Greensboro Rotary Turns Missing Meetings from COVID into a Benefit for Greensboro Charities

The Rotary Club of Greensboro Rotary, one of the state’s largest Rotary clubs, has turned misfortune into a blessing for organizations in the Greensboro community. Beginning in April 2020 lunch meetings were canceled due to COVID and the club started meeting virtually. This meant that the cost of those meetings’ lunches became a savings to the club.

Club President Ford Bowers explains, “Discovering that we had budgeted for lunches that we were not going to be enjoying together, Greensboro Rotary decided to pay forward that savings to a variety of Greensboro non-profits that have been hit especially hard by the pandemic.”

Approximately $19,000 has be contributed to the following organizations:

  • A Simple Gesture (Food Grants)
  • ArtsGreensboro Artist Relief Fund
  • CFGG Disaster Relief Fund (seeded by Crescent Rotary Club)
  • Downtown Greensboro
  • East Greensboro NOW
  • Guilford Education Alliance (Sumner Computers)
  • International Civil Rights Museum
  • Matt Brown Ready to Swim Scholarships
  • Mustard Seed Clinic (Medical Care)
  • Out of the Garden
  • Ready for School, Ready for Life (Books for Babies)
  • Senior Resources of Guilford
  • The Servant Center

Greensboro Rotary is part of Rotary International, a network of 1.2MM people and 34,000 Rotary clubs worldwide.  As one of the larger clubs in the country, we have members who have diverse interests in local and international projects, and we offer numerous initiatives for both service and fun. For more information including membership, see