The KCI Rotary Club recently presented $5,000 to support two Platte County efforts helping families and children in need.
At a weekly meeting Nov. 9, President Donice Mahan presented two checks to Mary Jo Vernon. Vernon is director of the Platte County Health Department, which coordinates a countywide Back to School program and the Day of Hope.
Both programs provide necessities and supplies for needy families and children in Platte County. The school program helps children get ready for school each year by ensuring they have the necessary supplies. The Day of Hope provides necessities and other items for needy families before the holidays. Now in its fifth year, the 2016 Day of Hope will be Dec. 3.
“We already have 1,500 people signed up,” Vernon said. “Platte County is generally thought of as an affluent area, but one-third of our children are in families that are struggling.”
Mahan said the Rotarians are proud to support such efforts. “This is one of the ways we are involved in the community,” she said. “These are important efforts for Platte County and we’re proud to help.”
Mahan also joined with Past President Scott Pfeifer to present the local group with a regional honor, the Klinginsmith Cup. Named after Ray Klinginsmith, who served as president of Rotary International in 2010, the cup is awarded to the chapter that achieves significant contributions to the Rotary Foundation and meets Presidential Citation goals.
“KCI Rotary club is actively involved in our community both on a local level and internationally,” Mahan said. “It is nice to be recognized for our efforts to live the rotary motto, ‘Service Above Self.’”
KCI Rotary meets at Granite City Pub and Brewery, Zona Rosa, at noon each Wednesday. For more information, visit www.kcirotaryclub.com.