Rotary club grants nearly $110,000 for community projects
RYAN BENTLEY/NEWS-REVIEW Representatives of the Rotary Club of Petoskey and the organizations receiving this year¿s Rotary Park Fund Grants gather Thursday following a Rotary meeting at Stafford¿s Bay View Inn. Pictured are (from left) Maddie, Marie and Hammond Law of St. Francis Xavier School, Trish Lamberti of the Petoskey Youth Soccer Association, Jan Mancinelli of the Women¿s Resource Center of Northern Michigan, Zach Jonker of the Petoskey Youth Soccer Association, Lisa Kruzel of Pellston Public Schools, Al Hansen of the Petoskey Department of Parks and Recreation, Jim Harrington of the Petoskey High School cross country program, Bill Millar of Crooked Tree Arts Center, Rotary Park Fund committee chairman Bob Waldvogel and Rotary Club of Petoskey past president Terry Newton. The grant program was established during Newton¿s time as club president. (Ryan Bentley/News-Review / July 11, 2013)
On Wednesday, the Rotary Club of Petoskey announced a round of grant funding to help seven community groups with capital projects. Funds for these grants come from an endowment the service club created after its sale of a former park property along U.S. 131 about eight years ago.
"Collectively, we are about to make grants totaling $109,728 ... which is the largest amount of money that our club has ever granted in any one day," said Bob Waldvogel, who chairs the Rotary Park Fund Committee.
The Rotary Park Fund Committee reviews applications for the grants and makes recommendations for funding awards, with final approval given by the Rotary club's board of directors.
The Rotary grant program aims to offer funding opportunities for nonprofit groups on an annual basis, although economic circumstances did not allow grants to be given for the previous several years.
Representatives from this year's funded groups attended Wednesday's Rotary club meeting to describe their plans for the grant dollars. Recipients include:
-- Crooked Tree Arts Center, which was awarded $17,000 toward lighting improvements in its Ross Stoakes Theater
-- Petoskey Youth Soccer Association, receiving a grant of $45,910 for use in constructing a permanent pavilion at the Click Road soccer complex
-- Petoskey High School's cross country program, which was granted $6,000 toward the purchase of a chip-based timing system for use at running events
-- Women's Resource Center of Northern Michigan, which was awarded $5,000 to help fund security features for the organization's main office site in Petoskey
-- Pellston Public Schools, receiving $6,918 toward replacement of auditorium curtains
-- Petoskey Department of Parks and Recreation, which was granted $5,400 toward replacements of fencing at the Winter Sports Park's hockey rink and of a public address system at the park
-- St. Francis Xavier School, which was granted $23,500 toward a project to reconfigure the school's playground and obtain new equipment for it.
The Rotary Park Fund Grant program invites grant requests from nonprofit groups in Emmet, Charlevoix and Cheboygan counties. Only those applications which seek funds for capital needs can be considered.
For more information about the Rotary Club of Petoskey and its affiliated grant programs, see www.petoskeyrotary.org.
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