The Chemainus Rotary Club is picking up the tab for the lunch program at Chemainus Elementary School for the 2018-19 school year with a $2,500 donation by outgoing Rotary Club president Warren Weir to Chemainus Elementary School principal Brenda Stevenson. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Rotary Club picks up the Chemainus Elementary School weekday lunchtime tab

Donation helps supplement the Starfish pack weekend program

No one at Chemainus Elementary School will go hungry, thanks to a $2,500 donation from the Chemainus Rotary Club.

The donation picks up the lunch tab at the school where the Starfish Pack program in School District 79 leaves off. The Starfish program was exclusively to send students requiring assistance home with lunches for weekends while this Rotary donation will ensure needs are met during the week.

Chemainus Elementary School principal Brenda Stevenson thanked the Rotary Club for the contribution that’s so important in building community.

“We did it in a way to enhance the work that the Starfish program is doing on weekends,” noted outgoing Rotary Club president Warren Weir. “We know the weekend is a part of it. We still have to remember the weekdays.”

The money comes from the Rotary Club’s President’s Legacy Fund. All the club’s coffers that comprise fees and fundraising efforts such as the auction, golf tournament and individual contributions feed into the budget.

“We have a certain amount in our budget,” noted Weir. “We’re typically able to say, ‘that’s what I want to do.’”

That makes it the president’s choice, if you will.

Weir has lived in the Chemainus area for five years and been part of the club for three. His one-year term as president runs out at the end of June, with Marc Brackett the president-elect to take over.

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