The Rupert Rotary Club is constructing the Wee Links golf facility. Wee Links is a six-hole youth golf facility supported by several Rupert organizations including land donated by the Rupert Elks Lodge, BPOE 2106 and maintenance provided by the Rupert Country Club which operates a standard length golf course nearby.
Wee Links construction commenced during the summer of 2012, with play beginning June 2014. Initial design work was completed with a $5,000 grant from the Project Mutual Telephone Foundation. The First Federal Foundation provided partial funding to remodel a current building to serve as the Wee Links clubhouse. The clubhouse will consist of a small indoor seating area, an area to dispense concessions and equipment, and a storage area for golf equipment that will be available to kids free of charge. It also will have a modest covered patio area where visitors can get some shade and be positioned to observe the youth players on the course.
We plan to have a service day in March 2014 to sand the tee boxes, fairways and greens. There is wide support from the community in this endeavor. Principals from several of the local schools are excited to share this program with the service clubs at their schools. The Minico High School, Construction Class is reviewing the plans to construct the new patio cover.
Charlie Creason, CEO of Project Mutual and past President of the Rupert Rotary said “Wee Links is intended to provide affordable opportunities for kids to participate in a lifetime oriented sports activity that promotes lifetime values including, integrity, honesty, politeness and respect. Rupert Rotary Club members are proud to sponsor this project and to partner with several local organizations to offer this resource to our community.”
Each year Rupert Rotary honors outstanding students with Rupert Rotary Scholarships. Scholarship winners can receive up to $1000 or vocational schooling or college.
2014 Scholarship Recipients:
2014 scholarship recipients. Left to right….Kamil Blacker, Nathan Schneider,
Linda Ruiz, and Rupert Rotary Scholarship Chairman, Dr. Bill Williams.
What would it take to change the world? Rotary International is the world’s first service club organization, with more than 1.2 million members in 33,000 clubs worldwide. Rotary club members are volunteers who work locally, regionally, and internationally to combat hunger, improve health and sanitation, provide education and job training, promote peace, and eradicate polio under the motto Service Above Self.
Members of Rotary clubs, known as Rotarians, provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and help build goodwill and peace in the world. Clubs are nonpolitical, nonreligious, and open to all cultures, races, and creeds. As signified by the motto Service Above Self, Rotary’s main objective is service — in the community, in the workplace, and throughout the world.
After 20 years of hard work, Rotary and its partners are on the brink of eradicating the tenacious disease, polio, but a strong push is needed now to root it out once and for all. It is a window of opportunity of historic proportions.
Your contribution will help Rotary raise $200 million to match $355 million in challenge grants received from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The resulting $555 million will directly support immunization campaigns in developing countries, where polio continues to infect and paralyze children, robbing them of their futures and compounding the hardships faced by their families.
As long as polio threatens even one child anywhere in the world, children everywhere remain at risk. The stakes are that high.
Join us at the Rupert Elks, Friday January 21, 2011 at 7pm for fun, Hold’em, prizes and and more. First prize is a Sun Valley Ski or Golf package valued at $575. Proceeds will be used to fund Mini-Cassia high school scholarships.
The event will include a no-host bar. Entry buy-in is $35 with $10 Rebuys. Must be 21 to attend, ID required.
Read more about Terry’s visit to Rupert in this excerpt from his blog…
That’s Maureen Newton, president of the RC of Rupert, standing on the stairs of the refurbished Henry’s at the Drift Inn on the historic square in downtown Rupert. What’s she pointing at? Why the bright future of the Rupert Club, of course.
(In this picture of Rupert leaders, we see Maureen pointing, then Nikki Cannon, Marianne Barker, assistant governor, Kerry Saurey, immediate past president, Charlie Warren, Todd Posey, Rand Fagg and Paul Aston.)
Just as Henry’s at the Drift Inn has been restored by hard work, patience and love, The Rupert Club has launched new fundraising ideas to replace successful but no longer operable past ventures. The leaders are excited about selling breakfast items at the Spudman Triathlon and providing BBQ sandwiches at the Blue Grass Festival, all efforts to raise money for local high school scholarships. The club will continue with Casino Night, as well.
LET’S WORK TOGETHER! WHAT A GREAT IDEA FOR ROTARY CLUBS!!
Rotary supported the Red Cross Blood Drive in Rupert, May 10, 2010.
The Red Cross was founded on the simple idea of neighbors helping neighbors in time of need. The Red Cross brings more than 50 years of blood collection and transfusion experience, deep community connections and a network of nationwide resources.
Each year the Red Cross sponsors blood drives in our community to support the ever-growing need for blood. Here are some interesting facts about the Red Cross Blood services.
* Every two seconds someone in the U.S. needs blood.
* More than 38,000 blood donations are needed every day.
* A total of 30 million blood components are transfused each year in the U.S. (2006).
* The average red blood cell transfusion is approximately 3 pints.
* The blood type most often requested by hospitals is Type O.
* The blood used in an emergency is already on the shelves before the event occurs.
* Sickle cell disease affects more than 80,000 people in the U.S., 98 percent of whom are African American. Sickle cell patients can require frequent blood transfusions throughout their lives.
* More than 1 million new people are diagnosed with cancer each year. Many of them will need blood, sometimes daily, during their chemotherapy treatment.
* A single car accident victim can require as many as 100 pints of blood.
* The American Red Cross blood program started in 1940, under the leadership of Dr. Charles Drew.
* The American Red Cross supplies approximately 40 percent of the nation’s blood supply.
* The Red Cross provides blood for patients in nearly 3,000 hospitals across the U.S.
* The Red Cross makes blood available to any patient who needs it — patients are not required to find donors to replace the blood they use (a practice common in Europe and some U.S. blood banks) allowing the patient and their family to focus on recovery.
* Eighty percent of the blood donations given to the Red Cross are collected at mobile blood drives set up at community organizations, companies, high schools, colleges, places of worship or military installations. The remaining 20 percent are collected at fixed Red Cross donor centers.
* The American Red Cross works with more than 50,000 blood drive sponsors each year to hold more than 200,000 blood drives, providing convenient locations for people to give blood.
* The number of blood donations collected in the U.S. in a year: 16 million (2006).
* The number of blood donors in the U.S. in a year: 9.5 million (2006).
* The number of patients who receive blood in the U.S. in a year: 5 million (2006).
* Share of the U.S. population eligible to give blood: Less than 38 percent.
* Blood cannot be manufactured – it can only come from generous donors.
* Type O-negative blood (red cells) can be transfused to patients of all blood types. It is always in great demand and often in short supply.
* Type AB-positive plasma can be transfused to patients of all other blood types. AB plasma is also usually in short supply.
The Rotary motto Service Above Self conveys the humanitarian spirit of the organization’s more than 1.2 million members. Strong fellowship among Rotarians and meaningful community and international service projects characterize Rotary worldwide.
Every amount contributed to The Rotary Foundation is spent in support of humanitarian, educational, and cultural programs and their operations. Clubs and districts apply for and receive Foundation grants to carry out worthy projects worldwide.