The Rotary Club of West Reading-Wyomissing participated in West Reading’s Fall Fest on Saturday, September 17, 2022. Partnering with Bartlett Tree Experts we promoted Rotary’s focus to “support the environment” by giving away Blackgum and Bald Cypress seedlings. Additionally, there was a fall themed photo opportunity for people to stop and take a picture with family and/or friends with a mural painted by a Wilson High School senior, Maddie, who is an active in the school’s Interact Club.
Kevin Weber, Certified Arborist and Representative with Bartlett Tree Experts, and a member of the Rotary Club of West Reading-Wyomissing said, “Bartlett is dedicated to developing environmentally sound products and our Legacy Tree Program provides seedlings to help with restoration efforts along with providing communities and individuals knowledge on how to care for trees. As a fellow Rotarian this is an opportunity to increase tree planting and stewardship in the community. Urban tree population depends on large-scale participation to thrive and grow.”
Per Carolyne Jordan, President of the Rotary Club of West Reading-Wyomissing; “Our Rotary Club is proud to engage in the community with a booth at the West Reading Fall Fest. In addition to distributing six hundred free tree seedlings there was free popcorn and an opportunity to learn more about Rotary and our Club. Proceeds raised from selling water and flavor packets will support local community service projects and global humanity projects.
As People of Action, Rotary promotes peacebuilding and conflict prevention; disease prevention and treatment; water, sanitation, and hygiene; maternal and child health; basic education and literacy; community economic development; and the environment. Examples of the local initiatives we support with organizational funds and local service are Mary’s Shelter, Hope Rescue Mission, Opportunity House, Helping Harvest, Co-County Wellness Services, Children’s Home of Reading, Little Libraries (5); Stop the Bleed: along with various school districts, community, and municipal projects.
The Wilson High School Interact Club, a high school Rotary youth program, partners with us on community engagement projects. Connecting the students with local Rotarians and volunteering side by side promotes a better understanding of Service Above Self between generations. The students develop leadership skills, make new friends, find a mentor, build international awareness, and act. Mr. Chris Daubert, the advisor for the club says, “These students amaze me every year with their passion to help others and their ability to get things done. We have a busy fall helping with the Potato Project Harvest, Arboretum Cleanup and Dream League. Keep an eye out for our Easter EGGstraviganza in the spring for special needs youth.”
The world needs more Rotarians. If you are interested in giving back to others, please reach out to us at [email protected]. The Rotary motto is “Service Above Self,” learn more at www.OurRotaryClub.org.