The weekly fines collected by the Sergeant at Arms definitely are for a good cause. At the Sept. 4 meeting, Lisa Kinser, former sergeant at arms, gave an update on where these proceeds go. 

  • Easter Seals submitted a request for funds to purchase roadside safety kits as recommended by their accrediting agency. These kits will be useful in the event an Easter Seals staff member runs into trouble on the road while transporting service recipients. The agency was awarded a grant in the amount of $800.00 toward the purchase of the roadside kits.

  • Will-Grundy Center for Independent Living submitted a request for $1,000 to purchase Assistive Technology Components for children that they serve. These assistive technologies could include items such as an iPad, therapeutic garments, or other items that address a child's needs and enable them to experience more independence. This grant request will enrich the lives of two to three children.  

  • The Will County Humane Society submitted a request for funds to build an outdoor pen for prospective adoptions of our furry friends. This area will facilitate successful adoptions by allowing prospective new owners to interact with adoptable dogs in a realistic environment, as well as provide a safe area for prospective new owners to introduce other dogs already in the home to the prospective adoptee. They are being awarded $1,000.00 to build the prospective adoption pen, which will feature a plaque recognizing the contribution of the Joliet Rotary Club.

  • Royal Family Kids submitted a request for funds to sponsor one child at the Royal Family Kids' Camp. The camp allows children in foster placement to experience the joys of attending camp in a safe environment. These children are in placement as a result of abuse, abandonment and neglect. They might not otherwise be able to experience activities that we often assume all children are provided, such as birthday parties, outdoor activities, and keepsakes to memorialize the experience. The committee felt very strongly that this program does great things locally and voted to award $1,300.00 to sponsor two children at the Royal Family Kids' Camp.

This is a great example of what Rotary does to help others. In support of our motto, Service Above Self, keep putting your dollars in to support this worthy program.