(Le Mars) — The Le Mars Rotary organization is looked upon as one of the community’s more active civic organizations, and recently planted trees at the O’Toole Park on the north end of Central Avenue in Le Mars. John Schneider serves as president of the local chapter and says the Rotary has a long history associated with O’Toole Park.
Jumping ahead to today, the Le Mars Rotary Club again has assisted with the planting of 15 trees for the park.
Schneider says the trees were planted on the north-side of the skateboard park, and are a type of evergreen tree. He says in addition to the planting of the trees, the Rotary organization will be donating two benches near the skateboard park. Schneider says Ruhland Tree Service and Nursery assisted
with the project. Schneider says the Rotary club enjoys contributing to the community. He says one of the major projects funded each year by the Le Mars Rotary are their scholarships to graduating high school seniors.
Much of the funds raised by the Le Mars Rotary comes from their ice cream cone, sundaes, and root beer float sales from their building at the Plymouth County Fair. Schneider talks about some of the other community contributions by the Le Mars Rotary.
A new project identified by Le Mars Rotary will be to assist with providing clean water to regions of Africa. Schneider says incoming president, Bob Lee is behind that initiative.
Currently, the Le Mars Rotary has 23 members that meet weekly on Tuesday at noon at the basement of the American Bank. Schneider says since COVID-19 virus, the club has still been able to hold its meetings through video conferencing.