The Rotary Club of Asheville South serves children and families right here in our community as well as internationally.
Our local projects include:
Lake Julian Beautification
More than 350,000 people per year enjoy Lake Julian Park for fishing, boating, picnics, and family fun. Our club has taken a special interest in the Lake Julian to help beautify the area and make it more accessible. We have added dozens of plants and trees, added rocks to a portion of the shore line to reduce erosion and improve water flow, built steps and curbing to the wheel chair ramp in order to improve access to the dock. We are now in the preliminary stages of design with Buncombe Park and Rec to replace the existing Lake Julian playground.
YMCA Art Studio Support
Next time you run into Martin Lewis or Christopher Smith ask them how they received the inaugural “Lewis and Smith” award for their work on this project. Asheville South came together with volunteers from the Reuter YMCA to put the finishing touches on their new Art Studio. There were two major tasks addressed; the first was a painting project, where we were successful in applying more paint to walls then we got on each other and the second involved helping build and set up shelving. In addition to helping create a beautiful and productive space for our community, we had a really good time, not only while working but also at the social immediately afterwards.
Rotarians Against Hunger
We are excited to host this event, which helps build healthier communities by addressing the issues of food insecurity in our community and around the world. The packaged meals are distributed through the MANNA FoodBank distribution network in WNC. As of 2015, Rotarians Against Hunger has recruited over 3,000 volunteers, raised $375,000 to combat hunger, and has prepared and shipped over 1.3 million meals. For more information, please see http://www.rotariansagainsthunger.org/.
Honor Air was founded by Rotarians to send World War II veterans to Washington, DC to see the WWII Memorial as well as other monuments in the area. Our club, along with several others in Western North Carolina sponsored eight different trips to DC. Asheville South was able to send 24 veterans to the Memorial during this project. Rotarians were able to participate by serving as guardians during these one day trips. Guardians’ responsibilities consisted of meeting the needs and wishes of the veterans. Rotarians met with the veterans families prior to the trip to go over the itinerary, provided transportation to and from the Asheville Airport and traveled with the veterans to insure a successful and safe trip. While in DC veterans were able to talk to our local elected representatives and participate in an escorted tour of a variety of Memorials. While waiting in the DC Airport for our return flights, the DC chapter of the USO, entertained the veterans with dancing and music from their era. Upon arrival back in Asheville they were greeting by hundreds of family and well-wishers while a local band played patriotic music as they came off the plane. The tears flowed freely on those days. This program was very popular with the veterans and incredibly rewarding for our Rotarians.
Other Past Projects
- Dictionaries – donated and delivered more than 750 dictionaries to Estes
- Lake Julian – installed stairs and landscaped fishing pier, landscaping
- Contributed to Wheelchair fund
- Contributed to CART
- Contributed to Polio Plus
- Contributed to the Rotary Foundation
- Contributed to eyeglass program
- Habitat for Humanity
- MANNA Food bank
- Calvary Episcopal Food Bank
- Nicaragua projects through interact club
- Salvation Army Bell Ringing
- Junior Achievement at Estes Elementary
- Seed Programs International
- Purchased Lightning Detectors for SBRAA
If you would like to submit a project idea or would like to be involved in one of our current projects please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.