Rotary takes charge of flag project


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Chris Barden, center, assists Yadkin Valley Rotary members Mark Barden, left, and Willena Smith in preparing this year’s American flags as part of the American Heritage Flag Project recently.


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Chris Barden, right, assists Yadkin Valley Rotary members Joe Hicks, left, and Mark Barden in preparing this year’s American flags as part of the American Heritage Flag Project recently.


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Yadkin Valley Rotary member Ken Hon stands with the final product prepared for this year’s American Heritage Flag Project.


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As many know, the Tri-County Sertoma Club for 30-plus years has sponsored the American Heritage Flag Project which puts up and takes down the flags on 73 businesses in Elkin, Jonesville and State Road. But the project recently changed hands.

The Yadkin Valley Rotary Club will now be the sponsor of this project. “We will continue to furnish the flags and brackets for a (tax-deductible) donation each year,” said James E. “Jed” Metts, Rotary member.

“This project will provide continuous support for great organizations such as The ARK, the Elkin Rescue Squad, Tri-C Ministries and Grace Clinic, as well as Special Olympics. We will continue giving a scholarship to a senior from each of our three local high schools (Elkin, East Wilkes, and Starmount), who personifies the Rotary motto of ‘Service above Self,’” Metts said. “We sponsor The Interact Club, a high school service organization at Elkin High School, and provide annually two teens the privilege of attending The Rotary International Youth Leadership Camp. We also sponsor the annual Habitat For Humanity Golf Tournament.”

Rotary members are looking forward to taking on the flag project. “As we look ahead, we hope to expand the flag project, including more of our neighbors, who feel as you do, that America is a great country, by showing support of our great nation through this project,” he said. “Our goal is to look for and offer additional opportunities to show our patriotism, while increasing the number of participants in the project. This in turn increases the amount of financial support we are able to give local organizations.”

In a recent letter sent out to participating businesses, Metts said, “We look forward to continuing this program as a way to help us meet our mission of helping others in our community and around the world, and we know that through your support, this will be a vital program for many years to come.”

Those wishing to join the flag project can contact the Yadkin Valley Rotary Club at P.O. Box 212, Elkin, NC 28621. The project is invoiced from Sept. 7, 2015, through August of 2016.

Chris Barden, center, assists Yadkin Valley Rotary members Mark Barden, left, and Willena Smith in preparing this year’s American flags as part of the American Heritage Flag Project recently.
http://elkintribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/web1_20150819_175147.jpgChris Barden, center, assists Yadkin Valley Rotary members Mark Barden, left, and Willena Smith in preparing this year’s American flags as part of the American Heritage Flag Project recently. Submitted photo

Chris Barden, right, assists Yadkin Valley Rotary members Joe Hicks, left, and Mark Barden in preparing this year’s American flags as part of the American Heritage Flag Project recently.
http://elkintribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/web1_20150819_175159.jpgChris Barden, right, assists Yadkin Valley Rotary members Joe Hicks, left, and Mark Barden in preparing this year’s American flags as part of the American Heritage Flag Project recently. Submitted photo

Yadkin Valley Rotary member Ken Hon stands with the final product prepared for this year’s American Heritage Flag Project.
http://elkintribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/web1_20150819_180802.jpgYadkin Valley Rotary member Ken Hon stands with the final product prepared for this year’s American Heritage Flag Project. Submitted photo

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