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Rotary to celebrate Valentine’s Day with a canned food drive for the Covington UMC Food Ministry
Rotary Has Heart

COVINGTON, Ga. - Rotary clubs in the Eastern United States and across the Caribbean Basin are combining resources to promote the alleviation of hunger from the world. From Delaware to Trinidad, the Rotary Club of Covington has chosen to celebrate its 79th anniversary with a canned food drive in Covington to fulfill the organization’s commitment.

Jackie Gutknecht, public image chair of the Rotary club, is spearheading the project. 

Gutknecht said, “67,500 Rotarians in as many as approximately 1,600 clubs will be collectively making a difference for thousands of families in hundreds of communities.  All members in our club have already committed to helping collecting food for the Covington United Methodist Church Food Ministry. We are hoping the citizens and businesses in our area embrace our mission and help us.”

The project known as Rotary Has Heart is using Valentine’s Day, Feb. 14, as the signature for the projects. Food collection sites will be set up at Rotarian businesses throughout the county for the month of February.

If the public is interested in knowing more about our club or contributing volunteer time or monetary donations, please contact Gutknecht at

The Rotary Club of Covington was chartered Feb. 14, 1939 and will celebrate 79 years of service in the Covington and Newton County community this year. For more information about how to join the Rotary Club of Covington, or giving back, please visit