Rotary District 5670: November 2014 Newsletter: Thanksgiving


Rotary District 5670: November 2014  Newsletter:  Thanksgiving:

Like all of you, my family and I will celebrate Thanksgiving this week.  We have so many things to be thankful for.  I have got to personally witness and share in the many SERVICE projects our clubs so….

I am thankful for what each our clubs do, both in your community and internationally:

May I share some of my fondest memories of what our clubs do:

Abilene Rotary helps keep the “Wild West” alive by providing rest room facilities in “Old Abilene.” Atwood oversees an auction that annually raises tens of thousands of dollars. Beloit Rotary has started a community garden. Clay center has radio day and Grocery grab. Colby Rotary has built gazebos, parks and trees, while Concordia Rotary oversaw the fundraising and building of a $150,000 community park.

Downs Rotary does dictionaries; Ellinwood has their “After Harvest Parade and Festival.” Ellis has “Pancake Man,” Goodland hosts a pheasant hunt, and Great Bend plants trees and built a new baseball practice field. 

Our Heart of America E Club was just chartered but has projects going on all over the world, including the Philippines.  Hays noon leads a blood drive and does concession work at baseball games.  Hays sunrise: they have taken ownership of “Eakey Park (and inducted 18 new Paul Harris Fellows this year)!

Hill City purchased and maintains the official USA flag for the city and provides benches on a walking path. Hoxie has a ride at the state fair, Lindsborg works the middle school track meet, and Lyons has purchased, maintained, and funded a community building for a local Rehab center

McPherson has led the charge for our district to help sponsor the Rotary Peace Park and Toilet Project in Uganda.  McPherson College Rotaract sponsors a week, which brings attention to the Homeless by “forking “ the courtyard, and having students build and live in homes made from cardboard.

Ness City sales fireworks (when Kansas is NOT in a drought.), while Norton has their 7-time National Champion BB Gun club. Oberlin Rotary sends their 8th graders to Topeka and sponsors the after prom party. Osborne has a Hunters breakfast annually for pheasant hunters.

Phillipsburg Rotary sales cotton candy at the Rodeo and works with Hospice.   Russell Rotary does “Rotary Rescue,” essentially functioning as a first responder for disasters and assisting the Red Cross.

Salina Rotary: well they do so many things: Playground equipment, Parades, back to school back packs, Child care center, mosquito nets for Myanmar, Holiday Angel Tree….

Sharon Springs had our “Arch Klumph” donor for this year, and runs the Merry- go- Round at the state fair.  Smith Center has helped maintain the “Home on the Range Cabin” for over 50 years.

Sterling Rotary single handedly goes to every home in their community to raise money for the community chest.  Stockton hosts a golf tournament, blood drives, and a “Coat Closet.”

Finally, Washington has a grey hound dog racing the big time to tracks to raise money to sponsor such local projects as the local service dog-training center.   This nonprofit gives, at no charge a trained service dog to those in need!!

Thanks to each of our clubs, as we continue to light up rotary in our district!!