OXFORD — Members of the Oxford Rotary Club were briefed this past week on the status and success of their primary fundraiser, Oxford Community Stars & Stripes.
The program, which will begin its third year later this spring, places American flags throughout the community on five holidays each year — Memorial Day, Flag Day, July 4th, Labor Day and Veterans Day. The program has grown substantially in its first two years, with over 500 subscriptions recorded for the past season. The Club has set a goal of 600 subscriptions for the upcoming year.
The program’s success does not come without its challenges. While the Oxford Rotary Club has seen a growth in membership over the last two of years, the number of subscriptions and routes to place the flags each holiday weekend has outpaced the Club’s ability to keep up. To sustain the program’s growth, Rotarians have turned to other local organizations to help.
At their latest meeting, the Club presented a check to the Talawanda High School Boys Lacrosse Team for their work on two of the 15 routes staffed each holiday by Oxford Rotarians. THS Lacrosse Coach Brand’n Byrd during the meeting shared stories from his team’s experience delivering flags, including his players being both flattered and surprised by the number of times homeowners told them “thank you” for placing the flags out each holiday. Coach Byrd, himself a combat veteran, expressed his gratitude to the Oxford Rotary Club and thanked the Rotarians in the room for their commitment to this community outreach program.
The Oxford Rotary Club will continue partnering with community groups in 2017 to help with the projected growth in subscriptions. The group will continue its partnership with the THS Lacrosse Team and will add the Talawanda Middle School Athletic Boosters and the United Way of Oxford Board of Directors as partners this year.
Subscriptions are also available for placement at Oxford area homes to residents living in the City of Oxford, Oxford Township and nearby portions of Milford, Hanover and Reily Townships. Contact the Oxford Rotary Club to see if a home is within the service area. To subscribe online, visit www.OxfordFlags.org. Direct inquiries to [email protected] or call 513-593-9601.