|ROTARY RAMP NEWS - Ramp 551
Andy Collier is an individual who enjoyed his work, and also enjoyed doing things with his kids after work. He is 47 years old, and has lived in Madison County all his life, and is a 1991 graduate of Madison County High School. He is the owner and operator of Alewine's Towing Service. A dirt bike accident earlier this year left him paralyzed from the chest down, and he has been in Sheppard’s Rehabilitation center since January. He wants badly to come home, so the Rotary Club of Madison County and others gathered at his home on Thursday to construct an 18 foot handicapped ramp so that his wife, Missy, could get him in and out of the house.
The Handicap Ramp materials were funded by “Outdoors Without Limits”, which is a National Organization that is community-based with Chapters all across North America. It empowers people to reach their potential in a setting that breaks down barriers and removes stereotypes through love of the Great Outdoors! They work on behalf of Sportsmen and women, children, disabled/wounded U.S. Veterans and Senior Outdoorsmen. ”. The Rotary Club of Madison County is honored to partner with Outdoors Without Limits to help this family with the construction of this handicap ramp. Workers on the ramp included: Ed Brown, Roy Gandy, Anthony Dove, James Adams, Jerry Bond, Roy Seagraves, David McGinnis, Tommy Lackey, Jim Jeffer, David Queen, Pat Quinn, Artry Bishop, Jerry Coutant, Johnny Minish, David Cheek, Sandy Jeffer, Harry Rice, Amy Jordan, and Louise Watson.
Madison County Rotary Literacy Team
The Madison County Rotary Club Literacy Team visits Madison County Elementary Schools weekly to read to students. The program involves checking in with the school administration to be assigned students that need help with their reading program. About an hour a week is required to conduct the reading program. The following Rotarians are on the Literacy Team and participate in the reading program: Greg Bleakley, Jerry Coutant, Ellen Cowne, Larry Cox, Linda Cox, Harry Rice and Calvin Ward. Also included in the Madison County Literacy Program is the distribution of Dictionaries to all 3rd or 5th grade elementary school age children annually. Madison County Rotarians have a chance to visit the elementary schools and give a brief program on the use of these dictionaries. These Madison County Rotarians dedicate their time to the youth of our community to help improve the student’s future education.