Rotary Club taking orders for Vidalia onions


The Rotary Club of Sumter-Palmetto is taking orders now for its annual Vidalia onion sales and will deliver the onions beginning May 10.

For about 18 years, the Rotary club has sold the onions as a fundraiser to help provide scholarships to University of South Carolina Sumter, Central Carolina Technical College, Morris College and at-large for someone attending another college. Proceeds also go to provide a free dictionary to every fifth-grade student in the county and Happy Feet, a program that provides free shoes to less fortunate children.

Barry Reynolds, treasurer of the Rotary Club of Sumter-Palmetto, said the organization has been selling the onions for about 18 years and sells about 10,000 pounds of onions a year. The onions are sold in quantities of 10- and 25-pound bags for $11 and $22, respectively.

Rotarians are now taking advance orders, but you can also buy them at a tent across from SAFE Federal Credit Union on Wesmark Boulevard from May 10 through May 13, or when they sell out, whichever comes first.

If you don't know a Rotary Club of Sumter-Palmetto member, you can preorder the onions by emailing Reynolds at or by calling him at (803) 847-0780.