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Being the Inspiration

by Jane Jerry

The Rotary Club of Highlands reflect upon all the accomplishments recorded under the presidency of Jerry Moore.

Jerry Moore’s year as President of the Rotary Club of Highlands had the theme “Be the Inspiration.”

When he began the year he noted that all big projects begin with individual small steps – and when an entire Rotary Club takes those small steps together, a lot gets accomplished.

“Looking forward, that’s how I think we can be an inspiration – by working together,” he told his club.

Twelve months have flown by and as Moore gets ready to turn the gavel over to incoming President Sherry Holt, it’s clear a lot has been accomplished. A 2019 snapshot of the club shows:

• $90,000 was raised for local, regional and international projects

• The 99 members donated a total of 2,100 volunteer hours

• 20 service projects were completed with the support of $32,000 raised through the Sponsorship program

Particularly notable projects included:

• Annual Golf Tournament, which raised over $10,000 for Rotary Projects

• The Twilight 5K Run, which raised $25,000 for mental health counseling for youth

• The Fourth of July Hot Dog Cook-Out, which raised $6,000 to assist Elyza Leyland in her efforts to secure a service dog

• Hosting six Community Table Dinners

• Craft Beer night, which raised $5,500 for hurricane relief

These accomplishments are particularly inspirational because the Rotary Club of Highlands is one of 48 clubs, with a total of 2,181 members, in District 7670. Despite being situated in one of the smallest towns in the District, Highlands is the fourth largest club in the District, with 99 members.

“Looking back on my year, I feel blessed to have worked with so many wonderful people, all of whom were truly an inspiration to me,” Moore said with a big grin.

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