Rotary lost a friend and servant to the club on June 22. He was a faithful secretary to the club carefully tracking attendance, club records, updating the district database, keeping track of board meeting minutes, prodding the president about elections and officers, and otherwise keeping the club on track. All of this he did cheerfully. He was a quiet man with a big heart to serve–A Rotarian and a friend who will be missed dearly.
Outgoing La Grande Rotary president 2018-19 and incoming president Michelle Long 2019-20 pictured. Joel awards Michelle with the Paul Harris fellow representing her excellent work with the exchange program for the past two years. In his remarks to close the Rotary year June 30, 2019, Joel recalled the many important projects that Rotarians have given effort to: the Special Olympics summer picnic, the Dictionary Project, the two evening Daddy-Daughter Dance, the massive Community Clean-up, scholarships, and youth exchanges. Michelle pledged to continue the good work and to pursue the high school and college Rotary affiliates of Interact and Rotaract Clubs.
“On Saturday, May 4th the La Grande Rotary Club is hosting our semi-annual Community Clean-Up Day. From 9:00am to 2:00pm, bring any non-hazardous trash, recyclables, or scrap metal to one of three locations for disposal. We’ll have dumpsters at Les Schwab Tire Center, and the corner of Ash Street and V Avenue in La Grande, and we’ll also have dumpsters at Fred Beeman Park in Island City. In addition to trash, recyclables, and scrap metal, the Les Schwab location will be accepting car and small pickup tires at a charge of $2 per tire, or $3 per mounted tire. Truck and tractor tires not accepted. Vehicle batteries will also be accepted. The La Grande Rotary Club is a local organization committed to community service and engagement, and we have many partners for this project who share in that commitment. We are accepting cash and check donations at each location. We hope to see you at one of our 3 locations on Saturday May 4th, between 9:00am and 2:00pm.