Meeting Recap – February 6, 2012

Hey Rotaractors!

We had a great meeting last night, with 34 attendees! Thanks to the members and visitors for coming. We’re looking forward to having you as Paducah Rotaractors! Simply fill out the attached membership application and return it to to become an official member.

(Thanks to Angie Hatton for compiling this summary of last night’s meeting):

Upcoming events are listed below. Scroll down for more details.

February 13: Empty Bowls Project Rotaract Social/Service Project, 6 pm at Terra Cottage

February 25: Empty Bowls Project event, 11 am to 4 pm at the Paducah-McCracken County Convention Center

February 25: Rotaract/Interact District 6710 Conference, 9 am to 4 pm at Kenlake State Resort Park (Email Brandi Harless at if you are interested in attending.)

April 21-22: Paducah Rotaract Retreat, lots of leadership and team building activities around Kentucky Lake for Rotaractors (Email John Shumaker at for more information.)

May 5: Repair Affair, Midtown Alliance is seeking volunteers and donations, scroll down for more

McCracken County Humane Society

Victor Sredl and Dr. James Shumaker of the McCracken County Humane Society board of directors visited the club’s meeting to present the need for new board members. Sredl, who is board secretary, said the Humane Society is looking to fill two positions with some young people who love animals, have fresh ideas, and who are willing to put in the effort and work to help improve the McCracken County Humane Society. Shumaker said to be a board member, you do not have to live in McCracken County, but you do have to become a member of the Humane Society. The cost is $20 annually per person or $35 annually per family. Call 270-443-5923 to get in touch if you’re interested.

Repair Affair

The club also heard about the needs of the Midtown Alliance Repair Affair. Virginia Siegel and Melissa Wortman, coordinators, said that the organization has had a great track record since 2009, helping 50 homeowners, close to half of those in 2011 alone. However, this year they have gotten word from the Kentucky Housing Corporation that there are no funds available to finance the repair projects. Siegel said that these projects are very important to the people who receive help, many of whom have annual incomes 15 percent below the area’s median income. Projects completed include fixing leaks, repainting, adding exterior fixtures, repairing windows and more needed emergency repairs. The next Repair Affair is tentatively scheduled for May 5. To find out more about the project, visit Let’s put Service above Self and help out Midtown Alliance with donations and volunteerism.


Missy Eckenberg, the president-elect of the Rotary Club of Paducah, spoke about the need for a local Interact Club. Interact is school-based Rotary-sponsored club for 12-18 year olds. It’s like Rotaract for a younger set. Eckenberg asked for Rotaractors who might be interested in helping to start Interact Clubs in the Paducah and St. Mary school systems. If you’re interested, email Read more about Interact Clubs at the Rotary District 6710 website.

Polar Plunge Report

Laura Schaumburg, treasurer, reported that five Rotaractors participated in the annual West Kentucky Polar Plunge, held Feb. 4 at Kentucky Dam Village State Resort Park. The Paducah Rotaract team raised $500, contributing to an overall nearly $95,000 raised towards Special Olympics in Kentucky.

P. O. Box

Schaumburg also announced that Paducah Rotaract now has a P. O. Box where members may send dues. The address is, as follows: P. O. Box 211, Paducah KY 42002.

Empty Bowls Project

John Shumaker, social chair, announced a “two-pronged” social event and service project for the month of February with the Empty Bowls Project. Paducah Rotaract has a reservation for up to 14 people to go to Terra Cottage, 514 North 7th Street, on Monday, Feb. 13 (next week!) at 6 pm to glaze a bowl to contribute to the Empty Bowls Project in Paducah. The cost of $5 for the first bowl is covered by Rotaract, but if you get the artistic bug, you’ve got to pony up. Also, on Feb. 25, from 11 am to 4 pm, at the Paducah-McCracken County Convention Center, all Paducah Rotaractors should come buy one of the homemade bowls and get endless refills from some local restaurants that have donated food. Proceeds benefit food programs for low income individuals. If you want to go the the glazing, email Shumaker at  Also find out more on Facebook.

Other Highlights

Janel Tate, service chair, passed around a list of potential service projects for 2012, and asked for feedback on what we want to do this year. If you’re interested in finding out what’s on the radar or contributing an idea, email her at

Samuel “Snacks” Hawkins requested help promoting the Keystone Club of the Oscar Cross Boys and Girls Club. For more information, email him at

Chris Cappock said that Project AIDS Orphan of Paducah is looking to hold a Hunger Banquet. He expects around 30 volunteers will be needed to pull off the event. Shoot him an email if you want to find out more, at

Paducah Bank generously provided pizza and drinks for club members and guests.

First-Ever People’s Choice Awards a Hit at Barbeque on the River

September 28, 2011

                                                                        CONTACT: Angie Hatton, Public Relations Coordinator, Paducah Rotaract
Cell: 270-217-4832

First-Ever People’s Choice Awards a Hit at Barbeque on the River
Paducah Rotaract raises more than $4,000 for non-profit work in McCracken County

      The first-ever Barbeque on the River People’s Choice Awards, hosted by Paducah Rotaract, brought in $4,028 during the festival, held Sept. 22 -24 in downtown Paducah. Local people and teams bought tickets for $1 each to cast their votes. Prizes were awarded in seven categories.
The top three teams in each category were announced at the awards ceremony Saturday, Sept. 24. The first place in each category received a trophy, and bragging rights for the year. Continue reading

Cast your vote in the first-ever BBQ on the River People’s Choice Awards!

WHAT: Barbeque on the River People’s Choice Awards – The public finally has a voice in Paducah’s favorite food festival! You’re invited to cast your vote for your favorite BBQ stand. Tickets will be sold for each vote, and presales are available for $1 each at the Barbeque on the River headquarters at 321 Broadway in Paducah. During the festival, stop by the leader board to see who’s winning and cheer for your choice. Proceeds will benefit Paducah Rotaract and the Barbeque on the River organization.

WHO: Paducah Rotaract will host the event. For more information, visit Paducah Rotaract on Facebook.

WHEN: Thursday – Saturday, Sept. 22 – 24, 2011

WHERE: Corner of 2nd and Jefferson St., Paducah

How Do You Rotar-“act”?: Profiles in Service 1

Jessica Bell

Rotaractor: Jessica Bell
Age: 29
Job: Traffic Assistant at Bristol Broadcasting
How She Serves: Fundraising Chair for Project Hope

Q: What is Project Hope?
Jessica: Project Hope is the only no-kill animal shelter in the area. It’s located across from Little Tractor on HWY 45 in Metropolis. Right now we’re full because it’s the puppy and kitten season, but typically we take all kinds of animals. Some animals have been surrendered, some acquired, some their owners can’t care for them anymore, or they’ve been neglected, or the owner has died. Recently, we acquired some cattle. We’re willing to take all creatures that need help.

Q: Why did you get involved with this charitable organization?
Jessica: I love animals and wanted to do activism with animals. I have three dogs myself, a Dachshund named Chewie, a Belgian Shepherd named Rudy, and a Chihuahua named Didi.

Q: What do you hope to do to help Project Hope with future development?
Jessica: I’m working on developing a fundraising committee, five people who could take on their own projects. Our main problem is that we do a lot of small fundraisers and the cost/return isn’t as effective as an annual campaign. Long-term goals, we’d like to get a bigger, better facility, and spay and neuter voucher program. We’re looking for volunteers who love animals!



Child Watch Earns $1,000 MetLife Grant . . . and Rotaract Helped!

June 28, 2011
Contact: Angie Hatton

Video Earns Child Watch $1,000 MetLife Foundation Grant


(PADUCAH, KY) A video recently produced by members of Paducah Rotaract has received a $1,000 Volunteer Ventures award from MetLife Foundation. The money will go to support Child Watch Children’s Advocacy Center, which provides child abuse protection and prevention services to the eight counties of the Purchase Area District.

“Child Watch provides counseling and victim advocacy to over 450 victims of child abuse and their non-offending caregivers each year,” said Marcia Torbett, Child Watch Director. Child Watch also conducts abuse prevention programs for 11,500 elementary students. “All our services are free, which means our staff relies totally on grants like this one, and the love and commitment of our many wonderful volunteers,” Torbett said. Staff members hope to use grant funds to support counseling for child victims of physical and sexual abuse. Continue reading