Tahoe Douglas Rotary hits 40 years
The Tahoe Douglas Rotary Club will celebrate 40 years of service to the community at a special anniversary dinner Sept. 6 at the Ridge Tahoe.
The service club was chartered on Oct. 20, 1962. The Mother Club, or sponsor, was the South Lake Tahoe Rotary Club.
Former members, spouses, guests and Rotarians are invited to join the club at the celebration event. Cocktails will begin at 6 p.m. and dinner will be served at 7 p.m. The cost for dinner is $30 per person. Reservations must be made no later than Aug. 30 by calling Shawn Rowles at (775) 586-1069.
During the past 40 years the Tahoe Douglas Rotary Club has strongly supported community activities both financially and hands-on. The club donated the first Douglas County Search and Rescue Boat and in 1981 helped kick off the initial fund-raising drive for Spanish Springs Youth Camp. TDRC has been the largest contributor to the Zephyr Cove Park by providing funds for and building a par course, covered picnic area with benches, horseshoe pit, scoreboard and storage building as well as purchasing playground equipment.
Tahoe Douglas Rotary was instrumental in establishing the Lam Watah Trail, which begins at the corner of Highway 50 and Kahle Drive and winds through the meadow one mile to Lake Tahoe. The service club graded the trail and provided and installed all the interpretative signs. The club assisted in developing Brautovich Park, which included providing funds to purchase playground equipment. Rotary also made a number of donations to the 4-H campground and is responsible for regularly cleaning up a portion of Highway 50.
Annual events include awarding scholarships to graduating seniors, sponsoring a children’s Christmas Party and hosting international exchange students. The Rotary Club’s biggest fund-raiser is the St. Patrick’s Day Wine Tasting and Corned Beef Feed, which takes place every year in March.
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