The Rotary Club of Central Johnston County received $8,616 from the “Three Little Pigs” Triathlon event.
Each year Rotarians help with the coordination of the Smithfield triathlon and members volunteer at the event.
The money is used to fund international and local service projects, according to Sherry Harris, a club representative. Harris says the club purchased a storage building for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Johnston County which club members helped erect on the grounds of the Selma Boys & Girls Club. Now the Rotary Club plans to buy paint and other items needed to renovate an exercise room at the Benson Senior Activity Center, and club members will spend two Saturdays helping with the center renovation.
“With the funds the club receives from the triathlon, we are able to continue our mission of serving others both on an international and local level. We work hard at the triathlon to raise these funds, and it is a pleasure and privilege to be able to help people and organizations,” said Woody Wilkinson, club president.
The Rotary Club has been serving the Central Johnston Community since 1988. The club’s business and professional men and women provide humanitarian service, “hold high ethical standards in vocations, and help build goodwill and peace in the world,” Harris says. The club provides scholarships for high school students with funds generated from the annual golf tournament, delivers home meals weekly, rings of the bell for the Salvation Army during the holiday season, and sponsors the Rotary Against Drugs High School Speech Contest.