Long-time Lake George Rotary Club member Denny Galloway poses beside a bridge he designed and built, with help from friends, for a woman whose house was marooned in 2011 when Hurricane irene washed away a primitive bridge under her driveway. For 61 years, Galloway has been an active member of Lake George Rotary, through which he has coordinated dozens of community-service projects, including constructing the Lake George Welcome Corner at rtes. 9N and 9 near Northway Exit 21. The club is now soliciting applications from non-profit groups for their annual grants to charitable organizations — and they are also seeking new members to join their club — so their remarkable record of community involvement can continue long into the future.
The Rotary Club of Lake George invites nonprofit organizations in the Lake George School District or throughout Warren County to apply for a grant funded by proceeds of the club’s annual Americade motorcycle raffle.
Rotary Club President Mike Craft said this week the Rotarians look forward to matching or surpassing last year’s grants. In 2013, the club awarded 12 organizations $500 to $2,000, and Craft said the group plans to award at least this amount this year.
The Rotarians aim to support organizations that directly aid people in need, Craft said.
To raise the funds for grants, the Rotary Club holds a raffle in June during the Americade festival. The winner gets to choose either a Honda Gold Wing, a Harley Classic or $20,000. Working alongside the 20 members of the club, each grant recipient is required to help sell raffle tickets throughout Americade week. The ticket sales fund the grants.
Since 2002, the Rotary Club of Lake George has awarded 122 grants totalling more than $175,000 to about 40 local nonprofit organizations. The grants funded such initiatives as providing equipment for Camp Chingachgook’s sailing program for people with disabilities, paying toward repairs to the Lake George Fire Dept. marine rescue boat, providing new bookshelves for the Caldwell Lake George Library, and producing a new brochure for the Lake George Land Conservancy.
Any qualifying nonprofit organization interested in submitting a grant proposal should contact Nancy Jefts at firstname.lastname@example.org or 494-8000 for the guidelines. All grant proposals must be received by May 1.
Rotarians develop community service projects that address many of today’s most critical issues, such as children at risk, poverty and hunger, the environment, illiteracy, and violence. They also support programs for youth, educational opportunities and international exchanges for students, teachers, and other professionals, and vocational and career development.
The Lake George Rotary Club meets weekly and new members are welcomed. For details on the club, see: www.lakegeorgerotary.com.