A new club chartered on a promising note The idea for a Rotary club was put forth in October 2016 when the DG-elect said people in the Frontier schools area should think about starting a new club for their welfare.

Frontier Rotary Club Secretary Dawn Girard receives her Rotary International pin from DG-elect Dan Ryan marking her as a Rotary member at the charter ceremony for the new club. Photo: James D Wolf Jr
Frontier Rotary Club Secretary Dawn Girard receives her RI pin from DG-elect Dan Ryan marking her as a Rotary member at the charter ceremony for the new club. Photo: James D Wolf Jr

Almost a year after the concept of creating a Rotary club for the Frontier schools area came about, everything was finalised with a charter ceremony.

The club is now recognised as the 57th club in Rotary District 6540, covering the upper third of Indiana, US.

The evening started with a meal made by Frontier High School’s culinary arts class and piano music, then moved to the Frontier Junior/Senior High School auditorium as the new members received their pins and were welcomed by Indiana Rotary officials and Rotary Club of Monticello members.

The club chose the Frontier school as the place to have the dinner and charter ceremony because the club exists to serve the families and areas in the Frontier school district, Club President Marty Cotterman told the crowd.

“This is home for the Frontier Rotary,” Cotterman said.

The students of the culinary class will also get a stipend from Rotary towards the class’ trip to Taste of Chicago this summer, adding to the $250 the students already made by creating the club’s lunches for its twice-monthly meetings.

The charter ceremony started as Monticello Rotary’s President Cathy Gross and Membership Chairman Doug Pepple handled the official gavel over to Cotterman, who struck the club’s new bell to begin the procedures.

“None of this happens without some horsepower and some hard work,” Cotterman said.

The idea for the club was put forth in October 2016 when District Governor-elect Dan Ryan, of the Rotary Club of Demotte, said people in the area should think about starting a new club.

He and Pepple then had a callout meeting in March, and regular meetings followed in April.

The club was chartered on Oct 16 of this year, but before that, the members became active in having bi-weekly meetings and improving the community.

“We immediately did some things to be seen because you have to do things to be known,” Cotterman said.

That includes working Brookston’s Apple Popcorn Fest and helping the school clubs fundraise by providing material support.

Frontier Rotary members invested about $2,000 in the community by the time the club was chartered and has about $5,000 at work in the community now, said Cotterman.

Source: Herald Journal

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