Warren Rotary beautifies the city with 100 trees

Warren Rotary member Bob Hoy, chairman of the tree-planting effort this week, plants 20 trees at Quinby Park in Warren with assistance from Boy Scout Troop 101 of Warren members, from left, Tyler Champlin, 15, Christopher McMahan, 15, and Iean Dodge, 13, all of Warren. The Rotary is planting 100 trees in five Warren parks to mark the club’s 100th anniversary. Tribune Chronicle / Bob Coupland

WARREN — Seeking to give back to the community while beautifying the city, members of the Warren Rotary Club this weekend spent time planting 100 trees in five different parks to celebrate the club’s 100th anniversary.

Bob Hoy, club member and chairman of the tree-planting event, said work was done Friday, Saturday and Sunday at Burbank Park, Quinby Park, Perkins Park, Packard Park and North End Park.

“We had club members and other groups planting 20 trees in each park,” Hoy said.

The pine trees were provided by the Trumbull County Water and Soil Conservation District.

Andrew Bednar, Rotary Club president, said the tree-planting idea was from Rotary International that urged every Rotarian in the world to plant a tree.

“We used that idea and decided we would spent time planting 100 trees in parks in the city. We felt this was a way the Rotary could have a positive major impact on the entire community,” Bednar said.

The Rotary is also funding restoration of the fountain in the southwest corner of Courthouse Square and the restoration of the carillon bell system at the Courthouse itself.

Bednar said the Rotary has allocated more than $100,000 to the city of Warren or programs within the city. Rotary supports the Salvation Army, Trumbull Mobile Meals, United Way, Someplace Safe, Homes for Kids, Toys for Tots and Warren Family Mission.

New Rotary member Christine Cope said she was excited to lead a tree-planting team at Burbank Park on the city’s northwest side.

Hoy said he assigned different Rotary members to different parks.

Ken Lapolla of Boy Scout Troop 101 of Warren brought more than 15 of his Boy Scouts to assist the Rotary teams with the tree planting. He said the Scouts also cleaned up the parks.

Hoy said to mark 100 years, the Rotary Club is planning 100 good deeds and giving $100 each to local nonprofit organizations. Each member donates $100 to a charity in their name.

The club has begun celebrating its centennial milestone of providing service and leadership in the community. A gala event was held in January at the Avalon Inn and Resort in Howland to mark the landmark occasion.

Bednar said Rotary International first organized in 1905 in Chicago with the Warren Club “a younger club,” starting in 1908 and currently having near 80 members.

The Rotary started fundraising for the amphitheater and donated $260,000, while contributing $50,000 to the YWCA’s women’s housing project.

”There is a lot of pride seeing the impact the club has had on the community over the years. There is a lot of humility in all the people who came before us and all that they did. Today, we honor all their efforts and carry the banner and keep up the work they started,” Bednar said.

bcoupland@tribtoday.com

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