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Tucker Focuses on Making a Difference

Tucker Rotarians have been busy – with numerous Service projects in the last month or two.

It all started with the Club’s bi-monthly visit to FODAC. The usual schedule is lunch followed by a quick meeting then off to the warehouse to sort through mixed medical items for distribution to the many FODAC partners. This visit, however, found the assignment different. While some quickly finished off two pallets of various styles of braces the rest tackled the assembly of three pallets of rollators, walkers, commodes, and shower seats - all designated for “Disaster Relief” as part of the FODAC missions to Houston, Puerto Rico, US Virgin Islands and Florida.

The following week, Tucker Rotarian Bill Dowden was back at FODAC with his truck to transport another five pallets to the Crutches For Africa warehouse on the west side of Atlanta. While past loads have contained mostly crutches, canes, walkers gel mattresses and pediatric wheelchairs this load contained body braces, this load included ankle, foot, knee, leg and back braces. Bill was assisted by Tucker President Ed “Rusty” Warner and FODAC’s warehouse supervisor Sam Young. Room was found on the truck to add ten manual wheelchairs. Crutches for Africa, C4A, was founded by David Talbot a Rotarian from the Denver area and the organization includes Richard Cope a Rotarian from Marietta.

In 2016 District 6900 initiated a program with the Shriner’s Hospital in Greenville SC . The program was designed to first develop awareness of the services they offer and advise the community of the great services offered. The second phases was the transportation of pediatric equipment from FODAC to the Shriner’s Hospital in Greenville SC. While the program never took off as anticipated Tucker Rotary agreed to maintain the quarterly deliveries of pediatric equipment to Greenville. Recently Tucker President Rusty Warner made the quick dash to Greenville delivering items of an urgent need. Rusty indicated the best part of the trip was meeting a young lady who had been the recipient of equipment delivered earlier this year by Rusty and FODAC’s Chris Brand.

The REACH Program awards scholarships to Middle School students who have excelled in academics, leadership, civic duty and more. By the time these students graduate from High School they will have a $10,000 scholarship awaiting them having followed some realistic goals. This is the second year that Tucker Rotary has participated in the program selecting three students each year. Tucker Past President Renee Halford indicated that this year the selection process was very difficult as all ten students in the initial selection were very close in all categories for selection. Attending the Tucker Middle School Awards Ceremony were Past President Renee Halford, President Rusty Warner and President Elect Nat Nwizu. Also present were Tucker members Wayne Gresham and Bill Dowden. Additional information on REACH can be obtained by contacting REACH VP and Tucker Club member Brad Bryant.

An International Service Project for the Club supports Nat Nwizu and his mission to Nigeria. Nat has shipped 50 walkers donated by FODAC that will be distributed to local Rehabilitation Centers, Doctors and Clinics. The shipment also included seven cases of High-Protein High Calorie nutrition drinks for distribution in the communities of Nwewi and Oguta. Safe and Happy travels to Nat and family.

Last spring when the Clubs were challenged to develop an event/project focusing on World Polio Day 2017, the Tucker Rotary Club decided to use their annual pancake breakfast as a fundraiser for Polio Plus. With assistance from the Tucker Applebee’s, the club served approximately 200 people in a two hours period and raised $3000 for World Polio Day.

Tucker Rotary is ON TO NOVEMBER with a large ELECTRONIC / HOME MEDICAL EQUIPMENT RECYCLING event on November 11. This event held in conjunction with the Rotary Club of Stone Mountain will donate all items to FODAC where items will be processed and then used in the FODAC Thrift Store or be sent off to one of many recyclers. Best part of the day this year is both Club’s will be honoring the VETS as this is Veterans Day.

Posted by Rusty Warner
November 5, 2017


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