Our Programs


The Rotary Club of Madison County has a number of programs that we are actively engaged in at the community, national, and international level. In Madison County, our focus is on youth with many programs and opportunities for young people to belong, learn, be recognized, or receive scholarships. Annually we also support programs which concentrate on the environment and community needs. If you are interested in volunteering to be a part of any of the programs listed below, we would love to have you help. Please go to the “Get Involved” tab for a more detailed description or just contact us.

At the national level, we contribute time and money to programs providing food for those who are in need and money for research to work on a cure/ treatment for Alzheimers.  At the international level, we donate money to eradicate polio in the world and to other causes as they arise.

Rotary Club of Madison County Announces the 2023 Youth Based Arts Grants and Make a Difference Grants

The Rotary Club of Madison County is pleased to announce that it has two funds with approximately $9,000 available for organizations in our community to apply for grants.

Each year, the local Rotary Club sets aside a portion of the money raised from several fundraising events to grant money to numerous organizations through the “Make A Difference” fund and the “Youth Based Arts” fund. Please click on the links below to read more and apply for one of these grants

Student of the month

The Rotary Club is proud to recognize a student selected each month by the staff at the two local high schools. These students are honored at our meeting with an award and we get the opportunity to learn more about our great, local students and hear about their future goals.


Rotary has been working to eradicate polio for more than 30 years. Our goal of ridding the world of this disease is closer than ever.

As a founding partner of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, we’ve reduced polio cases by 99.9 percent since our first project to vaccinate children in the Philippines in 1979.


The CART (Coins for Alzheimers Research Trust) Fund provides funds for cutting edge research to cure Alzheimer’s disease. Club members contribute cash and aluminum cans for cash to help this project raise the money for the grants.


Established as a Rotary-structured program in 1971, Rotary Youth Leadership Academy is Rotary’s leadership training program for young people. High school students attend a weekend of challenging talks and tasks.

Trauma Teddy Bears

We collect Teddy Bears for the Sheriff’s department and the Department of Human Services to give to children to calm them during traumatic situations.

Rotarians Against Hunger

Rotarians and community volunteers gather once a year to package food to be sent to those who are in need in western North Carolina and seed packets designed for the specific country’s overseas.

Rotaract & Interact

Rotaract (at the college level) & Interact (at the High School level) clubs are sponsored by individual Rotary clubs, which provide support and guidance, but they are self-governing and self-supporting.


The Rotary Club of Madison County is proud to distribute several scholarships to deserving students in our county. One is designed for a student attending a 4-year college and the others are for those who will be attending a community college.

Junior Achievement

Rotarians and other volunteers teach the Junior Achievement curriculum which is designed to give young people the knowledge and skills they need to own their economic success, plan for their futures, and make smart academic and economic choices.


We are determined to keep our community as litter-free as possible and coordinate quarterly street cleanups. For over 10 years, we have collected litter on a stretch of North Main Street in Mars Hill.


The Rotary Club of Madison County is proud to serve our local and international community. Meetings are typically held at Pittman Dining Hall on the Mars Hill University Campus in Mars Hill.

Reach out to us at madisonncrotary@gmail.com to attend a meeting!

Reach out to 2022-23 Club President Barbara Sheperd by phone or text at (828) 380-3103 or email her at madisonncrotary@gmail.com