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Rotary Club offers flag program for patriotic holidays
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Holiday Flag Program
Who’s eligible: Jefferson residents
Holidays for 2009: Labor Day Sept. 7; Veterans Day Nov. 11
Cost: $12 for rest of 2009; payment must be received by Aug. 25. Checks should be made payable to Jefferson Rotary Club and mailed to P.O. Box 181, Jefferson, GA 30549.
Contact: Ron King, 706-367-0718,

The Jefferson Rotary Club is trying to make it easier for city residents to put their patriotism on display .

The group recently launched its Holiday Flag Program. For $30 per year, club members will display a 3-foot by 5-foot American flag on a 10-foot pole outside a homeowner’s residence on Memorial, Flag, Independence, Labor and Veterans days.

"This is the first year for the Jefferson Rotary flag program," said Ron King, club member.

Although new to Jefferson, King says the flag program is staple a staple for many Rotary clubs.

"I moved here to Jefferson from the Richardson Rotary Club of Texas and we did the flag program there," said King. "There are many Rotary Clubs in the U.S. that have flag programs."

The way the program works is simple: The club takes care of installing a plastic pipe below ground to hold the flag pole between the curb and sidewalk in front of a resident’s home. According to club members, "it will be low enough that it will not interfere with regular lawn maintenance."

On each holiday, a club member will come out and put the flag on display, then collect the flag later that evening. The flag will remain the property of the Jefferson Rotary Club, and is only leased to homeowners on the given holidays.

"Residents can sign up at any time for this year’s flag program for Labor Day (on Sept. 7) and Veterans Day (on Nov. 11)," said King. "They will then be billed for their donation in next year’s program in the spring of 2010."

The Rotary Club is an international organization that is dedicated to community service. There are more than 33,000 local clubs around the world, with more than 1.2 million members.

Local clubs use fundraisers like the flag program to fund other service projects, such as scholarships for high school seniors and working toward the international organization’s goal of eradicating polio.