Imagine Rotary Tour here next week

Thursday, September 22, 2022

McCOOK, Neb. — They’ve fed the hungry, they’ve helped beautify parks and playgrounds, they’ve assisted families with emergency needs and that’s just in the cities where they live. Around the world they’ve inoculated millions against Polio, they’ve built schools and they’ve installed water purifying facilities.

McCook Rotarians will be hosting District 5650 and 5630 Governors, Barbara Bartle of Lincoln and Deb McCaslin of Broken Bow, on Thursday, Sept. 29 for an Imagine Rotary Impact Tour. McCook is one of nine community hubs that the two District Governors will be visiting in the next few weeks across Western Iowa and all of Nebraska. The purpose of the tour is to share Rotary’s story, tour the community, and participate in service projects and social activities for a cause.

“We’re ‘People of Action,’” noted District 5650 Governor Bartle. “I’m especially proud of what our clubs have done to help the people of Ukraine. From the very first day of the war, Rotarians in our districts and around the world, have shown courage, compassion, and commitment.” Bartle exhibited the ‘People of Action’ theme of Rotary International when she personally went to Poland in April to help welcome refugees from Ukraine. And, while there, she helped coordinate collaboration with the International Rotary Club of Warsaw to help support the refugees.

“Members of our clubs in Western Nebraska have a heart for service,” added McCaslin. “We’re supporting a Girls Empowerment Project in Zimbabwe reaching nearly 10,000 school-age girls. We’ve drilled water wells in villages, provided incubators and neonatal training to combat infant mortality and supported cleft lips and palate surgeries just to list a couple of projects.” McCaslin is known throughout her district as someone who spreads enthusiasm and excitement. “It’s through Rotary we truly can make a difference one child, one family, one little girl at a time,” McCaslin added.

Bartle and McCaslin will call together Rotarians to meet with community leaders and citizens in the nine tour stops across Nebraska and Western Iowa. “We’re involving people from Rotary clubs across our two districts,” said McCaslin. “We want people to know how we contribute to our communities no matter where we live.”

“In addition,” added Bartle, “We want people in those communities to learn about a new project, the Rotary International Community Assessment Tool. It includes a survey, asset inventory and mapping guidelines to help Rotary members plan their next community project.” Business, government, and education leaders in the two Rotary districts will have the opportunity to participate in the Communities in Action project by participating in the assessment.

The McCook Tour will start at 11:30 a.m. at the Keystone Business Center with tours of the facilities. Following lunch at Sehnert’s, the group will explore several projects that McCook Rotarians have been involved with including the B Street Park, K9 Korner Dog Park, McCook Walking Trail, Pickleball Courts, Disc Golf Course, and Skate Park. Other stops will include McCook Community College, Red Willow County Fairgrounds, Ed Thomas YMCA, and a walking tour along Norris Avenue.

The day will conclude from 5 to 7 p.m. when the Governors and McCook Rotarians serve the Community Supper at Memorial United Methodist Church. Everyone who attends the Community Supper on the evening of September 29 will be entered into a drawing for a 58-inch smart T.V. that the McCook Rotary Club will be giving away.

Organizers are inviting the public to join them throughout the afternoon to learn more about Rotary and the impact the organization makes on the community and beyond. Reservations are required to plan for lunch and transportation and can be made by emailing mccookrotary@gmail.com. For more information, contact Joyce Anderson at 308.345.4512.

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