VAN WERT — The Van Wert Rotary Club is now accepting applications for the project or projects to be funded by its annual charity auction.

Annually,  since 1988, the club has provided resources to community organizations, government entities and other not-for-profit groups under the auspices of the Van Wert Rotary Foundation, a charitable organization. Projects to be considered must meet certain criteria. The project must respond to a real issue, it must improve the lives of community members, aim for specific goals and objectives with measurable results, conform to the purpose, mission and intent of the Van Wert Rotary Foundation and can be completed within a measurable and realistic timeframe. Generally the auction proceeds are between $20,000-$25,000.

Previous projects funded through the Club’s Charity Auction include construction of the Nature Center at YMCA’s Camp Clay, funding for the Van Wert Tennis Complex, construction of the walking/exercise path at the city of Van Wert’s Reservoir Park, construction of restroom facilities at the City of Van Wert’s Fountain Park, funding for the Youth Baseball diamond at Jubilee Park, walkway and landscaping at Wassenberg Art Center, splashpad at YMCA’s Camp Clay, Salvation Army Capital Project, Van Wert Boy Scouts, 4-H Exchange Club Holiday Lights at the Fair, and $15,000 in scholarships awarded each year to local college students.

Applications can be obtained from club members or by contacting Jim Stripe at