Rotary Club of Easton, Md. members and volunteers gathered early on Sat., Oct. 26, 2019 to paint and finish recent improvements to the gazebo at Idlewild Park in Easton, Md.
Shore United Bank Branch Manager and Easton Rotarian Fran Jenkins organized the effort, with the project adopted by the Club’s freshmen members.
“Last year, we added 12 new members to our Club,” said Rotary Club of Easton President Pat Fitzgerald. “New members are usually asked to organize a project to do together on their own, and we’re grateful our 20108-2019 group decided to take this on as their project, as it ties in nicely with the Club’s plans for our 2021 centennial.”
Willow Construction and Rotarian Michael Hiner donated the use of scaffolding, ladders and other equipment, as well as the painting supplies needed to complete the project.
“Before our paint day, we were able to come out and help make structural repairs to the gazebo’s column footings,” commented Hiner. “It’s a project that remains close to our hearts, and one we’re grateful for doing with our freshman members and in partnership with the Town of Easton.”
The Rotary Club of Easton donated the Idlewild Park gazebo to the community in 1996, in honor of the Club’s 75th anniversary. Since then, the gazebo has become a gathering spot for community members and church groups to use for numerous occasions. The six columns represent Character Count’s Six Pillars of Character, which are trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring, and citizenship.
The gazebo also contains a time capsule of Rotary memorabilia that stretches back to the Club’s 1921 beginning in Easton.
The Rotary Club of Easton Maryland is comprised of nearly 100 professional men and women committed to the Rotary Motto, Service Above Self. They are part of a global network of more than 1.2 million Rotarians who are changing lives in their own communities and around the world. As the world’s first Rotary Club in a town of fewer than 10,000 people, Rotary Club of Easton will host its centennial anniversary in 2021. The Rotary Club of Easton meets Thursdays at noon at Scossa Restaurant in Easton, with guests welcome. For more information, please visit eastonrotary.org.