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Volunteers moving 50 pound bags of rice into position for packing meals.

Volunteers moving 50 pound bags of rice into position for packing meals.

Nancy McKinstry led the Stop Hunger 2013 Campaign!

Nancy McKinstry led the Stop Hunger 2013 and 2014 Campaigns!

Rotary Club of Tryon Project List

“Please help us Stop Hunger”


Stop Hunger Now In the spring of 2013, the Rotary Club of Tryon with over 80 volunteers and six different groups from our community packed almost 25,000 meals to be sent to Haiti.  In August of 2014, the Rotary Club of Tryon again sponsored a food packing event involving 100 volunteers from many different churches and groups in our community.  20, 088 meals were packed.  In 2016 the Rotary Club of Tryon again spearheaded a Stop Hunger Now food packing day with many area churches, civic clubs and community individuals helping.  Over $10,000 was raised to pay for the ingredients in the 30,000+ meals packed.

Honor Air Flight ProgramThe Flight of Honor is a service project of Rotary District 7670 which honors the lives, valor and courage of World War II veterans who live in mid-western North Carolina with trips to visit the World War II Memorial in Washington, DC. The trip is free and includes transportation, a catered lunch, and booklet with a biography of each veteran on the flight. A photo CD of the trip is compiled and mailed to each veteran after each trip. Club 6406 served our veterans on our last Honor Air Flight on May 7th thru May 14th, 2011.

Polio Plus In 1985, Rotary International launched PolioPlus, one of the most ambitious humanitarian programs ever undertaken by a private-sector organization. PolioPlus was the catalyst for the World Health Assembly’s resolution in 1988 to eradicate polio. Today, thanks to Rotary’s US$500 million commitment and its leadership in mobilizing volunteers, the world is on the threshold of eradicating the polio virus.

“Our vision is a literate America in which all children have access to books and discover the joys and value of reading”

Reading is Fundamental (RIF)The RIF team completed another book distribution to the students at Polk Central School on April 19th.  Under the guidance of Carolyn Jones, a team of Rotarians laid out books for the students to choose and several read portions of the books for the students – special readers included Paul Zimmerman, Frank Ortiz and Julie Threlfall.  In the ten years the Rotary Club of Tryon has been providing this service, more than 13,000 books have been distributed to the children of Polk Central Elementary.  Beginning in the fall of 2014, led by Carolyn Jones, Rotary Club of Tryon will be sponsoring a Book Club for 20 girls at Polk Central Elementary in addition to the RIF program.

ScholarshipsThe RCOT Foundation Scholarships are awarded to four Polk County graduating seniors.  The students may be home schooled, go to a private school, or attend Polk County High School.  Four are for students going to a four year institution, and pay a total of $8,000 each ($2,000 per year, for each of the four years, to each of four students).  Two are for students going to a two year institution.  Both of these are for $3,000 ($1,500 per year for two years).  The two year scholarships may be extended for an additional two years if the students go on from the two year institution to a four year institution.  In addition, the Frank Ortiz Service Above Self award ($1,000) is given to the graduating senior that best exemplifies the spirit of Rotary.  Named for Frank Ortiz, a highly decorated retired U. S. Army Field Grade Officer, this prestigious award may be given to a student going  on to higher education, entering the Armed Forces, or other worthy field of endeavor.

New Century Scholar Program (ICC)  Our gifts to the Isothermal Community College (Polk Campus) New Century Scholars program help provide both mentoring and college scholarships to Polk County students.  Each year, three rising 7th grade students are selected for their academic ability combined with a situation that likely would make higher education difficult to achieve.  They are mentored for six years, stay drug and alcohol free, do service projects, learn their way around the Isothermal Community College Campus, and learn what college can do for their lives.  Upon graduation from High School, the New Century Scholars program picks up any financial need not met elsewhere, so that the students can complete a two year degree in any field they select.

Career Day at Polk County High SchoolFor many years until 2013, the club sponsored a Career Fair at Polk County High School.  This allowed the students an opportunity to explore career requirements by meeting with local employers representing many different occupations.  The employers discussed with the students the skills needed for various career positions within their organizations.  They discussed their own level of education, skills they use on the job and how their typical work day is spent.  This not only helped the students, but also helped the teachers, guidance counselors and parents to help the student  select courses that help them achieve their goals.

Scholarships for PCHS Students Academic and vocational scholarships are offered at our local high school.

Group Study Exchange The Group Study Exchange (GSE) program is a unique cultural and vocational exchange opportunity for young business and professional men and women in their initial years of professional life. Rotary districts in different countries are paired to send and receive professional study groups of four to six non-Rotarian team members and one Rotarian team leader to travel for four to six weeks, staying in the homes of Rotarians.  During the last few years, the Rotary Club of Tryon has hosted GSE Team members from Nigeria, India, The Czech Republic, The Philippines and Brazil.

Rotary Youth Leadership AssemblyEach year, thousands of young people take part in the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) program worldwide. Young people who are chosen for their leadership potential attend an all-expenses-paid camp to discuss leadership skills and to learn those skills through practice. The Rotary Club of Tryon selects participants from students at Polk County High School to attend the District 7670 RYLA Camp.  The RYLA program for Rotary District 7670 is hosted by the Rotary Club of Brevard.

Interact Club at PCHSInteract Clubs are Rotary sponsored service clubs at the High School and Middle School level.  Tryon Rotary sponsors the Interact Club at Polk County High School.

Pirmasens Youth ExchangeStarted in 1976, the Jim Black Exchange Program sends two students from our area to Pirmasens, Germany, who then receive two students from Pirmasens.

Shelter Boxes ShelterBoxes started as the brainchild of one Rotarian in England with the support of his Rotary club in the year 2000,  The ShelterBox organization provides emergency shelter and lifesaving supplies for families around the world who are affected by disasters at the time when they need it the most. Each large, green ShelterBox is tailored to a disaster but typically contains a disaster relief tent for an extended family, blankets, water storage and purification equipment, cooking utensils, a stove, a basic tool kit, a children’s activity pack and other vital items.  The Rotary Club of Tryon has donated funding for several ShelterBoxes which have been distributed to disasters such as Hurricane Katrina and the earthquake in Haiti.

Highway Cleanup When appropriate (quarterly), members of the club gather to remove litter from US-176 north and south of Tryon.

Gift of LifeThe Gift of Life Program provides life saving surgical procedures to children from the Polk County area.  Working with the Rotary Club of  Tryon and other partner organizations, “enabling children and young adults to be able to live a full and productive life, and in so doing, help promote peace and understanding”.

The club seeks to participate in “Matching Gift” projects with district 7670 and RI.  In 2008, an orphanage in St. Miguel de Allende, Mexico was assisted by our club.