Rotary Club of Nantucket Helping to Fight Addiction

The Rotary Club of Nantucket has taken the strategic step of concentrating all of its community service efforts for the year on two major initiatives that President Laura Burnett believes will better serve Nantucket and further demonstrate the Rotary’s motto of “Service above Self.”

The Club has identified opioid addiction on Nantucket to be one of its priorities. To create awareness about this public issue through the donation of Mind’s Eye Communication it has created stopaddictionnantucket.org which offers the services that are available on island.

In addition to the website, the club is committed to raising $100,000 for Dr. Lepore’s Addiction Solutions, a clinic where an additional therapist is desperately needed.  Since the effort started in late November, 70 percent of the goal has been met. Funds have been committed by Rotary Club members, grants, foundations and many local business leaders.

The Rotary Club has created a charitable fund at the Community Foundation For Nantucket where all donations are received – CFN/Rotary Fund. https://cfnan.org/give-now/named-funds/rotary-club-of-nantucket-charitable-fund/  (http://www.stopaddictionnantucket.org/) Donations are tax deductible.

The Nantucket Rotary Club is also sponsoring an exciting scholarship opportunity for a student who attended Nantucket Schools and has an interest in International Affairs. The scholarship will provide for international travel to Geneva Switzerland where the person selected will have meetings with, and exposure to. the variety of resources available to help meet global challenges.

Applications or donations for the Geneva Scholarship are made available on the Rotary website which has been set up as a service to the community or in person at its regular weekly meetings.  The deadline for applications has been extended to February 28.  Applications should be sent to Nantucket Rotary Club, PO Box 426, Nantucket MA 02554 or emailed to Ken@nantucketrealestate.com.

Rotary International is the world’s first service club organization, with more than 1.2 million members in 33,000 clubs worldwide.   Rotary club members are volunteers who work locally, regionally, and internationally to combat hunger, improve health and sanitation, provide education and job training, promote peace, and eradicate polio.