Chuck Conner, a member of the Ripley Rotary, is counting the days until he heads to Nepal one final time.

During the Ripley Rotary meeting on Wednesday, Oct. 10, Chuck Conner provided the group with an update on his quickly approaching Nepal trip. This will be his 13th and final trip to Nepal to provide assistance to children and rural schools.

Conner explained that he recently attended a Rotary meeting in Grafton where he was overwhelmed by the groups generosity. He expressed how they provided him with items to take to the children as well as giving him their “happy bucks” from the meeting. At every meeting a collection is taken by allowing a member to share a “happy” moment or event they have recently experienced in their life.

“There were 25 people present, I assumed it would be around $25 at the most, but to my surprise, they gave me $225 to put towards my trip,” Conner said.

In addition to donations and backing from Rotary and others, Conner’s journey is made possible by donations received through his GoFundMe page at gofundme.com/NepalSchoolsandChildren. Recently a Rotary in Germany sent $900 to aid in his efforts. He also accepts donations of jewelry appropriate for young girls, which can be mailed to Chuck Conner, 2533 Charleston Road, Spencer, WV 25276.

“We would prefer no plastic, if you have jewelry that you haven’t worn in some time, there are many young girls that would be thrilled to wear it. Necklaces and bracelets are best,” he said.

Conner’s original goal was set at $8,000 and as of Oct. 10, he had met and exceeded that goal for a total of $8,051. With a few days left to go, a final tally has not yet been completed.

In other business:

• Jackson County Community Foundation dinner is set for Thursday, Oct. 18

• No meetings on Oct. 17 or Oct. 24

• Charity auction items need to be given to Carol Stemple as soon as possible.

• Stephanie McCoy was the guest speaker. She discussed the future improvements and upgrades to Jackson General Hospital.