Downtown W-S Rotary gives $100,000 to new library

Past President Frank James, Centennial Chair Kirk Sanders and Club President Chris Chapman pictured at the County Commissioners meeting November 28, 2016, along with Donna Staley, Chair of the Library Board of Trustees.  The Commissioners presented The Rotary Club of Winston-Salem with a resolution thanking us for pledging the $100,000.00 gift and naming the Third Floor Patio at the Library in honor of the Rotary Club of Winston-Salem.

Rotary District Governor Jon Spillman visits club

The Rotary Club of Winston-Salem recently welcomed special guests from
District 7690.  As the featured speaker, District Governor Jon Spillman
shared his motivation for joining Rotary as well as his vision for the year
ahead which will include a focus on food insecurity, literacy and work to
eradicate polio through Rotary International.  He was joined by David Burroughs, Assistant District Governor and Claudia Cannady, District Governor Nominee. Pictured are District 7690 guests and Winston-Salem Rotary Club President Chris Chapman, along with Board Member Paul Armfield who was honored by District
Governor Spillman as a “Rising Star.”



Downtown Winston-Salem Rotary awards over $100,000 to local causes

At a recent meeting, Winston-Salem Rotary Club President Chris Chapman presented past President Dr. Frank James with a symbolic check representing gifts to local charities of over $103,000 in 2016.    This check included a special gift to the Forsyth County Public Library in honor of the Winston-Salem Rotary Club’s 100th anniversary. The Winston-Salem Rotary Club provides assistance through its annual Benevolent Fund campaign to approximately 20 local non-profit organizations who provide diverse programs and services to local men, women, and children of all ages and with a variety of needs. The Club gives priority to applicants whose organizations strive to:  reduce poverty, improve quality of life, enhance education, and improve health.    Benevolent Fund applications are due January 31 of each year and are available on the Club’s website at


Rotarians United to Stop Hunger (RUSH)

Winston-Salem Rotarians joined other Triad Rotary Clubs to help kick-off District 7690’s newly instituted RUSH program.   Rotarians Unite to Stop Hunger (RUSH) kicked off at the third annual Family of Rotary baseball game with the Grasshoppers in Greensboro on August 7.    A portion of the proceeds benefited the Second Harvest Food Bank located in Winston-Salem.  The following day, 15 members of the Rotary Club of Winston-Salem joined other Triad Rotarians at Second Harvest Food Bank for a meaningful morning of volunteer work to address food insecurity in our local community.    We were privileged to work alongside Rotary International President, John Germ, who was visiting our community for the first time as Rotary International President.

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