In this day and age, it is not always easy to find individuals willing to devote time and resources to their community, but such service is a characteristic of the Commerce Rotary Club. Members have undertaken a residential flag program as a fundraiser to benefit two local organizations.

“The service costs $35 a year and includes five holidays,” said Commerce Rotary president Mike Roberts. “All proceeds are split evenly between the Northeast Texas Children’s Museum and the Commerce Public Library.”

The program, which first began for Labor Day 2010, also includes Memorial Day, Flag Day, Independence Day and Veterans Day. It is a way for the Rotary Club to invest in the Commerce community, according to Roberts.

“We’re focusing on the future of Commerce and things related to children,” Roberts said. “Both the Children’s Museum and the Commerce Public

Library are worthy organizations, and so we’re trying to help them out.”

While the program is new to Commerce, it is more common in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

“Rotary Clubs around the Metroplex are providing this program asa fundraiser,” said Roberts. “It has been very successful, so we’re following in the lead of other Rotary clubs.”

Rotary Club members place the flags 16 inches into the ground via a PVC sleeve a few days prior to the holiday. The flags, which are set three-feet-by-five-feet fixed to a 10-foot pole, are polyester all-weather flags. The flags are picked up by club members the morning after the holiday.

While the Rotary Club began this program, it is looking for help from other Commerce organizations.

“What other clubs have said is that it is a lot of work and you have to be prepared to handle these five holidays a year,” Roberts said.

“So, we’re looking to get help from organizations and possibly student organizations that need community service hours.”

Because of flag etiquette, the Rotary Club will not place flags while it is raining. According to Roberts, if subscribers are concerned about leaving the flags outside without lighting throughout the night, they are encouraged to take the flags inside.

Persons interested in the program may contact the Commerce Rotary Club.

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