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Long Prairie Rotary Club celebrates 32nd anniversary
Rotary is about service
By Taylor Lunemann- Staff Writer for the Long Prairie Leader
(Thank you Taylor for writing this article!)
Driving into the town of Long Prairie, an observant individual may notice a reflective circular sign with “Rotary International” printed on it on the side of the road. But how many people who have spotted this sign know the meaning behind the organization?
This April will mark the 32nd year that the Rotary International organization first began to make it’s mark on the Long Prairie area.
It was in 1984 when local resident Bernie Roscoe began to approach people about the possibility of starting up a Rotary Club in town. After reaching 25 members, they applied for a charter which was granted in March of 1985 and on April 20, 1985, the Charter Presentation banquet was held for the current Long Prairie Rotary Club.
Rotary is an international organization with goals that include: promoting peace, fighting disease, providing clean water, sanitation, and hygiene, supporting education, and growing local economies throughout the entire world.
The local organization has stayed busy over the years doing many projects such as: donating to Dollars for Scholars, building and maintaining the Lake Charlotte dock, supporting the Christie House museum, raising money for equipment at the hospital, new ambulances, post prom party, and other community projects.
Courtesy Dock at Lake Charlotte, sponsored by Rotary
They also host a strong foreign exchange program where they not only welcome in international students, but also send local interested individuals abroad. The most recent was Jenna Langer, a 2013 graduate of Long Prairie-Grey Eagle High School, who spent time in South America.
With the Rotary having clubs all over the world, students get support from both home and at their destination. “You have double support. If you go as a student, your local Rotary club sponsors you, pays attention to what’s happening, and then the club you end up at also pays attention to you,” said Long Prairie club member Kirk Olson. “There’s more of an on the ground support system there.”
Jenna Langer, Rotary Exchange student to Peru, S. America
“If there’s a service club on the ground, there’s a little more volunteerism so it cuts costs in terms of getting the same thing done, and there’s more accountability,” Olson added. “If we have a well drilled in another country, you try to hook up with the local club and it’s nice to have follow up. If nobody maintains the project, then you haven’t accomplished much.”
That isn’t strictly limited to the student exchange program, however, as the Rotary gets involved in issues such as giving communities abroad access to clean water. Clubs near the project make sure to have a hands on approach, so it’s not just various Rotary clubs signing checks.
In addition to international projects, the Rotary also focus on supporting education. While they do provide financial support through scholarships to local students, they also send two or more local students each year to the Rotary Youth Leadership camp in Crookston.
This offers students with high leadership potential the opportunity to learn how to be good role models which they will in turn, pass on to their peers back in the Long Prairie area.
Volunteering at Camphill Village Open House 2016
“The Rotary is overall heavily involved in supporting youth and service projects both locally and internationally,” said member Bob Stein. “Those are some of the major areas of focus.” At the beginning of each year, the local Rotary club takes a look at the budget to address the potential service projects. “We have a lot of requests for funding and tend to look at the funding that are within the parameter or guidelines of Rotary,” Stein added.
But the local club also enjoys getting its members out into the community and getting hands on with its projects. A good example of that is through their tree planting at Harmony Park located next to the elementary school.
“We don’t want to be a group that just writes checks,” Olson said. “That’s boring. The more hands on stuff we do, the more we draw more and more of the newer members in.”
One of those new members includes Danielle Woida, who joined because she wanted to get involved in the community. The local Rotary club supports the annual homecoming parade the LPGE school district puts on, and Woida, an insurance agent, found out being in the club had her recognizing more and more faces in town when she attended the event.
“We do know more people now,” she said. “I went to the parade and was saying ‘hi’ to everyone. I was like ‘I know everybody in Long Prairie now.’”
Law Enforcement Appreciation Evening 2016
sponsored by the Rotary Club
Marlene Clark & new members:
Kelly Peterson & Danielle Woida
For Stein, a charter member, it’s the basics that keeps him coming back to the club each year. “It’s an international and local service organization that maintains high standards for the a level of giving and the importance of needs and projects,” he said.
The best way to support the local Rotary club is through their rose sale program, which they put on each fall. The sale begins in September and the roses are picked up in October.
Rotary Roses Fundraiser in Long Prairie- 1,000 dozen sold
The club is also always welcoming to new members, and any prospective members are invited to contact a current member or look them up online. They can be found at www.longprairierotary.org, which is also linked on the Long Prairie Chamber of Commerce website. The club can also be found on Facebook by searching “Long Prairie Rotary Club” in the search bar.
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