Bucket Brigade 2018

Sunday, May 13, 2018 By: Larry L. Thompson
On a sunny morning May 12, 2018, over 20 members of our club gathered at 3117 Ray Avenue to tackle the "ideal" house for our club to paint...said chairman Dennis Wilson at an earlier meeting. According to estimates on time to finish and paint required, it later appeared new estimaters are needed. The owner, Angel, pitched in to help and with her encouragement and delight, we completed the painting just after 2:00 PM...but it was noon somewhere! 

Not only did the house get two coats of paint, but the shrubs around the house were trimmed by landscaper, Ed Morrissey. We had pizza and sodas delivered and the estimators missed the mark here also bringing more pizza than we should eat. Likely, everyone who pitched in and painted Saturday, went away feeling a real sense of accomplishment. This was a true Service Above Self project!

New Bicycle Connector Trail

Sunday, April 22, 2018 By: Larry L. Thompson
Riverfront Park in Alton, Illinois has a long and interesting history serving as the riverboat landing in Alton during the years leading up to the construction of Lock & Dam #26 in 1938. When that dam was replaced and moved in 1990, Alton then had the opportunity to recreate its river front. A new marina was added, the railroad bridge was removed, the old narrow Clark bridge was replaced with a new four lane cable stay bridge which includes bicycle lanes, and the Alton Amphitheater was dedicated in May 2009. 

Completed in 1979, the Sam A. Vadalabene Bicycle Trail was opened from Alton to Pere Marquette State Park. With the Confluence Greenway Trail on the levee coming into Alton from down river, it became possible to ride from the Gateway Arch, cross the Mississippi River at the Chain O Rocks Route 66 bridge and continue north along the levee to Alton where a connector trail continued through Riverfront Park to the Vadalabene Trail beginning at West Broadway and State Street.

During the construction of the Amphitheater completed in 2009, only a portion of the connector trail was rerouted around the Amphitheater. Bicyclists coming into Alton were greeted with a sudden ending of the pavement into a mowed lawn. The casino parking lot 431 feet away was improved to provide parking for Argosy customers and the restriping of the parking lot did not include bike lanes or directions to the Vadalabene Trail. There are some remains of the original connector trail through the casino parking lot with two or three small signs and some striping near the railroad crossing before reaching the exit on West Broadway. There does remain a full paved bicycle trail along the Ardent Mills on Broadway although the striping is no longer visible.

This year the Alton Godfrey Rotary Club has taken the initiative to partner with the City of Alton and The Great Rivers Land Trust to finance and participate in the construction and development of the Alton Connector Bicycle Trail through Riverfront Park. Portions of this project will take place this spring and the club will continue to assist the city with the maintence of this trail. Rotary International conducts a Clubs Grant Program funded by The Rotary Foundation, where clubs may apply for a grant to conduct a project consistent with one of Rotary's Areas of Focus. The Rotary Club of Alton-Godfrey received a grant of $2,000 for the bicycle connector trail as local economic development supporting Alton's tourism attractions.

Fun Weekend in Canton

Monday, April 23, 2018 By: Kim Bunner
Fun Weekend was held in Canton March 16-18, 2018. 
Students visited a reindeer farm, packaged food for a food pantry, learned judo, created a craft for their host families, cooked meals from their home country, and were entertained by a magician.

                 

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District Events

Rotary Day at the Ballpark
June 17th 2018
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Zone 30-31 River Cruise - Toronto
June 23rd 2018
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District Officer Installation Dinner
June 30th 2018
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Rotary Leadership Seminars 2018 - ERLANGER, KY FRI & SAT
Jul 13th - Jul 14th 2018
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Rotary Institute - Montgomery, AL
Oct 9th - Oct 14th 2018
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Rotary District 6460 Conference 2018
Nov 2nd - Nov 3rd 2018
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