Kilgore Rotarians bring home awards from district conference

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Kilgore Rotary Club brought home several awards at the annual Rotary District Conference held in Longview on Saturday, Oct. 20.

At Wednesday's meeting at the Meadowbrook Country Club, Rotarian Terry Booker spoke to the club about the awards.

“We did have a good day last Saturday,” Booker said as he held up a banner recognizing the club for 100 percent per capita giving to the Rotary Foundation with an average of $350 given per member. The club came in third place out of 44 clubs in Rotary district 5830 for per capita giving to the foundation, missing second place by only $250 total.

“We've gotten this consistently over the last few years,” Booker said.

The club also received the Rotary Citation for the Rotary Year 2017-18. This citation recognizes clubs which perform humanitarian service, support other clubs in the area and enhance the public image of the organization.

“That involves a lot of what we always do but it also involves jumping through some hoops that Rotary International requires of us,” Booker said. As examples of acts which earned the award for the club, Booker pointed out the Kilgore Rotarians had donated 400 pairs of shoes to those in need and donated $3000 to three Rotary clubs in Southeast Texas to help in the recovery and rebuilding efforts after hurricanes devastated the area in 2017. They also participated with 20 other clubs in the district to support a clean water project in Honduras.

The club was specially recognized by District 5830 Governor Ted Huffines with the Bill Rains Recognition for Humanitarian Service award for 2017-18. Booker said the club had performed over 1000 hours of volunteering with their annual Flag Project and donations of dictionaries to local schools and shoes to those in need. Only 25% of 44 district clubs earned this honor.

The club was also recognized for setting a district record for contributions to the PolioPlus Fund.

Over the past year, the Kilgore Rotarians donated over $50,000 to humanitarian service projects with the help of direct donations and through the Flag Project, held in Kilgore six times a year.

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