Rotary 12-12-12 celebration benefits charities

Monday, December 17, 2012
In honor of the date 12-12-12, the Greencastle Rotary Club sought 12 members to give donations to 12 charities for a total of $1,212.12. When members were more generous than had been hoped, 16 donors gave $1,616.16 to 16 different charities. Donors and charities representatives included (seated from left) Malcolm Romine, Tanis Monday, Wilma Shackleton, Mary Mountz, Joy Marley, Lynn Bohmer, Alice Greenberg, John Kass, J.R. Scott, Thursa Evens, Dan Anderson, (standing) Jinsie Bingham, Diana Ummel, P.T. Wilson, Jennifer Edwards, Tom Graffis, Eric Wolfe, Bill Dory, Carol Steele, Elaine Peck, Anne Clark, Kerry Ames, David Greenberg, Bob West, Alan Stanley, Ginger Scott, Dean Gambill, Jason Hartman and Cindy Schrader.

The Greencastle Rotary Club celebrated 12-12-12, a once-in-a-century date, by asking its club members to give to local charities.

The club originally wanted to have 12 club members each give $101.01 for a total gift of $1,212.12 to equally split between 12 charities. However, 16 generous Rotarians stepped forward to give a total amount of $1,616.16 to 16 different charities.

The donors and their charities included:

* Cindy Schrader to the American Red Cross of Wabash Valley,

* Chet Clodfelter to the Becky Brothers Service Scholarship,

* Anne Clark to the Humane Society of Putnam County,

* David Greenburg to Imagination Library at the Putnam County Public Library,

* Ginger Scott to the J.R. and Ginger Scott Aviation Scholarship,

* Eric Wolfe to the Non-Food Pantry at St. Andrews Church,

* Bill Dory to People Pathways,

* Jennifer Edwards to the Putnam County Board of Realtors Scholarship,

* Alan Stanley to the Putnam County Community Foundation,

* Jinsie Bingham to the Putnam County Museum Romine Matching Challenge,

* Tom Graffis to the Rotary Foundation Polio Plus,

* Linda Hunter to the TALKS program,

* Carol Steele to the Giving Tree,

* Jason Hartman to Two Fish Food Pantry,

* Elaine Peck to the United Way of Putnam County, and

* Bob West to Wild Care, Inc.

All 16 charities had representatives at the celebration to receive their checks directly from the Rotarian donors.

This special lunch meeting also included a Rotary toast by Jinsie Bingham, a countdown to 12:12:12 p.m. by Elaine Peck, a musical performance of "The 12 Days of Rotary" produced by Cindy Schrader, caroling by the Covered Bridge Country Chorus and a special meal provided by The Inn at DePauw.

Rotary encourages all community members to celebrate this occasion and others by serving and giving back.

To learn more about the Greencastle Rotary Club or become a member, contact Club President Carole Steele or Eric Wolfe at 653-4663 or

Rotary's main objective is service in the community, in the workplace, and around the globe. The 1.2 million Rotarians who make up more than 34,000 Rotary clubs in nearly every country in the world share a dedication to the ideal of Service Above Self. Rotary clubs are open to people of all cultures and ethnicities and are not affiliated with any political or religious organizations.

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