UNION — After more than 30 years of being an important part of the club’s fund raising activities, the Union Rotary Club’s aluminum can project is being discontinued due to declining profitability.
In a vote of 10-9 with a number of abstentions, the Union Rotary Club voted Tuesday to immediately discontinue the aluminum can project which President-Elect Lewis Jeter said began in 1981. Jeter said Wednesday that the Rotarians took this step reluctantly in light of the project’s growing inability to turn a profit for the club. He said the project, which pays 40 cents a pound for aluminum, needs to collect at least 200 pounds a week in order for the club to turn a profit. In recent weeks, however, Jeter said the project has been collecting much less than that, making it unprofitable for the club to continue with it.
“It was not something that anyone was looking forward to doing,” Jeter said. “It’s just that it got to where it was not cost-effective.”
Jeter said the club used the money from the aluminum can project to help support the literacy program at the Union County Carnegie Library and to help sponsor the Timken Sports Complex as well as grants to various educational, athletic, charitable and other organizations in Union County. He said the funds were also at times used for projects outside the county, most recently the purchase of shelter boxes at a cost of $1,000 each which are being sent to The Philippines to help the victims of Typhoon Haiyan.
While the club will no longer be purchasing aluminum, Jeter said it will still accept donations of aluminum. Jeter said the club will leave a trailer at its collection center on the North Duncan Bypass and in the parking lot of Jimmy’s Fresh Air Galaxy. He said as the club will no longer be paying for aluminum, any aluminum placed in these trailers will be donations, adding that any funds generated by this will go toward the club’s charitable activities.
Jeter added that while the club is discontinuing the aluminum can project, it will retain its North Duncan Bypass collection site and the equipment it uses. He said this is to ensure that, should circumstances permit and the club vote to do so, it can readily begin purchasing aluminum again.
The aluminum can project was one of several fund raising activities conducted by the Union Rotary Club. Jeter said the club is currently in the process of finding another fundraiser to succeed it.
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