The Rotary motto is “Service Above Self” and their mission is to provide service to others, promote integrity, advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through its fellowship of business, professional, and community leaders.

The Ripley Rotary Club serves Jackson County and beyond. It operates under the umbrella of The Jackson County Community Foundation (JCCF) utilizing the JCCF 501c3.

Each week, the Ripley Rotary meets at Jackson General Hospital to share a meal and discuss ways to improve efforts in assisting the community by fulfilling any need that arises.

Members update the group on events and activities they have participated in and ways the Rotary may help.

They also have speakers who are working on new ideas or starting new programs that need a little additional push to get them off the ground.

The Rotary works hard to be able to take care of the community through programs such as Adopt-A-Family. They hold fundraisers to earn money to be able to provide the items needed to make all of their events a success.

The group is always looking for new members to help in its efforts of serving the community. For more information on how to join or when and where to attend a meeting, contact the JCCF at 304-372-4500.

In other business:

• Ceason Ranson mentioned a new restaurant in Ripley, Maka Mia Pizza, Subs, & Pub is now open with hours of 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

• May 2 is the Health Fair at Jackson General Hospital

• Chuck Conner is working on a Power Point presentation of his Nepal trips. He also reported that the newspaper will be publishing his journal pages for everyone to be able to read in the near future.

• Cristy Sizemore reported that the JCCF will be giving $1,000 to the Ripley and Ravenswood pools as well as the Ravenswood Senior Center for the use of their pool for swimming lessons again this year. Sizemore also noted the Green Center in Kenna is working on getting their kitchen ready for use and will also house a small food pantry.