Henderson County Tourism Development Authority awards grant to Four Seasons Rotary

The Four Seasons Rotary Club has been selected as the recipient of a $1,000 grant from the Henderson County Tourism Development Authority (TDA) to support the marketing of the 2022 Apple Tour Bike Ride.

The event, held annually on Labor Day, attracts more than 500 cyclists to the mountains of Henderson County each year. The grant was awarded in the “destination events” category and will allow organizers to promote this year’s ride in areas outside of western North Carolina.

Tour co-director and Four Seasons Rotary member Dick Miley accepted the check from Henderson County TDA executive director Michelle Owens.

“We are thrilled to support Four Seasons Rotary for this important charity event, as it not only showcases our community and enhances the visitor experience, but also supports local non-profit organizations that perform a important work in Henderson County,” Owens said.

Cyclists take part in an Apple Tour past along Henderson County country roads.

Four Seasons Rotary will use grant funds to attract runners for the 10th annual event from areas like Atlanta, Florida and the Carolinas.

“We believe our event is unique because it allows visitors to enjoy the annual NC Apple Festival all weekend and stay in town to bike around our beautiful region on Labor Day,” said Miley. “It’s more than a fundraiser…it’s also an important example of the beauty our region has to offer as a destination for tourists and visitors.”

Registration and more information for the Apple Tour are available at www.tourdapple.com.

The Rotary Club Four Seasons has 22 members and is part of Rotary District 7670 and Rotary International. The group represents a cross section of businesses and professions in Henderson County and encourages members to participate in the service of others through club activities.

Funds raised each year by the club support various civic and educational programs in the community and around the world, including scholarships, youth exchange programs, adaptive sports and a local downtown park. The club meets Mondays at 5:30 p.m. at the Janitzio Mexican Restaurant, 1053 Spartanburg Highway, and guests who wish to learn more about Rotary are always welcome. More information about the club is available at www.fourseasonsrotary.org, and on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Rotary International is a global network of more than 32,000 clubs in 200 countries. The organization launches humanitarian programs that address today’s difficult issues, such as hunger, poverty, clean water, peace and conflict resolution, and illiteracy. Members of Rotary and Rotaract clubs include 1.4 million men and women who volunteer their expertise, time and funds to support local and international projects that help those in need and promote understanding between cultures .

Rotarians are people of action who have used their passion, energy and intelligence to improve lives through service for more than 115 years, creating lasting change in communities around the world. Rotary’s flagship program is PolioPlus, the effort to protect children from polio, with the goal of ending the disease worldwide. For more information on the polio eradication effort, visit www.endpolio.org.

Sara H. Byrd