Middle School since 2006.

The Dictionary Project has been a yearly project of our Club since 2006. Each year, club members go to all the third grades in six  different elementary schools in eastern Cabell County, and distribute a dictionary to every student. (Other Rotary Clubs provide dictionaries to third graders in other parts of the County.) The goal of this program is to assist all students in completing the school year as better writers, active readers and creative thinkers by providing them with their own personal dictionary. The dictionaries are a gift to each student to use at school and at home for years to come. For some students, this is the first book they have ever owned!

Since 1987, our Club has been providing scholarships to students at Cabell Midland High School (formerly Barboursville High). Awards are determined based upon a student's demonstrated commitment to community service, an active participation in school events, and the ability to communicate these personal standards. Applicants submit a written personal profile and essay on the ideal of service, which are reviewed by a team of club members, who selects candidates for personal interviews. The team selects the students who have best met the criteria of these scholarships to receive the $1500 award.

 

The Club also recognizes four students, one from each grade year, each month of the school year, as Cabell Midland Students-of-the Month. These students attend a regular Club meeting, have lunch with members, and address the group to describe their activities and plans. Students are awarded recognition certificates.

Project Helping Hand aims to assist area teachers in improving the educational experience they provide by giving grants of up to $500 for resources that are outside their normal budgets. Teachers outline their requests and Members of our committee choose which projects we will fund.

Every Christmas, the Club donates funds and shops for presents that are given to children at the Huntington City Mission.

 

Another yearly tradition is to ring Bells for the Salvation Army at the Barboursville Mall.

The Club has been providing support services to The St. Mary's Triathlon and the Marshall Marathon for many years. The Club also provides people-power to other area events, including the yearly Barboursville FallFest Parade and the Regional Soccer Tournaments that take place at the Barboursville Soccer Facilities.

Every Easter, the Club donates the funds and shops and wraps then delivers Easter Baskets for the students at the Barboursville School, a resident facility located at the Barboursville Park.

 

The Club also provides a monthly speaker to address the resident students about careers and life skills.

 

Our Club, along with other Clubs in our District and Clubs along the East coast, supports water, sanitation, and vocational education projects in Ghana, West Africa.

Our Club and many Members actively support the work of the Nicaragua Education, Shelter and Health Fund (NESH), begun by two of our Members to improve the lives and education of the working poor in Nicaragua. By providing funding for the education of over 20 students, and for the building of many homes, improvements to orphanages and schools, among other activities, the small group of active volunteers has helped a large number of people in one of the poorest countries in the hemisphere.

In 2003, the Club donated the funding for the new Barboursville Elementary School's outdoor sign and supporting planter. The Club replants it every year.

In December, 2003, the Club committed to raising $25,000, before the end of the month, in order to secure a commitment from the Huntington Area Habitat for Humanity to begin spring construction of the Barboursville area's first Habitat home. And, by Dec. 31st, the Club had well exceeded that goal, raising nearly $30,000.

 

The Club worked in conjunction with area churches in raising the additional funds that were required to complete the build.

 

Construction did begin the following March, and included many Club members as part of the building team. The completed home was dedicated on Sunday, May 2, 2004.

ShelterBox is an international aid organization that provides shelter and life-saving equipment. This unique private relief agency instantly responds to earthquake, volcano, flood, hurricane, cyclone, tsunami or conflict and has provided help in over 100 disasters in more than 90 countries.  It has become the largest Rotary club project in the world, with affiliates in countries across the globe.

Each box supplies an extended family of up to 10 people with a tent and lifesaving equipment to use while they are displaced or homeless.

 

In 2010, in response to the earthquake in Haiti, our Club raised over $5,000 to send five ShelterBoxes to assist in relief efforts. Our Club has also provided ShelterBoxes to other disaster relief efforts in the past, beginning with the tsunami in India in 2004.

In 1993, the Club raised over $10,000 to build a picnic shelter at the Barboursville Park. Besides working at various fund raising activities and soliciting materials, members also were active participants in the actual construction of this 50 person shelter.

 

Today, club members still volunteer time to provide regular maintenance on the pathway that leads to the shelter.

 

In 1996, the Club also raised funds to construct the entranceway to the park.

PROVIDING FELLOWSHIP, COMMUNITY & INTERNATIONAL SERVICE SINCE DECEMBER,1980