Three groups honored by Chamber

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By Peg Wunder

President Mark Dady announced Monday that Rotary was recognized by the Mobridge Chamber of Commerce as one of the Outstanding Charitable Organizations of Mobridge.The announcement was made Friday at the Chamber’s annual meeting and banquet. 

Other organizations that were recognized were the Ministerial Association and the New Hope Foundation. Dady had prepared a thank-you but because of time restraints was not able to read it at the banquet so it is included here.

“On behalf of the Mobridge Rotary Club and its 39 members I thank you (the Chamber of Commerce) for this award. ‘Service above Self’ is our motto. The object of Rotary is to encourage and foster the ideal of service as a basis of worthy enterprise.

“When you list many of the projects we have accomplished over the last few years, all I can say is ‘wow’. But we could not have done these projects without the support of our local community. So thank you to all those individuals and businesses that have donated to our causes.

“Our club is part of Rotary International. One of Rotary International’s goals is to eradicate polio in the world and we are close to achieving that goal. Other Rotary International projects include bringing clean drinking water to those without it. Another program is the literacy project. Rotary International is one of the first organizations on the scene of natural disasters supplying tent survival boxes.

“Our club members also serve this community by being volunteers to many other clubs and organizations here in Mobridge and throughout the state and I thank the members who are making Mobridge a better and great place to live.

“Again on behalf of all Rotarians, thank you for this award.”

Fundraising events are Roses for Rotary, the Holiday Basketball Classic, Rotary Track Meet, Monday Night Football and the Final 4. Projects that have been undertaken in the past few years are the storage shed at Tiger Stadium, assistance with the concession stand addition to that shed, and bleachers and bathrooms at Legion Baseball Field. Other projects include swings for the playground at the new school, Halloween party and dance, yearly scholarship, sharing a float with the American Legion for the Fourth of July parade, free Fourth of July weekend fundraiser for the Rotary Foundation, Boy Scouts (longest continuous sponsor in S.D.), additional bike for the police department patrol, Christmas trees for Santa Land, eight starting blocks for track meets, runway for long jump and triple jump at Tiger Stadium and an ice machine at Scherr-Howe for athletes. Additionally, Rotary has contributed to local organizations where it is perceived there is a need for assistance.

It was noted that Mobridge Rotary was founded Feb. 21, 1927, which makes our local club almost 85 years old.

Michelle Harrison gave a brief report on the Chamber banquet. Two hundred sixty-eight people were at the banquet and 700 people were present to enjoy Willams & Ree. From all reports the food was good, the entertainment was wonderful and everyone had a good time. Michelle announced that Cindi Volk is the new board member on the Chamber board.

Bill Zacher introduced his guest Duane Martin and announced that Duane is joining Rotary. The district governor has stated that each year each club should gain at least one new member as a goal. We have met that goal for this year, but would like to gain even more members.

Zacher was present to claim the 50/50 pot. Next week being the first Monday of the month, will be the monthly business meeting when Rotary meets at noon at the Moose.

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