The Rotary Club of Griffin has partnered with the Rotary Club of Roswell in contributing to matching funds for a Global Grant.The grant will fund a water project in the Darien region of Panama.Water distribution systems are being provided to two communities.Solea Water, a non-profit organization working in the Darien region of Panama is managing the project which will be a sustainable WASH development promoting household water filtration to provide potable water.They require a high level of contribution from the local community to include labor and materials.
The Rotary Club of Griffin for the past 10 years has sponsored the Georgia Laws of Life Essay Contest. Members of the club volunteer to judge essays and the club financially sponsors the contest at Griffin High School and AZ Kelsey .
Students who participate in the Laws of Life Essay Contest select a saying that is a "Law of Life" and use that saying to examine and write about key life lessons and core character values such as honesty, generosity, courage, compassion and perseverance. The contest reflects Rotary's emphasis on values, high ethical standards and service to others.
As a continuation of our earlier Spalding County Dog Park project where the club donated time and materials for the construction and completion of our Dog Park, the Rotary Club of Griffin has had a Little Free Library constructed by a local tradesman. The Little Free Libraries located all across the community have proven very popular so the club decided that the Dog Park would be a perfect location for another. At a cost of $550 the Little Free Library our club sponsored is made of very durable cypress wood with sliding plexiglass doors alleviated the need for hinges and made to be low maintenance. Once erected by the County, the Rotary Club of Griffin will continue to monitor the condition of the Little Free Library and keep in stocked with books. The entire board provided input into the design of this Little Free Library and three of our members directed the construction and ultimate placement of the Library at the Dog Park.
The Rotary Club of Griffin utilized funds that were not spent on meeting meals to provide a meal to all of the 463 local Wellstar Hospital staff and 20 Emergency 911 personnel. Lunch was provided to the 263 day shift employees and 207 dinners were provided to the 207 evening shift employees. The club used the catering service that provides our meeting meals and this project enabled them to stay in business and pay their employees; some who had been out of work. This also helped our catering service.
Every January since 2004, the Rotary Club of Griffin has collaborated with the American Red Cross to sponsor a blood drive. On January 28, 2021, Griffin Rotarians once again rolled up their sleeves to give the gift of life. It is impossible to quantify this contribution!
The Rotary Club of Griffin annually supports the Salvation Army by donating money and time to the Kettle Drive and the local Distribution Center. Rotarians, family and friends staffed the kettle at the Griffin Kroger from November 30, 2020 through December 24, 2020 for a total of 170 hours. Salvation Army committee co-chairs Katherine Smith, Natalie Marshal and Eric Worrell solicited 44 Griffin Rotarians to ring the bell at the kettle tallying 88 hours to ring the bell.
The Rotary Club of Griffin continued a long standing relationship with Southern Crescent Technical College by committing $1,500 to the school to aid qualified and deserving students selected by faculty by paying their remaining tuition allowing them to graduate on time with their diploma. The Rotary Club of Griffin and partnered with SCTC in the past by donating money to assist students by paying for their GED graduation test. Southern Crescent Technical School (Formerly Griffin Technical School) has been a member of the Griffin community for decades and has expanded and grown to serve thousands of students in a multi-county area in a broad range of studies.