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Surry Sunrise Rotary has had an exciting start to 2018. In the first days of January, they have presented both Mount Airy City Schools and Surry County Schools with checks for $8,100. The $16,200 they were able to donate came from the club’s Second Annual Flight for Kids Pigeon Race that was held in the fall. <\/p>\r\n\r\n

In 2016, the club raised over $7,000 with their first pigeon race event and after adding funds to make it an even $8,000, they were able to donate $4,000 to each school district. When it came time to plan the 2017 race, the club felt they could sell more tickets and increase their donation to the schools. Steven Norman, Surry Sunrise Rotary Service Chair and pigeon racer, helped the club double the number of tickets sold which meant preparing 100 more birds to create a 200-bird pigeon race.<\/p>\r\n\r\n

The pigeons raced from Charlotte Motor Speedway to their home lofts in Mount Airy. Each ticket holder was randomly assigned a bird and the winning birds earned their ticket holders cash prizes. Thanks to donations and sponsors of the event, more money was able to go to local schools to help fill shelves for their food backpack programs. <\/p>\r\n\r\n

Surry Sunrise Rotary President Chip Pulliam noted, “The pigeon race event is such a unique, fun, and beneficial event for our Rotary Club and community.  This truly is a significant and meaningful project for our members.”<\/p>\r\n\r\n

The backpack programs work to supply students in need with meals over weekends and holidays. One in every five people in North Carolina are hungry and one in five children don’t get the nutrition they need. These bags provide students with the nutrition and meals they need to come to school ready to learn. Each Friday, students take home a bag filled with food items. Most of these items are individually wrapped so students can prepare them independently. <\/p>\r\n\r\n

Not only does Surry Sunrise Rotary give monetary donations to schools, but last year they established a backpacking event at Mount Airy Middle School thanks to a Rotary Foundation Grant. This event was a collaborative effort by the club, Food Lion, Mount Airy Middle School’s Interact Club, Surry Community College’s Rotaract Club, and the Mount Airy Rotary Club . The groups spent a few hours together and were able to package enough food to supply 40 students in need with food for almost 14 weeks.  The group has made plans to do this once again on Thursday, February 15, 2018. <\/p>\r\n\r\n

Club Rotary Foundation Chair Catrina Alexander states, “We are grateful for the help of the Carole Farlow Foundation and Food Lion Feeds that will increase the amount of food Surry Sunrise Rotary funds will be able to purchase for the 2018 backpack event. Because of the additional food, the bags will be able to be distributed to all schools based on their needs. Partnerships like this are invaluable and we are proud to be a part of a organization that is working to reduce hunger issues throughout the world.”<\/p>","BITSTORYDATE":1,"SUBMITTED_BY":"Carrie Ann Venable","STORYDATE":"Thursday, January 11, 2018","STORYURL":"http:\/\/www.IsMyRotaryClub.org\/Story\/","SUMMARY":"

Surry Sunrise Rotary has had an exciting start to 2018. In the first days of January, they have presented both Mount Airy City Schools and Surry County Schools with checks for $8,100. The $16,200 they were able to donate came from the club’s Second Annual Flight for Kids Pigeon Race that was held in the fall. <\/p>\r\n\r\n

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Rotary District Governor, Jon Spillman has asked District 7690 to be fearless, think out-of-the-box, try something new, and be creative. Surry Sunrise Rotary did just that in the month of September. In response to the district’s RUSH Initiative, Rotarians United to Stop Hunger, Surry Sunrise Rotary created an innovative fundraiser where members launched 100 pigeons from the Charlotte Motor Speedway and sold chances on the fastest bird to return to Mount Airy. Proceeds from the fundraiser went to local school districts' backpack programs. The inaugural Rotary’s Flight for Kids fundraiser took place on Saturday, September 17.<\/p>","BITINCHR":1,"NUMBERCOMMENTS":0,"BITCOMMENT":0,"IMAGE":"http:\/\/www.directory-Online.com\/Rotary\/Accounts\/7690\/ezStory\/26262\/ScreenShot2016-10-06at12.16.11PM.png","MODIFIED_BY":"Venable, Carrie Ann ","HEADLINE":"Club of the Month","STORYID":26262,"CREATED_BY":"","BITBYLINE":1}]]);