Madison Rotary Supports RYLA 2017

RYLA 2017 students enjoying a presentation by Al Mathis on Rotary’s Four Way Test

RYLA 2017 was a rousing success.  Three Rotary Clubs in North Alabama – Huntsville, Greater Huntsville, and Madison – joined the Huntsville community Rotaract Club in hosting this year’s event at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center on January 26 – 28.  RYLA 2017 invited 117 high school leaders from across North Alabama to engage in learning about Rotary’s mission, leadership, and service.  Rotary Club of Madison sponsored 11 students’ participation in the program.  We look forward to see these young men and women succeed as leaders.


Parrots of the Caribbean

Madison Rotary’s PARROTS OF THE CARIBBEAN is our end-of-summer fundraiser party that features live music, dancing, raffle baskets, food and libations in a Caribbean-style theme. Since 2002, “Parrots” – as it is known locally – has become the premier party event in downtown Madison, having grown from a small gathering of Rotarians in a community club house to a spectacular event attended by over 700 guests from across the surrounding area.

During this celebration, Rotarians host a great community event while also honoring the corporations, companies, and individuals whose generous donations throughout the year support our local and international humanitarian service projects.  The event also allows Rotarians to share the highlights of our on-going service projects with our guests and followers on social media.

Thanksgiving Boxes

Each year, Madison Rotarians brighten Thanksgiving for twenty needy families in the area. Members donate the food supplies and assemble boxes that are delivered to counselors at West Madison Elementary and Mill Creek Elementary. The counselors identify families who need some help each year providing a festive and wholesome Thanksgiving dinner.

School Supplies for Kids

Rotarians Carla Daily and Debbie Overcash Fill Backpacks with School Supplies

Every August, we gather at Rainbow Elementary School to participate in the SS Kids Project, which provides backpacks filled with school supplies for local underprivileged school children. Begun in 1993 by Rotarian Gail LeCroy, this project generally provides new school supplies for 325-375 school children in approximately 14 local schools. These backpacks are distributed to the students at the start of the school year. SS Kids is funded by local inter-denominational churches.

Building a Wheelchair Ramp with CASA

Rotarians John Possel, Joe Kemp, and Kevin Cedeno Get Help From Future Rotarians

We took advantage of February’s record warm weather to join CASA in building a wheelchair ramp.  Even our kids came out to participate in this great service project.  Contact us if you’d like to participate in our next Done-in-a-Day Project.


Rotary Donates to Madison Hospital

On the Madison Rotary Staircase, Hospital Gala, 2012


In recent years, Madison Rotarians have generously donated funds to the Madison Hospital.  Recognition of our contribution is acknowledged with a plaque on the Hospital’s beautiful Grand Staircase. Rotarians have also supported the hospital in its annual gala event.  Pictured left are Rotarians Elizabeth Houssain, D.J. Klein, Marc Jacobson, Debbie Overcash, Shelia Nash-Stevenson, Karen Morris, Jeff Jones, Dennis Sanders, Pat Cross, and Ron Klein.

Senior Center Mardi Gras Party

In February 2017, we hosted the first annual Steve Croomes Memorial Mardi Gras Party at the Madison Senior Center.  More than 50 guests had a wonderful time enjoying King Cake and punch while visiting with friends.  And the newly crowned Mardi Gras King and Queen will be the guests of honor on our parade float during the Christmas Downtown Celebration.  So, don’t forget to join us in December at the Madison Christmas Parade to honor the King and Queen!

Done-in-a-Day Projects

DONE-IN-A-DAY Projects cover just about anything you can imagine.  When we find a need, we find a day to put our “Service Above Self” motto to work.  These one day projects have included

  • collecting food and delivering annual Thanksgiving Boxes to local families
  • ringing bells for the Salvation Army
  • supporting a Wounded Warrior Softball Game
  • working with CASA to build a wheelchair ramp
  • participating in the annual SS Kids Program (school supplies)
  • cleaning graffiti from Rainbow Mountain hiking trails
  • installing insulation for a local needy family
  • collecting and delivering health and hygiene products to the Huntsville Inner City Learning Center

Rotarians John Possel, Joe Kemp, and Kevin Cedeno Get Help From Future Rotarians

While some are annual projects, others are performed to satisfy a one-time need.  For some, we team with other charitable organizations, and for others we solely provide the service.  Often, the project benefits a large group while others may serve just one individual.  But, regardless of the magnitude, every one of these projects changes someone’s life.  If you’d like to participate, let us know.  I’m sure we can talk one of the kids out of his drill.

Madison Rotary Brings Vision Clinic to Honduran Villages

Madison Rotarians have been traveling to Honduras since 2015 to provide eyeglasses and medical eye care to people in the remote mountain regions of southern Honduras.  Led by Dr. Michael St.Peter and International Service Chair Tim McMicken, the team has examined over 1,500 people and dispensed over 2,000 pairs of glasses in three years.  In February 2017 alone, they examined 630 people, provided over 800 pairs of glasses, and treated multiple eye infections, dry eye disease, allergic conjunctivitis, and inflammatory conditions.  Furthermore, in cooperation with the Rotary Club of Choluteca, Honduras, they are coordinating to provide cataract surgery for approximately 20 people at little to no cost to the patient.

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