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Rotarians team up with Habitat for Humanity to build wheelchair ramp

By Lee Berger

Bill Swift, President of The Rotary Club of Franklin, wrote a $1,000 District grant, which was matched by the club, to partner with Habitat of Humanity of Macon and Jackson Counties to build a wheelchair ramp in Macon County.

Eleven members of the club (some with more advanced skills) gathered on a chilly 29-degree Saturday morning to build a 45-foot ramp and a small porch for a Macon County couple.

John Wert, a member of the Sylva Rotary Club, is Habitat’s Outreach Director for the project. The crew is pictured with the ramp almost done: from the left are Guy Gooder (Satellite Club); Mike White; Elbie Stiles; Laurel Klonkowski, Habitat employee; Tom James (kneeling); President Bill Swift; Everett Stiles (hiding with hat); Debbie Tallent; Jimmy Villiard, DVM; Wert and John Adams. Not pictured are Patsy Parker and Lee Berger.

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