Civic groups always strive to serve

Published 5:47 pm Friday, October 4, 2019

This past Thursday, members of the Rotary Club of Franklin cooked up steaks for dozens of first responders in Western Tidewater. They didn’t do it all alone. Thankfully, the Auxiliary members of the Charles R. Yount American Legion Post 73 were there to cook, bake and serve. That event is one of several ways the local Rotarians give back.

Chiefly, the annual Bowl-a-thon is scheduled for next February, which is the club’s only fundraiser. The money goes to multiple organizations, such as the Franklin Cooperative Ministry and Blackwater Robotics. So, when you hear the call to participate, put on your bowling shoes and come on down.

We’re also impressed the club continues to be involved in the international effort to eradicate polio worldwide. True, it’s not an issue that directly affects Western Tidewater, but as long as polio exists, we’re not isolated from the threat.

This also brings to mind that there so many civic and even social organizations that each have their individual fundraisers — bingo, fish fries, steak dinners, you name it. They are offered not just for food, fellow and fun, but to dedicate generated money to more local causes, such as equipment and uniforms for little leagues, or cancer support.

We commend Rotarians and all such groups to continue their mission of service. Your efforts are invaluable.