Monday marks the 100th anniversary since the Rotary Club of Logan Utah was officially chartered. The club is hosting a Centennial Celebration Dinner on Monday, honoring past participants, past presidents and service projects the club has initiated and partnered with over the past century. Some of those projects are in partnership with Rotary International, notably its successful fight against polio (the number of polio cases worldwide has dropped 99% since 1979). But other projects the club has been involved with are much closer to home.
Over the past 100 years, those local projects have included:
- Planting 100 trees all over Cache Valley in celebration of the club’s 100 years in Logan. Trees were planted near Utah State University, at the Logan River Golf Course and in communities all over Cache County, including Nibley, Wellsville, North Logan, River Heights and Smithfield.
- Awarding over $150,000 in scholarships to students attending Utah State University and Bridgerland Technical College
- Supplying dictionaries to 30,000 third-graders in Cache and Rich counties since 2004 at a cost of $65,000
- Building the bridge at First Dam
- Cleaning up two miles of highway in Logan Canyon twice a year
- Building the Willow West Rotary Pavilion in Willow Park
- Building the Gazebo in Garff Garden and cleaning up the garden twice a year
The Logan club has also participated in international projects, including:
- Arranging and delivering four Cache Valley used ambulances, filled with medical supplies, to Agua Prieta, Mexico
- Financed with a Rotary International Global Grant the building of 23 bathrooms in Ecuador schools
- Delivered 100 propane cookers to Panama schools
- Supporting Rotary International’s Polio Plus campaign
- Provided clean water systems in three Peruvian villages on the Amazon River and financed the building of miles of concrete walkways
- Supported Youthlinc students doing service in Peru, Kenya, Nepal and Vietnam
- Traveled and worked with USU Rotaract students in the building of housing for disabled families in Agua Prieta, Mexico and this annual event will continue
- Installed an Aquaponic System in four villages near Irapuato and Guanajuato, Mexico. The club has worked with an all-women Rotary club out of Irapuato and Choice International, helping the locals with food and a source of income.
The club brings professionals and community members together from multiple walks of life to learn more about and give back to their community. They meet every Thursday at 12 noon at the Logan Golf and Country Club. The weekly meeting includes a lunch and fellowshipping, followed by a guest speaker or presentation. The club has recently had several women as past presidents, including current president Darlene Jensen. The upcoming president will be Wendi Hassan. The club will formally install new officers and leadership coming up on June 27th.