The Preston Idaho Rotary Club had their weekly meeting Tuesday at the Red Brick Inn and honored their Rotary Student of the Month, Lottie Roberts, and Teacher of the Month, Ruth Tueller. The main focus of the day, however, was on their fundraiser in July.
Mark Beckstead is the Rotary president as well as the mayor of Preston.
“We’re working on our big fundraiser for the year and that’s our 24th of July Fireworks,” Beckstead said. “And so we build the ground displays, we have mid-range fireworks and long-range fireworks – we put on a heck of a show.”
Douglas Webb is on the board of directors and said part of the money raised is to be used for their next international project. The most recent one helped people as far away as Nigeria.
“They were hauling water 15 miles for their little villages,” Webb said. “So we got a sprinkling, or a water system for them. They plumbed it into their towns, 15 villages and it amazes me, 30,000 people are drinking water instead of having to go to the river and get it.”
Beckstead said they will be selecting their next international project later this summer.