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The Alabaster-Pelham Pelham Rotary Club celebrated its 43rd anniversary this year. The club was begun by notable Shelby County business leaders in 1970 in an effort to provide community service by uniting in one civic organization. As the Rotary Club is known worldwide under the Rotary International auspice, our local club began immediately working to be impactful both locally and abroad.

The Alabaster-Pelham Rotary Club currently has 25 active members, meeting weekly on the campus of the Shelby Baptist Hospital in Alabaster, Alabama. The membership is made up of a variety of local men and women from businesses around Shelby County.

The funds collected benefit local projects including Christmas gift bags for elderly shuts ins, support and gifts for the Senior Center members in Shelby County. The club awards scholarships to six high school graduating seniors from both Pelham High School and Thompson High School in Alabaster. In early 2012 the Alabaster-Pelham Rotary Club formed a partnership with the Manna Ministries in Alabaster. Manna Ministries is a food distribution ministry serving Shelby County’s less fortunate community. A Southern Christmas Bazaar will serve as a collection site for canned goods to replenish the shelves of the Manna Ministry Pantry. The Alabaster-Pelham Rotarians volunteer on a regular basis to help distribute food to as many as 100 families per week, who would otherwise be without food.

Projects during 2013 have included the establishment and sponsorship of Rotary Interact Clubs at Pelham High School, Thompson High School, Thompson Middle School and Evangel Christian School. Donations were made to the Developing Alabama Youth Foundation to help fund the Seat Our Students campaign and Rotarians volunteered time and effort to move the DAY Program to its new facility at the Alabaster YMCA. The club has committed to a five year partnership and funds committed to the Alabaster YMCA. The Club proudly continued the Teacher of the Month Program throughout the school year and awarded each teacher’s classroom with a $250.00 donation.

International Rotary projects include partnering with the Boaz, Alabama Rotary Club to finance fresh water wells in African countries where fresh, clean water is not readily available. The eradication of polio is a priority mission of Rotary International and providing clean water is a major step in that direction. Rotary International works hand in hand with Rotary Clubs across the world towards accomplishing this goal and with Polio Plus worldwide. Bill and Melinda Gates have been extremely generous to this mission and have a commitment to polio eradication as well.

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