UNION — The Union Rotary Club’s long tradition of supporting community organizations continued with this week with a total of $1,400 in donations to the Dixie Youth Baseball League, Union County YMCA, and Meals on Wheels.
Club Vice President Ben Loftis made the presentations Tuesday afternoon during the club’s weekly meeting at Covenant Baptist Church.
Loftis presented Dixie Youth Baseball League President Tommy Ford with a check for $400, pointing out the club’s many years of support for the league.
“The Rotary Club is happy to support many organizations in Union County,” Loftis said. “Dixie Youth is a partnership the club has had for decades having sponsored a team for many years.”
In accepting the check, Ford said that the club has been sponsoring a Dixie Youth team for between 50 and 55 years, adding that Rotary sponsored the team he played on in Buffalo in 1959.
“We appreciate them being a sponsor and supporting us this long,” Ford said.
Ford also briefed the club on the status of the league.
“Dixie Youth is in as good a shape as it has ever been,” Ford said. “We have 28 teams and we’ve got the 5 and 6 year old league which we call the Junor Machine Pitch. Our 7 and 8 year old league is the Senior Machine Pitch. Our 9 and 10 year olds are the Minors. Our 11 and 12 year olds are Ozone teams. Our 13 and 14 year olds are the Dixie Boys teams.”
Loftis presented Union County YMCA Director Scott Sandor with a check for $500, pointing out the important role the organization plays in the community.
“The YMCA is a very important local institution that provides health and fitness opportunities for the community and summer programming for the youth,” Loftis said.
Sandor thanked the club its donation, pointing out that it will help the YMCA assist people in the community who want to make use of its services but are not able to do so on their own.
“The contribution from Rotary helps support our annual campaign,” Sandor said. “The revenue from the annual campaign allows us to provide financial assistance to those in the community who wish to participate in our programs but do not have the financial means to do so or have other extenuating circumstances.”
Meals On Wheels
Loftis presented Meals on Wheel Chairperson Lynne Mornane with a check for $500, pointing out that the group attends to more than just the physical needs of those it serves.
“Meals on Wheels provides valuable service to many residents in the community by providing meals as well as opportunities for fellowship,” Loftis said.
Mornane thanked Rotary for its donation, pointing out that Meals on Wheels helps see to the well-being of those it serves beyond providing them with meals.
“We would like to thank Rotary for giving us the check,” Mornane said. “I want people know that Meals on Wheels is more than just giving people meals, it’s a wellness check. For some of these people were are the only persons who see them. So our drivers, if they see something wrong they will call and we’ll notify the hospital or their doctors and get them checked out.”
In addition to thanking Rotary, Mornane also thanked Wallace Thomson Hospital for the assistance it provides the group.
“Without our hospital we couldn’t do this,” Mornane said. “They provide us with meals at a very reasonable price. We would not have a Meals on Wheels program without them.”