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Rotarian recognized for efforts to boost literacy

CHESTERTOWN In the 50 years the Chestertown Rotary Club has been in existence, the group has been an unsung hero in its community efforts. Involved in many charitable causes, the Rotary has been a quiet giant of good works. The clubs efforts have ranged from donating to food pantries in Chestertown and Horicon, obtaining a new freezer for the Minerva food pantry, sponsoring local Little League teams, to supporting scholarships for North Warren Seniors. One of its newer projects, now in its fourth year, has been spearheaded by Rotary member Rich Dyer of Brant Lake. That effort is to give personalized dictionaries to area third graders. Currently, Dyer and the Rotary assist North Warren, Warrensburg, Minerva and Bolton schools in meeting that goal. Dyer originally got the idea when he was attending a Rotary function and another district member told him about the project. He brought it to the Clubs Board of Directors and they approved. That was 1,000 dictionaries ago, and theres no stopping him now. The Friends of Horicon Free Public Library heard of his endeavor and surprised him with a Certificate of Appreciation May 20. Sally Joiner, President of the Friends, praised Dyer for his unfailing efforts to promote literacy in the area schools. Dyer said he and the Rotary were focused on helping equip students so they will become lifelong learners. We don't do it for the award, he said. Our goal is that by the time the first recipients graduate, all students who follow will have received their own individual dictionary."

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