Travis Martin and Angela Sparks were the special guests at last week’s meeting of the Yadkinville Rotary Club. The couple will soon be moving into their new home in Jonesville, which they helped build themselves through Habitat for Humanity.
Claire Sellars, executive director of Upper Yadkin Valley Habitat for Humanity, spoke at the meeting as well and thanked the group for its continued support. The support from the Rotary clubs of Yadkinville and the Yadkin Valley (Elkin-Jonesville) through their annual golf tournament fundraiser has been invaluable to Habitat, Sellars said.
“You guys have worked with Habitat for 20 years on this golf tournament,” Sellars told the Rotarians. “Just think of all the things that have happened in that time with your support. We’ve built houses in Yadkinville, Thurmond, Jonesville, Boonville, Elkin. We have changed lives.”
It’s a celebratory month for Upper Yadkin Valley Habitat for Humanity with its newest homeowners soon to be closing on their home and later this month the annual golf tournament fundraiser sponsored by the Rotary Club will take place. The golf tournament is slated for May 26 at Cedarbrook Country Club in Elkin.
“Through the years, players and sponsors have contributed an amazing $268,000 to building decent, affordable shelter with families in Yadkin and the Tri-County,” Sellars said. “Those Habitat houses have become the strong foundation for local families building a better future for themselves and their children. Working side-by-side with Habitat and Habitat homeowners, Rotarians and the golf tournament participants have truly changed lives.”
Rotary Presidents Jerry Stroud (Yadkin Valley Rotary) and David Nance (Yadkinville) have challenged their members to 100-percent participation in this year’s tournament, either as participant recruiters, sponsors, volunteers or golfers, as Habitat completes its latest house in Jonesville.
“It’s just a blessing to me,” Martin said of their new home. He added that the home would be a place where their children could enjoy playing in the yard and making memories, and a place for them to return to someday after they graduate.
The family has completed their financial training and more than 350 volunteer hours working with Habitat as well as saving for their closing costs. After construction is finished in May, Travis and Angela will purchase the home and begin paying an affordable mortgage. The funds from their mortgage will then be used to build more Habitat homes, Sellars said.
Anyone interested in sponsoring the tournament or playing may contact Sellars at firstname.lastname@example.org or 336-526-2277 or incoming Rotary President Sam Wagoner at 336-466-2543. The tournament features a buffet lunch beginning at 11:30 a.m., shotgun start at 1 p.m., door prizes, skill awards and raffles. Cost is $50 per player.
For more information about Habitat and its home ownership program, visit www.uyvhabitat.org or call 336-526-2277.
Rotary president David Nance also spoke briefly during the meeting last week to announce several awards the group won at their district conference.
“I couldn’t be any more proud of any group than I was this weekend,” Nance said. “Thank you for all your hard work this year.”
Kitsey Burns Harrison may be reached at 336-679-2341 or on Twitter @RippleReporterK.