On February 1, 2018, Rotary volunteers responded to a call to spread rubber mulch at a new playground the Rotary Club of Fairhope had sponsored at the Manley Road Soccer Complex. Many hands made light work, and in less than an hour, the crew had finished, reducing the hills of mulch to a uniform layer in the playground area.
In the fall of 2018 we sold snow cones and soft drinks at the Gospel Fest benefitting the Rotary Youth Club.
Our steak cookoff fundraiser (held annually the second Friday in May) requires the participation of every single member to pull off. Many are involved in planning and preparation throughout the year; some turn out to set up the venue on the day of the event (including putting up barricades and stocking the soft drink barrels with ice). Others have various jobs during the event, including manning the entry gates. And of course cleanup afterward is a mammoth job. The photos below are from 2018.
Each year we support the Pancakes for a Purpose event benefitting the Rotary Youth Club; these photos are from 2017.
The Rotary Club of Fairhope fielded a team at the Fairhope Sunset Rotary Club’s Backyard Barbecue and Homebrew Beer Competition, offering barbecued shrimp (which took second place in its category and fourth place in the People’s Choice competition). Heading the team were Jeff Barré, chef, and Lee Turner, “art director.” President Howard Eddy served the result. In the bottom photo, Howard is serving then–District Governor Bob Callahan.
In 2015, we had a table at the Fairhope Arts & Crafts Festival to give away free balloons and distribute literature about PolioPlus.
For many years we distributed dictionaries to all local third-graders. Here we were joined by members of the Fairhope Sunset club in 2015.
Every year we provide float marshals for the Fairhope Christmas parade. This was our crew in 2014.
Another annual service is manning a ticket booth at the Polo at the Point fundraiser. This photo is from 2014.
Before we came up with our sensationally popular steak cookoff fundraiser, we experimented with a music festival, a giant yard sale, and, as shown here in 2004, the Real Deal Chicken Meal.