The Hinesville Rotary Club discussed a fishing-tournament fundraiser during its weekly meeting Tuesday at the La Quinta Inn on East Oglethorpe Highway.
Club President Marcus Sack presented a $1,000 check to Bethany Lormis, valedictorian of First Presbyterian Christian Academy’s 2014 graduating class. The Rotary Club sponsors three $1,000 scholarships every year to one graduate from each of Liberty County’s high schools —Liberty County High, Bradwell Institute and FPCA.
Lormis said she plans to study psychology at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia.
“I was very honored to receive this scholarship,” she said.
After inducting two new members into the club, the meeting’s focus turned to plans for a fishing-tournament fundraiser, tentatively scheduled for September.
President-elect Brigitte Shanken introduced Phillip Hodges, who has worked with the IFA Redfish Tour and the Lowcountry Redfish Cup and been involved with numerous fishing tournaments across the Southeast and as far west as Texas.
Hodges stressed that the key to hosting a successful fundraising tournament lies in keeping the focus social and family friendly rather than purely competitive.
“The way to make it a fundraiser is to make it a fun-raiser,” he quipped.
Hodges proposed redfish, trout and flounder as possible tournament targets. He also suggested some non-traditional prize categories to keep with the light-hearted spirit of the event.
“I’ve seen everything from paying out for the redfish that had the most spots on it,” Hodges said. “There’s just a million ways to come up with what you all think will be fun and what the locals are going to support.”
Planning for the tournament will continue in future meetings.
The Hinesville Rotary Club meets 12:30 p.m. every Tuesday.