The Forest Acres Festival is a family-oriented, fun-filled day — free for the whole family! There are 40 booths staffed by local businesses and attractions include a petting zoo, face painting, fairground, pony rides, a magician, stage events and food and beverages. The festival is held on the 3rd Saturday during May from 10 am till 4 pm, at AC Flora High School Athletic Fields on Flora Drive off of Forest Drive. (A big shout-out to AC Flora for partnering with the Forest Acres Rotary Club and the City of Forest Acres in making this community festival possible!) All proceeds from sponsorship contributions go to local charities.
The Backpack Project
The Forest Acres Rotary Club gets involved locally in a variety of ways. And helping in the efforts of our local schools is one of the ways that our goals of service assist the education community. Through our club’s help with The Backpack Program, we’re able to get involved helping schools pack take-home meals for students who otherwise may not have the opportunity for adequate, healthy nutrition over the weekend, and during the summer.
Here’s a photo of our club members helping students pack and prepare the Backpack Program at Blythewood High School during January, 2016:
One of the major fund raising activities of the Forest Acres Rotary Club is the University of South Carolina Gamecock Football Parking project. For several years, the club has partnered with Palmetto Citizens Federal Credit Union to manage their branch office parking lot on Shop Road near Williams-Brice Stadium (Here’s a Map of the location). The Rotary Club provides all services necessary to manage the parking lot including selling season parking passes, managing the parking lot on game day, and cleaning the lot afterward. All financial proceeds are donated to local charities.
Again for the 2017 season, we have a contract with Palmetto Citizens FedCredit Union Stadium Branch, 1000 Shop Road. (corner of Shop Road and George Rogers Boulevard)
Parking and tailgating spaces are sold and reserved for game day.
The club’s responsibility is to ensure the ATM remains accessible and that the right car is in the right place!
Parking bookings for 2017 – Charline Mayo
Description of Supported Charity
Youth Corps is a leadership training experience for thirty-six outstanding 9th and 10th grade students in Richland & Lexington Counties that a national leadership association described as unlike any other opportunity in the country… right here in the Midlands. e partner with the community to unleash the leadership potential of youth and to instill the values of leadership and professionalism through dynamic community interaction.
Sistercare is a 501c3 nonprofit that provides a comprehensive range of services to women and children in the Midlands who have experienced domestic violence. Services include a 24/7 Crisis Line: 803.765.9428, counseling, support groups, court advocacy, transitional housing, rural services, children’s and teens programs, and community education. These services allow the women and children to become self-sufficient, live free of interpersonal violence, and break the inter-generational cycle of domestic violence. Sistercare provides hope for survivors of domestic violence to live free of fear.
Books For Birthdays. Once a month a team of 4-5 volunteers visits the Child Development Center off of Clemson Road. This center is for four year olds who have been identified as requiring pre-school assistance. The staff there provide us with a list of children with birthdays in a given month and we purchase the appropriate number of books, visit, read, and gift them to the children. Our coordinator is Laura Griese.
Books for Birthdays starts next week Friday September 20th at the Clemson Child Development Center 2621 Clemson Rd Columbia, SC 29229 (803) 699-2536
It will continue on the 3rd Friday of every month.
Arrive about 8:45 and are usually finished by 9:45.
We have also started a new custom of meeting for breakfast at BoJangles just down the street.
Pictures from Sept 20th – volunteers Debbie, Laura, Zel, Peter & Sister Caroline (Amy to follow)
Once a year the club receives a list of disadvantaged children who are in need of shoes for school. We meet at a local shoe store to interact and assist with the fitting and gifting of these shoes. Our coordinator is Milton Wright.
Above: Happy Feet Project, August 7, 2016
From left to right: Tom Harmon, Laura Griese, Amy Cain, and Milton Wright
We support local students for international student study scholarships.
Currently we are supporting a student studying for a masters degree at Kings College London, UK.
Interact Clubs are Junior Rotary Clubs in local schools that do community projects.
Rotarians Having Fun
In Rotary, we believe that fun is part of the equation.
“Be Happy, and a reason will come along” – Robert Brault
At left: 2017-18 Forest Acres Club President Sandy Olson hits a hot Blue’s riff at Bernie Ridell’s Blues Celebration – August 31, 2006