Recognizing the best of Fluvanna spirit
Congratulations to Richard Payne for being the third person to receive the Fluvanna Community Service Award, recognizing his leadership and service to Fluvanna County in multiple ways over many years. Richard has been involved with the Charlottesville and Fluvanna area TaxAide program for 11 years, leading this AARP/IRS conjoint effort in Fluvanna this past year.  He was effective in recruiting new volunteers, oversaw the training of those volunteers, and managed the program. Over 800 tax returns were done this year by well-trained volunteers for Fluvanna and surrounding county residents. Richard is also an active leader in his church. He’s the second graduate of the Fluvanna Leadership Development Program (FLDP) to receive this award, and served on its steering committee, including as one of the developers of the ever-popular day-long bus tour of Fluvanna’s historical and business sites. He continues to audit the FLDP books each year. Richard has been a financial counselor for many Habitat for Humanity families during the preparation for home ownership. Richard reflects the heart and soul of Fluvanna and its many volunteers who make Fluvanna such a great place to live, work and play.
 
Kathleen Swenson Miller
FLDP Steering Committee

Endowment for Youth underway

The Rose Deborah Altschull Endowment for Youth is off and running again in 2017! Last year we funded a new facility built in the Central Elementary School: a STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, math) lab. We are now in the planning stage to build another STEAM lab at Carysbrook Elementary School that should be open sometime in October. So far this year we have sponsored kids to attend 4-H summer camp and provided funds for our “Revin For Reading” project. Now we are launching our ninth annual Bright Start for Kids program and our fifth annual Shoes for Success program. Both programs are designed to help less fortunate elementary schoolchildren in Fluvanna to have confidence and enjoy their school year. The Bright Start program provides qualified second grade children with school necessities stuffed into new backpacks. The shoes program allows 80 elementary age schoolchildren to come to Walmart and pick out a new pair of shoes. Our last event for this year will be Operation Warm (seventh edition) in October where we will provide winter coats for 90 schoolchildren.
The endowment was started in 2008 and has shown steady growth from day one. We now have 497 different donors and many of those have contributed multiple times. If you are moved to help us, we would appreciate your contributions in any amount. A donation of $50 will cover the cost of a stuffed backpack. A donation of $25 will send a child dancing off to school in new shoes. The cost for each winter coat is $25. Feel free to donate with funds specifically for one of these programs or a general donation will also be appreciated. All donations are 100 percent tax deductible. Contributions should be written to the Rotary Foundation of Fluvanna County with a note in the memo section of the check to direct the donation to the Rose Deborah Altschull Endowment for Youth. The mailing address is: Rotary Club of Fluvanna County, 265 Turkeysag Trail, Suite 102, Box 114, Palmyra, Va. 22963.

We thank you for your past help and for any funding in the future that you find in your heart to provide for our elementary age schoolchildren in need.

Clifford Altschull
Trustee Rose Deborah Altschull Endowment for Youth

Thanks for supporting the arts
I wake up every morning incredibly happy that I live in Fluvanna County. We are surrounded by very caring people who take care of their own.

On Saturday, July 29, the Fluvanna Art Association (FAA) had a tag sale of art supplies at the Fluvanna County Library to benefit the high school and middle school art programs. The generosity and support of our neighbors was wonderful. As a result the FAA is able to give a major gift to support art education.

For more information about the FAA, check out FluvannaArt.com. And not the least, thank you for supporting the arts in Fluvanna County.

      Deborah Nixon
      Fluvanna Art Association