Rotary wraps year of service

ALBANY, Ga. -- The Dougherty County Rotary Club wrapped up their 2009-10 year of service Tuesday at Doublegate Country Club with a presentation from club president, Mary Ligon.

The focus of the club's service projects this year has been on literacy and poverty while continuing their support of youth programs, clean water and disaster response. Locally, the club has invested more than $25,000 in literacy, poverty, youth related and other local projects during the last 12 months.

The Dougherty County Rotary Club has also supported two international projects, one in India and one in Liberia, totaling $4,550. Rotary International's commitment to end polio has been supported with more than $2,300 from the Dougherty club.

"The Dougherty County Rotary Club is making a difference with financial support and direct involvement in areas important to the future of our community," Ligon said.

The financial investment in our community is enhanced by the hands on involvement of club members in service projects. Members have been involved in reading to third grade students, picking up trash along the Flint River, ringing a bell for the Salvation Army and delivering presents to SOWEGA Council on Aging clients through the club's Santa for Senior's project.

In addition, the club also hosted a college student from Sweden for the year and several business leaders from India for a few days, providing club members an opportunity for international networking.