The Rotary Club of Cody Launches the Cody Cares Project This Friday
Written by Caleb Nelson on June 15, 2022
The Rotary Club Show, after running successfully for 68 years, has come to an end. According to the Rotary Club website, “The Show was an important fundraising event that allowed the Cody Rotary Club to support many amazing projects.”
Now, the Rotary Club of Cody is directing its efforts toward new projects and collaborations. The Rotary Show has ended, but the needs of the community have not.
Cody Cares is one of these new efforts, it is focused on a “community-wide day of service.” The event takes place this Friday, June 17th at City Park and it starts at 7:15 a.m. There will be coffee and donuts for attendees.
James Klessens of Forward Cody and the Rotary Club, discussing the decision to launch Cody Cares, says, “We needed to do something different than the Rotary Show.”
“We are service above self, that’s what Rotary is about,” Klessens adds. This mission, “service above self,” informs the Cody Cares project. “We saw this as an opportunity to make our community a better place to live, work, and play,” Klessens states.
“There’s something about when people come together as a unit to do something for other people…that’s what Rotarians have done forever.”
Additionally, Cody Cares operates as a fundraiser for a wide range of projects. These projects and organizations include: “Happy Feet (a program providing sneakers & winter boots to hundreds of school children each year),” “International Youth Exchange,” “College & Vocational Scholarships,” “Park County Animal Shelter,” “Crisis Intervention Services,” “Yellowstone Behavioral Health,” “Heart Mountain Volunteer Medical Clinic,” “Cody Cupboard,” Polio Plus (the Rotary International effort to eradicate this disease worldwide), and Inclusive Playground at Mentock Park.”
The Rotary Club is asking folks who supported the Rotary Show to support Cody Cares. “With your help, we can continue making these great projects happen,” the Rotary Club states.
The Rotary Sponsorship Committee is also asking for donations to help develop Cody Cares in order to foster continued community service.