Schoolcraft Township officials planned to honor veterans during the annual Memorial Day
ceremonies but needed a helping hand with painting and sprucing up the old sexton’s building on the
grounds. Members of the Club pitched in to clean, scrape and paint the building along with the large
pole barn adjacent to the cement block building in the fall.
In May, the Club members helped assemble and install the white fence that now surrounds the south
section of the cemetery.
Strive Scholarship Program
Strive is a partnership between the Vicksburg Rotary Club, Vicksburg High School and Kalamazoo Valley Community College. The Strive commitment by a senior student in the high school means devoting themselves to the three A’s: Academics, Attendance and Attitude. Typically, these are students who might not graduate because of low grades, lack of attendance and other family problems that contribute to their not achieving in school. The Club members volunteer their time to mentor the students who sign up for the program and revile in the students’ success when they graduate in June with some scholarships given to the top students.
To finance the program a beef raffle is conducted each year that raises approximately $4,000. The beef is donated by Oswalt Family Farms. A drawing for the four winning tickets is held at the high school’s Homecoming basketball game in February.
Renovation of Oswalt Park
Oswalt Park, located at the corner of Main and Prairie Streets in the middle of the business district,
was singled out for a “redo” by the Board of Directors of the Club in 2013. A landscape designer was
hired to draw up plans that would turn the park into a community meeting place and destination in
the downtown. The next step is to seek funding for the significant improvements that are planned for
this corner. Members of the Club will also help in the construction and the maintenance of the park to
relieve the Village of this chore.
Each year, the Club members donate two to four hours to ring the bell for the Salvation Army’s
Christmas fundraiser for the needy in Kalamazoo County.
Rotary Club of Vicksburg Equality & Diversity Statement
The Rotary Club of Vicksburg is committed to ensuring that all of our activities, as a part of a service organization (Rotary International and Rotary District 6360), provide equality and opportunity for a non-discriminatory environment for members and those that we associate ourselves with.
On March 18, 2016, the Rotary Club of Vicksburg board members agreed that its equality and diversity objectives are as follows:
- Ensure that the club presents itself as a diverse, forward-thinking, and respectful group of people.
- Ensure our membership framework is fair and free of discrimination.
- Promote professional values that protect against discrimination.
- Promote equality and opportunity for all and provide equal access to all to the Rotary organization, Rotary District 6360, and Rotary International.
- Ensure that the Rotary Club of Vicksburg and all Rotary Club board members support equality and diversity.
- Ensure that the high standards alluded to in the Four Way Test and the Four Objectives of Rotary are respected and maintained by the Rotary Club of Vicksburg.
- Ensure that any and all complaints regarding equality and diversity are taken seriously and addressed in a manner that is professional and within compliance with Federal law, State law, and Rotary International guidelines.