Let me tell you about Junior Achievement

Today I had the pleasure of volunteering at a wonderful community service and fundraising event put on by The Rotary Club of Madison County. The event was the Hot Doggett 100 bicycle tour of Madison County. There were two rides: a 100-mile ride and The Devil's Fork Metric, a 100-kilometer ride.

The amount of coordination and work hours required to put on these events is staggering; the effort of the Rotarians is truly impressive. To be fair, they couldn't put on this event without sponsors, public-service groups and more than 100 volunteers. Over 340 participants enjoyed cycling on about 130 miles of the beautiful Madison County roads because of their effort.

Being the executive director of Junior Achievement, which serves six school districts in the region, I know firsthand the impact that this club has in the county. These fine Rotarians provide funding and volunteers to junior achievers and serve every fifth- and eighth-grader in the county with Junior Achievement programs and real-world role models that help inspire and prepare students to be successful in the global economy. Their commitment to the well-being of Madison County students is remarkable.

While it’s certainly self-serving to write this letter saying nice things about one of Junior Achievement’s valuable supporters, I urge you to not take my word for it. Have breakfast with them at one of their weekly meetings and find out for yourself how great these people are and how impressive they and their work for the community is. I’m sure they’ll be glad to let you know how you can work along side them to support the community.

— Alan Kirkpatrick
Junior Achievement of WNC
Asheville

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