Rotary Club gives over $120,000 back to community

FRONT ROYAL — The Front Royal Rotary Club announced at a ceremony on Friday that the club had given $126,370 back to local charities and groups from July 2017 to June 2018.

During the ceremony, the club gave money it had raised throughout the year to various organizations that continue to make an impact on the community.  Rick Novak, past club president,  spoke to the members in attendance about the hard work the club had done over the past year.

“It’s days like today that I am extremely proud to be a member of Rotary and this club in particular,” Novak said. 

Club Historian Doug Stanley noted during the ceremony that the club had directly given nearly $1.5 million in local and global contributions since 1980.

“From its beginning, this club has been part of building the community and, in the words of Rotary International President Barry Rassin, being the inspiration,” Stanley said. “As members of this club, you have seen firsthand the financial support that this club provides the community.”

One of the highlights of the presentation is the Annual Community Grant Application. Since 1976, the club gives its annual grant to an organization or organizations with activities that promote and enhance the quality of life for Front Royal and Warren County citizens. The Rotary Club has awarded 44 grants totaling $247,600 since the program began. This year’s recipients were the Front Royal Little League Organization, C-Cap of Front Royal, the Blue Ridge Heritage Project and the Front Royal Police Foundation.

Rotary Club President Kym Crump said she’s proud of the ongoing work the Rotary Club does with the other organizations.

“Warren County and Front Royal are indeed fortunate to have the work and commitment of so many wonderful nonprofit agencies in our community,” Crump said. “We applaud their programs and the quality of life they extend to us in their daily work. The Rotary Club of Front Royal is proud to be a partner in these worthwhile endeavors and thank all that support our programs throughout the year for making this all possible.”

Novak said he hopes that the hard work the club is doing continues into next year.

“As past president of the Rotary Club in Front Royal, I am very proud of what we’ve been able to accomplish over the last year and all of the organizations that we have supported. We look forward to doing it again next year,” Novak said.