Major Rotary Club of Quincy Projects
Over the past 102 years the Rotary Club of Quincy has funded an incredible number of major projects. Below are a few examples:
- Shelter house at South Park (1917)
- Indian Mounds Pool (1924)
- Indian Mounds Pool Reconstruction (2003**)
- Gazebo at Clat Adams Riverfront Park
- JWCC Student Activity Center & Arboretum
- Gazebo at Bob Mays Park (2010)
- Salvation Army Family Services / Shelter Complex (2013)
- Pedestrian bridge at Bill Klingner Trail with Friends of the Trail (2015)
- Fitness Trail at Quincy University (2015)
Washington School Reading Program
Every week a Rotarian goes to Washington Elementary School in Quincy and reads books to 3rd graders. After the story, the kids have the opportunity to ask the Rotarian questions about his or her profession.
Rotary and Sportsmen Against Hunger
During deer hunting seasons (October 1st to mid-January) our club sponsors this program that lets hunters donate their unwanted tagged deer. The deer are processed at The Butcher Block in Quincy, IL and the Golden Meat Locker in Golden, IL. The meat is given out to fight hunger in Adams County. The Salvation Army assists with finding those in need and the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, the Rotary Club of Quincy and many fine local businesses provide funding for this annual project. Over 23,000 lbs of ground venison were provided to Adams County in 2010.
Every year during Christmas, hundreds of Adams County families go hungry. This program raises money to give away several hundred turkeys with the assistance of the Quincy Salvation Army. County Market and The Wild Turkey Federation are major sponsors of this project.
Vocational Students of the Month and Year
Every month the Rotary club of Quincy honors two high school aged vocational students who have excelled in their field of study. Students are nominated by their instructors and come to a noon Rotary club meeting to accept their award. At the end of the academic year a Rotary Student of the Year is selected to receive a scholarship.
Rotary Teen Career Day
This program allows area high school freshmen to attend a Rotary meeting and then spend the afternoon with a Rotarian at their place of business. This gives the student the opportunity to see if they are truly interested in a certain career choice before they begin college.
Blessings In a Backpack
This three-year project helps feed 100 children each weekend who come from low income families at Adams School. The Rotary Club of Quincy received a $24,000 grant to help purchase food that is placed in children’s backpacks every Friday. Children will then have food on weekends that is simple to eat and prepare. This helps children focus more on school work by building health and improving neural development. 100% of all money raised goes to buy food for children.