On Sunday, the Yadkin Valley Rotary Club will hold a fundraiser from noon to 2 p.m. at the First Methodist Church of Elkin. A $10 admission buys a plate of a traditional New Year’s Day meal of country ham, black eyed peas, cornbread and collard greens.
The Rotary Club is a civic organization that encourages members to use their resources and influence for the betterment of the community. “It is community oriented, giving so much,” explained Mark Bardon, pastor of the Methodist church. “I’ve been a member of civic organizations through the years and most of them are just a ‘meet and eat’ type thing and one of the reasons I’m so committed to Rotary is that it does more than that; a lot more. They do more of being actively involved in the community and to making a difference in the lives of people. It’s been great to be a part of that.”
Rotary also encourages local youth to be socially active such as through their scholarship program and the high school Interact Club, whose members will help with the meal Sunday.
The scholarships are for students who show an involvement in community service. They are not based on academic achievement, athletic accomplishment or financial need. The scholarships are based only on a student’s activity in the community. “It is a way of rewarding our youth who may be involved in significant ways that are often overlooked,” explained Barden.
All of the money raised goes to the Rotary scholarship funds for students from East Wilkes, Elkin and Starmount high schools.
According to Barden, in addition to serving as a fundraiser, the New Year’s Day meal has become a custom of camaraderie. “It’s one of the few times in a year when people from all walks of life and different places come together. It’s almost become a tradition to see folks,” claimed Barden. “It’s quite the opportunity for community fellowship.”
A child’s plate will cost $5. Bags of greens also can be purchased for $5. Door prizes will be awarded every half hour.
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