The Rotary Club of the Quad Cities took the time March 16, to include several people in their monthly meeting.
The Rotary Club is an organization made up of business and professional leaders who volunteer in their communities to promote world understanding and peace.
After the disasters the area endured throughout the past year Rotary Clubs throughout the United States took collections and donated them to the local Rotary Club to do with as they saw fit.
March 16, the Quad Cities Rotary Club gave away over $12,000 to local cities and businesses. Each of the quad cities received $500.
The club also donated to area churches and food banks.
The Ministerial Alliance received $500, accepted by Ron Smith.
Ash Flat Church of Christ food bank and shelter each received $500, accepted by Steve Summers and Martin Carpenter. Summers said after the ice storm the food bank's supply needed replenished and that they were extremely thankful for the donation.
Colbert English from the Mission of Hope accepted a $500 donation as well.
Cherokee Village Baptist Church Shelter accepted a $1,500 donation.
Fred Holzhauer, president of the Rotary Club, said that even in hard times it is always necessary for the area to have an ambulance service. Because Spring River Paramedic Service is there for the area the Rotary Club donated $1,000 for equipment to them. Grace Richardson accepted the donation and expressed her gratitude.
Highland Assembly of God, is not set up for a shelter, but was the only church during the ice storm with electricity, so they allowed people in for shelter. Marty Sellers accepted a $250 donation for this act of kindness.
Network of Community Options has six buildings in the area of which five have severe ice damage to the trees. Jennie Lee Stobaugh said they have not been able to have the yards cleaned up so the money they accepted, $200, will go toward that.
Maryline Bischoff, of the Williford Library, announced that the library is looking into some property and making plans for a new library. She accepted a $1,500 donation for that cause.
Rotary Club member Pam McFarlin, who Holzhauer said is always there, had severe damage to her home in the February tornado. She said construction has just begun in repairing her home and was extremely grateful to accept a $3,000 donation.
Holzhauer said it was a task deciding who to give money to and how much, but he and the committee assigned to determine where the money would go thought it should go back to the communities that have served them so well.
To apply for membership in the Rotary Club a membership packet can be picked up from Holzhauer at First Community Bank. The packet can be filled out and returned with a $25 application fee.
Holzhauer said they are always excited to welcome new members who want to join them in doing good in the communities and the world.