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"Helping Kids For Over 40 Years"

Mission Statement

Since its founding in 1965, the ROHO Club and its members have worked diligently to help underprivileged children throughout four counties in the tri-state area of Southeast Kentucky, Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia, by generating funds each year through the annual ROHO Fishing Tournament to provide these youngsters clothes and toys they wouldn’t otherwise have if not for the organization’s existence.  

Over the past five decades the club has grown from a hand full of area businessmen to a list of members more than 60 strong, and is comprised of men from all walks of life who vary in age from their early 20’s to their middle 80’s.  Each spring the club sets a goal to sell as many tickets as possible to its annual fishing tournament in an effort to help more of the area’s needy children. 

Despite tough economic times and in an economically depressed area, the club’s goal each year is to surpass its prior ticket sales to further assist additional underprivileged children, while at the same time continuing to recruit new members, and to gain further support from local businesses and area residents in Bell County Kentucky, Claiborne and Union County Tennessee, and Lee County Virginia.  The ROHO’s mission will always be to help a child in need.

ROHO History & Cause

The Junior Chamber of Commerce, also known as Jaycees, is an organization that provides young people the tools they need to build the bridges of success for themselves in the areas of business development, management skills, individual training and community service. The Jaycees have been a force of good throughout the country since the organization was founded. In 1987 the bylaws established membership ages as 21 through 39. Prior to that year, the ages were 21 through 35. This is very important to our story.

In the late 1960’s a group of very successful individuals were approaching 35 and nearing the end of their membership in the Jaycees. Wanting to continue their service to the community, the group of young visionaries started their own organization which they named ROHO.

Why the unusual name of ROHO? The title was taken from an Archie Campbell song about a rooster by the same name that was being turned out to pasture, so to speak. Since departing Jaycees were known as “exhausted roosters," the group felt they had something in common with the rooster. The name was a natural fit, it stuck, and the rest is history.

The gentlemen that started the ROHO organization were a driving force in the development of Middlesboro, Kentucky. The building and the operation of the Middlesboro Jaycees Civic Center is just one example of their hard work and ingenuity. They were the community leaders of their time.

Read more: ROHO History & Cause

Meeting Place and Time

Middlesboro Country Club

The Roho Club is very grateful to the Middlesboro Country Club. They allow the Roho's to have a place to meet year round.  

We meet the 1st Monday of each month at 7:00PM.  If you are interested in becoming a member, make plans to attend a meeting for more details!

Donate to ROHO

Donate an amount of your choice to ROHO Charitable Trust.

All donations go to help our children!

ROHO Fishing Tourney

ROHO Fishing Tournament 

ROHO Fishing Club sponsors a fishing tournament each year to raise funds for our Kids' Christmas Shopping Spree.

Get more information on the fishing tournament by Clicking here.

Sponsor a Child

For a donation of $150, you can sponsor a child in our Annual Christmas Shopping Spree!