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Gilmer Rotary Club raises money through 'Flag Project'

Wednesday, July 16, 2014 - 6:47pm

The stars and stripes not only symbolize freedom. In Gilmer, they help raise money for the community. 

Every year the Rotary Club distributes flags to families and businesses around the city. KETK spoke with the former President of the Rotary Club, Roy Brown, who said, It's the most important fundraiser of the year. We currently put out about 800 flags now. The program generates a little over $20,000 a year". 

So on important holidays like Independence and Veteran's day, these flags are proudly displayed across Gilmer. Brown shared, "It is a glorious day when they are all flying". Rotary members believe is an important patriotic reminder for residents. Brown said, "We need to wave the flag in America. I'm thinking that the more I see what's going on in our world, it's not a real pretty picture". 

So the $20,000 raised, is donated to the community. They sponsor the local spelling bee, give to the food bank, and donate scholarships to Upshur County Schools. Brown explained, "We try to give one or two scholarships to every school in Upshur County, so there are four different schools. We try to find children that are in need". So the Rotary Club raises flags for literacy. 

Brown shared, "My whole philosophy in life is the price you pay for the space you occupy is service to your fellow man".  

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