‘Serve above self’ keeps Fort Morgan’s spinning wheel turning – The Fort Morgan Times

The Rotary Club of Fort Morgan has been serving the Fort Morgan community for over 85 years. Its motto, “Serve Above Self,” is the driving force that keeps members focused on making a positive impact in the lives of their neighbors.

Doug Crandall, a member of the Fort Morgan Rotary Club, made a healthy turkey and vegetable soup using a recipe he found on Pinterest.  (Katie Roth/The Fort Morgan Times)
Doug Crandall, a member of the Rotary Club of Fort Morgan, made a healthy turkey and vegetable soup from a recipe he found on Pinterest for the club’s annual Chili Cookoff in December 2021. (Fort Morgan Times file photo)

Globally, Rotary is committed to promoting peace; fight against disease; drinking water supply, sanitation and hygiene; work to save mothers and children from harm and disease; support education; growing local businesses and economies; and more recently, the protection of the environment and natural resources. Rotary values ​​diversity and celebrates the contributions of people of all backgrounds, regardless of age, ethnicity, race, color, ability, religion, socioeconomic status, culture, sex, sexual orientation, and gender identity. These values ​​are supported by the local Rotary Club, where everyone is welcome.

Locally, the Rotary Club of Fort Morgan also raises funds to provide scholarships for students through various fundraising events. In 2021, under the leadership of then-President Carol Johnson, the Rotary Club of Fort Morgan awarded three $1,000 scholarships to local students. Rotary Scholarship recipients have gone on to study many different subjects, and many of these students have found success in their fields nationally, abroad, and right here at home.

Volunteers from the Rotary Club and Lions Club of Fort Morgan garden a property in Fort Morgan as part of the "day of service" event on May 7, 2022. (Lyn Deal/Courtesy Photo)
Volunteers from the Rotary Club and Lions Club of Fort Morgan garden a property in Fort Morgan as part of the “Day of Service” event on May 7, 2022. (Lyn Deal/Courtesy Photo)

Rotary of Fort Morgan has been delivering lunches and meals to seniors and disabled people in the community through the Meals on Wheels program every Friday for years. This is not an easy task, as it takes three Rotarian volunteers each week to make it happen. Additionally, other Rotarians volunteer during the week at the Gene Doty Senior Center and as drivers to help ensure people receive meals Monday through Friday. For the past two years, the Rotary Club has also been giving out a gift bag to meal recipients during December just to remind our seniors that they are remembered and valued during the holidays.

Last April, Rotary volunteers, along with Fort Morgan Mayor Lyn Deal and some members of the Lions Club, participated in a day-of-service event to help those who couldn’t do an outdoor spring clean. free in their gardens. Volunteers removed many, many bags of leaves and other debris, raked, mowed and trimmed Fort Morgan’s landscaping. A day of community service is a longstanding tradition among Rotary clubs.

Carol Johnson serves Chicken Pot Pie Soup, earning her the 2021 People's Choice Award for Best Soup.  (Katie Roth/The Fort Morgan Times)
Carol Johnson serves Chicken Pot Pie Soup, earning her the 2021 People’s Choice Award for Best Soup at the annual Rotary Chili Cookoff. Johnson served as president of the Rotary Club of Fort Morgan in 2021. (Fort Morgan Times file photo)

Other events, volunteer activities and donations provided by the Rotary Club of Fort Morgan last year included: serving dinner to Cargill employees at the Bobstock Music Festival (Cargill is a major sponsor of Bobstock), serving chocolate hot cakes and cookies at the Fort Morgan Commerce’s Christmas Parade, hosting an annual Chili Cookoff in December, and donating two bike repair stations located in Riverside Park and the Fort Morgan Fieldhouse.

In July, the Club had its annual leadership change with Jody Strouse as president and Loren Boyett as president-elect for July 2023. The annual leadership change encourages new ideas and gives all members the opportunity to contribute to the growth and development of the Club. Club and community.

Volunteers from the Rotary Club of Fort Morgan, the Lions Club and the Fort Morgan Police Department "Turf Compliance" program gather in Riverside Park after a day of landscaping at eight properties in Fort Morgan as part of a "day of service" event on May 7, 2022. (Lyn Deal/Courtesy Photo)
Volunteers from the Rotary Club of Fort Morgan, the Lions Club and the Fort Morgan Police Department’s “Lawn Law Enforcement” program gather in Riverside Park after a day of landscaping at eight properties in Fort Morgan as part of a “Day of Service” event on May 7, 2022. (Lyn Deal/Courtesy Photo)

All Rotary decisions, activities, and efforts are compared to The Club’s Four-Way Test. Club members review and recite the following questions at the end of each meeting: Of the things we think, say, or do:

1. Is it the truth?

2. Is it fair to all concerned?

3. Will it generate goodwill and better friendships?

4. Will it be beneficial to all stakeholders?

The Rotary Club of Fort Morgan meets every Tuesday at noon for lunch and fellowship at The Block, located at 19592 E. Eighth Ave. in Fort Morgan. If you are interested in exploring Rotary and what we do, everyone is encouraged to contact Wayne Johnson at 970-768-3350. Help keep our wheel turning and make our community better for everyone for the next 85 years and beyond.

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