The Manning Rotary Club is in a state of transition, with current officers stepping down and new ones taking their place. The local group has had an incredibly busy 2021 thus far, however. One of their proudest accomplishments to date is working in partnership with the Summerton rotary club to volunteer assisting Clarendon County residents who want to register for and receive the Covid19 vaccine.
“We worked with this Summerton rotary club on this project,” said Scott Wannamaker, current Rotary club president. “They volunteered one week, and we volunteered the next. It was an extremely fulfilling project.”
But vaccine registration isn’t the only thing the club has done to assist the community during the pandemic. Whether it’s donating gift cards to health care and postal workers, delivering meals to health care workers, members of law enforcement and members of city and county fire departments, or donating cleaning supplies to teachers and staff at Manning elementary the club has clearly not let the pandemic stop them.
“We’re meeting in person now,” Wannamaker said. “In fact, we’ve been meeting in person for the past couple months.”
Rotary club members aren’t just focused on pandemic aid though. They serve the community in ways ranging from trash pickups, to funding purchases of books for children in need by the Dolly Parton Imagination Library, to purchasing winter coats for children in school districts two and three who needed them.
When asked about his thoughts as he prepares to step down as club president, Wannamaker said “It’s the club as a whole and the support I’ve had from all the club members that’s stayed with me the most and not anything I’ve done myself. I’m so proud of our club for stepping up.”
The Manning Rotary Club meets every Wednesday at 12:00pm for lunch at Porter Jacks.