Rotary club celebrates 85th birthday

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By Peg Wunder

Mobridge Rotary quietly celebrated its 85th birthday Monday, Feb. 27, with Jan Sayler leading the singing of “Happy Birthday to Us” as everyone enjoyed cake for dessert.

Bill Zacher introduced Jim Keller who opened his presentation with “This organization is even older than the Mobridge Moose Club which celebrated its 80th birthday this last December.” Jim owns Lakeside Cabins and is the Moose Governor. He informed the group that the money that comes from Rotary for the meals that are served on Monday goes to various Moose charities, such as Moose Haven and Moose Heart. Men’s membership in the Moose is $40 and women’s membership is $30. The Mobridge Moose currently has a membership of about 500 people with 236 members being men. Jim said that he would like 500 more members.

There has been a lot of renovation taking place in the Lodge with new carpeting and new ceiling tiles, thanks to Dacotah Bank, being installed. Immediate plans call for finishing the installation of carpeting and painting. Some landscaping will be done this spring with some trees being planted as one of the priorities.

Last year the Moose Lodge served Thanksgiving dinners to 400 people and made $3,000 which was donated to Mobridge New Hope Organization, Gray Ladies of Mobridge, Mobridge Youth Organization, Bridges Against Domestic Violence and the Mobridge Ministerial Association.

The Moose Lodge plans to provide a meal again this year. This past year Keller said that he thought it would be nice if a few people would come out the day before Thanksgiving and peel potatoes. In fact, he scheduled two shifts of people. Twenty-five people showed up so the first shift finished in a very short time. He praised how wonderful people in Mobridge are when it comes to volunteering to help. He said that he had lots of volunteers the day before and on Thanksgiving Day to help with the meal.

Members get half-off the price of a meal when they have a birthday or anniversary. There is no charge if a member wants to book the Lodge for an event such as a wedding reception, reunion or family gathering. Non-members are charged $150 for rental of the facility. On the first Sunday of each month the Lodge has a breakfast and on the first Tuesday the specialty is German food. Tuesday is buffet night and one Sunday a month is dancing and another Sunday is cards. Pool and bingo are also scheduled. Last year a wedding was held on the grounds and this year more are being planned.

Keller ended his presentation with telling how he saved $8,000 last week. A Moose member from Fargo delivered a heating unit for the dishwasher that his Lodge in Fargo no longer needed. Jim told him about the air conditioner on the roof that hadn’t worked for the past two years. The gentleman went up and looked, came down and asked Jim to take him to the hardware store. They made a purchase, the gentleman went back up on the roof and installed the part. The air conditioner is now working and it cost $5.29 to get it back in operation.

John Badgley introduced Dennis Foster who is an estate planner. He also does some writing for the Aberdeen American News and is a pro fisherman. Dennis said he spends a lot of time working with people here in Mobridge and he promised that we would see more of him.

President Mark Dady reported that our help during the girls district basketball games last week was appreciated. He passed a sign-up sheet for the boys district basketball games this week. Michelle Harrison reported that they have reserved Scherr-Howe for the district tournaments next year.

Norm Frey was not present to claim the 50/50 pot. Next week will be the monthly business meeting when Rotary meets at noon on Monday at the Moose Lodge.

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