REGION – The Bellaire Rotary Club encompasses the communities of Alden, Bellaire and Central Lake. According to club president Gary Lockwood, members have been busy with a number of projects that began earlier this year and are continuing into the fall and winter.
One of those projects was the inaugural year of the children’s garden at John Rodger Elementary School in Bellaire, which was a joint effort with the Bellaire Youth Initiative and Juniper Garden Club.
According to Lockwood, the children learned to plant, maintain and eventually cook the produce they grew – with the garden’s flowers being delivered to area seniors.
“It was a wonderful experience for all,” Lockwood said.
“We also sponsored the ‘Human Trafficking’ lecture for our local area that was hosted at Bellaire High School, which was truly an eye-opening program.”
With the weather turning colder, he said the club’s next project will be setting up the village’s popular ice skating rink and corresponding skate swap event.
Both are a continuation of last year’s inaugural success that Lockwood said “were wonderful for the whole community.”
This year’s skate swap is scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 4, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Antrim County Commission on Aging. To find out more, contact Gary or his wife Tammy at 231-377-2002.
Additionally this holiday season, the club will be carrying out “The Giving Tree” at Meadow Brook Medical Care Facility in Bellaire, where second-graders from Bellaire and Central Lake will visit the seniors to sing Christmas carols and offer a couple of special surprises for the residents.
“The growth of our organization is due to the ‘fire’ we believe we have started with what we are accomplishing in our community,” Lockwood said. “People are excited to see what we are doing, and they want to be involved in this movement.”
Lockwood challenged others in the area to consider joining Rotary in “the movement of helping us to help others, to improve our everyday lives.
“We need to live by example for our children and ourselves,” he added.
To find out more, contact Lockwood at the number above.