100 ‘little things’ a month for a year With their upcoming centennial, the club is celebrating a century of service to the city and a gala will be organised in April to mark the occasion.

Lancaster Parks and Recreation Superintendent Mike Tharp Jr hands out a T-shirt and pool pass to Aubrey Clark, 5, at Rising Park in Lancaster. Photo: Matthew Berry/Eagle-Gazette)
Lancaster Parks and Recreation Superintendent Mike Tharp Jr hands out a T-shirt and pool pass to Aubrey Clark, 5, at Rising Park in Lancaster. Photo: Matthew Berry/Eagle-Gazette

It doesn’t take a single massive project to make a difference.

The culmination of several small acts of kindness can be just as, if not more, meaningful.

That’s why Lancaster Rotary (Ohio, US — District 6690) is doing 100 little things a month for a year.

With their upcoming centennial, the club is celebrating a century of service to the city.

The yearlong effort was announced at the new presidential installation earlier this month.

Incoming Rotary President David Uhl said the club will also be celebrating with a gala in April.

Lancaster’s Rotary club was formed April 1, 1918.

Uhl said the conversation for a yearlong celebration began with Rotary’s fundamental mission of service above self.

The group wanted to serve the community in a massive and visible way. How could that work on such a grand scale?

That’s when the idea for 100 little things every month came from.

Their first project is to pass out 100 pool passes to kids in the community in July.

Rotary has reached out to the Lancaster Parks and Recreation Department for help with some of their projects, including the distribution of these passes.

Parks Superintendent Mike Tharp was at Rising Park Thursday to start handing out the passes.

Rotary is partnering with local agencies for some of these projects.

Uhl said some of these organisations they’re looking at working with already have systems in place to get donations into the right hands.

Other projects, Uhl said, haven’t been fully fleshed out yet and are still in the planning stages.

More details will come as the projects garner support and someone to chair the activity.

“Some of these things, it’s going to take some work,” Uhl said.

The final twelve projects are the ones that Rotary members felt would impact the community the most.

Each year, Rotary focuses on both international and community-focused projects.

Each Rotary president also has a passion project they work to achieve.

Uhl’s focus was on trees, which has been combined into the centennial effort.

Uhl said in talks with Tharp, it would take about two years for the Parks Department to be able to afford and plant 100 trees.

This project will make a significant difference to the beautification of Lancaster.

The gala celebrating the date of the centennial will be a public event for the community with entertainment.

Source: Lancaster Eagle-Gazette

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