Rotary Club of Vermilion makes largest donation in 64 years

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The Rotary Club of Vermilion made history last week, making the single biggest donation in the club’s 64 year history.

Rotarian Craig Brown says the donation was made possible because of the overwhelming support of Vermilion and area residents.

“The thought was, that over five years, we could manage this—you know $20,000 per year. But we’re very proud to say…that we actually fulfilled that commitment in less than 3 years,” said Brown.

“The most important reason, that I feel we were able to fulfill that commitment early, is due to the generousity of our community and how well they support the Vermilion Rotary Club fundraising initiatives. Ultimately, the generousity of our community is reflected in the generosity of our club.”

Brown is a rotarian, and also serves on the Living Well Campaign board.

“I’m a member of the Rotary Club, but I also was on the living well campaign and was one of the people who pitched to the Rotary Club about a donation. Originally the Rotary Club agreed to do a $75,000 commitment to this project, and then as we went along and we a very successful Harvest Gala, a very successful garage sale, and the flag project has been very successful—as three examples of larger fundraisers,” said Brown.


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“So I suggested, as a Living Well committee member, that we ask if the Rotary Club would consider stepping up their donation to $100,000 from $75,000.”

Brown said the Town of Vermilion and the County of Vermilion River contributed to the project as a whole, and the Rotary donation helped complete the project.

The upgrades to the Valley Lodge have made a great impact on those who live there, by bringing everything up to today’s standards, and making it feel more like home.

“It’s trying to make it like a home and not an institution. The rooms are a little bigger, and you know—try to remove the barriers, those types of things. I think when you look at the original part that was torn down, which is what is being rebuilt today—it’s a lot closer to what people might consider to be home. The work done to the Lodge will positively benefit people for decades,” said Brown, adding they’ve built new common areas, including a kitchen where residents can prepare snacks and gather for coffee.

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