ImageSooner Rotarians were treated to talks by directors of two of Norman's most successful social service agencies at Tuesdays meeting.  The Mary Abbott House and Center for Children and Families are vying for $100,000, proceeds  of the 2014-15 Le Tour de Vin events sponsored by the four Norman Rotary clubs.

Clint Williams director of Mary Abbott House, spoke about the project to build out the upper level of their newest facility which will expand the ability to serve children who have experienced sexual abuse. The nationally accredited program provides forensic interviews and medical assessment of children, working closely with the Norman Police Department.

Kate Fitzgerald spoke on behalf of CCFI on the needs of that agency to make improvements to the former Emmanual Baptist Chuch to fit the needs of CCFI. The agency provides therapeutic education  and recreational services for 2,000 children and their parents each year.  She indicated that the Rotary money would be used to develop an indoor therapeutic playground.

Norman agencies were invited to submit proposals for capital projects for funding from Le Tour de Vin. Sooner Rotarians will add their vote with the other Norman Rotarians to select the designated recipient.