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Rotary Club to celebrate 75th anniversary

AU SABLE FORKS The Rotary Club of Au Sable Forks has something to celebrate 75 years of service to the community. Members of the club gathered on Wednesday, April 11 for their weekly meeting. One of the main topics was a 75th anniversary celebration for the group. The event is planned for Saturday, May 12. Its quite an accomplishment, and we love to party! said President John Ryan. Were inviting past Rotary members, spouses, deceased member spouses anyone who wants to come. Ryan added that the event would be ideal for someone interested in finding out what the group is about. The club always welcomes new members. Its an organization that gives something back to the community, said Ryan, adding that the camaraderie was one of the key draws. I enjoy doing something for the community and weve all become friends, Peter Prescott, whos been a member since 1975. The Rotary Club of Au Sable Forks was originally sponsored and chartered on May 9, 1932 with T. W. Mcquillan as the first presidents. The group was chartered as #2770, and is now #4609 in district #7040, which extends into Quebec. Were truly an international district, said Ryan. Since then, the group has racked up the service hours, quietly making the community a better place. The group founded the Au Sable Forks Youth Commission, which was eventually turned over to the towns of Black Brook and Jay; constructed information signs in the Jay Park; raised funds and erected playground equipment next to the town of Black Brook office twice; supported community beautification, and helped to restored the abandoned Presbyterian cemetery in Black Brook. The best kept secret about Rotary is that there is a Rotary, said Ryan, repeating an often-told axiom of the club. Ryan said the Rotary was most noted for its support of local schools and students. The club gives out $5,000 as part of the Ronald Gordon Memorial Scholarship to students at Au Sable Valley Central School and Keene Central School. Over $76,000 has been given in scholarships since the program started in 1968. In 2005, the group raised $1,000 in one day and awarded scholarships to AVCS students taking part in the College Advanced Placement (CAP) program at Clinton Community College. The club currently has about 15 active members. The group is currently planning its community clean up in the Jay hamlet on April 25, its annual walkathon on May 27, to volunteer at the annual Ironman competition. Meetings are held on Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the Au Sable Forks Ambulance Squad building. For Rotary members, weekly attendance is expected, and members can attend other club meetings like Plattsburgh or Lake Placid to make up missed meetings. Prescott said that being a Rotary member was a way of life. For him, Wednesday nights mean Rotary. The Au Sable Forks Club is associated with Rotary International, which has approximately 1.2 million Rotarians belonging to more than 32,000 clubs in more than 200 countries and geographical areas. The Rotary is notable as a part of a global partnership that since 1988 has reduced the number of polio cases worldwide by 99 percent. If You Go The Rotary Club of the AuSable Valley will host a celebration of their 75th anniversary on Saturday, May 12 at the American Legion on McCrea St. in AuSable Forks. All past and present presidents, members, spouses and guests are welcome. There will be Dutch treat cocktails and hors douevres at 6 p.m. and a T-bone or turkey dinner at 7 p.m. Cost is $15. For reservations, contact John Ryan at 733 Green St., AuSable Forks 12912. Dinner choices and money must be received before April 29.

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