To commemorate the 100th anniversary of Rotary International, the Tooele Rotary Club began cleanup of the city’s T-ball park Wednesday.
The 16-member club, called by members “the little club that could,” began the project to resod, install bleachers, a dug-out and a scoreboard for area youth. Club members decided to start at the Rotary Centennial T-Ball Park because young T-ball players often “get the leftovers,” said Mike Wells, Tooele Rotary club president.
In addition to revamping the ball field, plans are underway to install playground equipment and picnic tables to the area on 50 South, First Street in Tooele. Wells said the group plans to make the park comfortable for ballplayers and their families, as well as people in the community looking for a restful place to engage in recreation.
Rotarians in Tooele celebrated the centennial with a birthday party, complete with a cake topped with 100 candles, he said.
The Tooele club currently has members in Peru on a medical mission. They also are involved with a sister city in Russia offering tela-medical services. A cultural exchange program with Russia brings youth from the country to visit Tooele.
Other Tooele Rotary Club projects include a car show in Grantsville and a nighttime fundraising golf event, Wells said.
Rotary Club is the oldest and largest service club in the world, according to Wells. There are 1.2 million Rotarians in 166 countries, all focusing on service projects from stamping out polio to bringing clean drinking water to third world countries Rotary’s top priority is to stop the spread of polio worldwide during its centennial year.
Rotary is the major privatesector partner in the Global Polio Eradication initiative.
Since 1985, Rotary has contributed more than $500 million and thousands of volunteers to the polio eradication effort. More than two billion children in 122 countries have been immunized, and the number of polio cases has been slashed by 99 percent.
“Eradicating polio will be Rotary’s birthday gift to the children of the world,” says Rotary International’s President Glenn E. Estess Sr., of Birmingham, Ala.