The Clayton Rotary Club has been named Best Club for 2015. The governor of District 7710 has named a Best Club just twice in the last four years.
Gov. Matthew Kane called the Clayton Rotary Club “a vibrant club with energy and purpose.” He said the president of another club told him, “Matthew, I’ve begged my own club members to visit the club to see how much fun a Rotary club can be.”
On the local level, the Clayton club was involved with a number of community service projects over the last year. Last fall, the club helped in a significant renovation of Harbor’s shelter for abused women and their children. Last spring, the club donated $5,000 to the Boys and Girls Home of North Carolina. Recently, it launched a project to help three Johnston County nursing homes implement “Music and Memory” programs for Alzheimer’s patients. In April, the Clayton club and other Johnston County clubs shared the District’s Distinguished Service Award for supporting the Miracle League Park in Smithfield.
The club has also been active on the international level. Earlier in the year, seven members went to the Dominican Republic to help build latrines and provide public hygiene education. Recently, a club member went to Nepal for two weeks to provide humanitarian aid to the earthquake-devastated country. Club member Leigh Hudson has sold commissioned prints, called “Rotary – Doing Good for the World,” raising more than $20,000 to purchase doses of polio vaccine.
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In the last year, the club has seen a 50-percent increase in membership to more than 75 members. Club members have contributed more than $23,000 to The Rotary Foundation, the charitable arm of Rotary, which supports thousands of projects for the needy around the world.
The Clayton Rotary Club meets at 7 a.m. Thursdays at Rainbow Lanes in Clayton. This year, the club celebrates its 90th anniversary. For more information, visit the www.Clayton.Rotary-clubs.org or call club President Darrella Cavenaugh at 919-634-5493.