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Welcome to the Boswell Rotary Club!

Boswell

The Hub of the Universe

Regular 6 pm at Dallas Pizza; First Thursday 6:30 am at Farmers and Merchants Bank; No meeting 5th Thursday
Dallas Pizza
102 N Old US Highway 41
Boswell, IN  47921
United States
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The Apple Dumpling project was recently completed with the 2nd grade class at Boswell Elementary school.  John Morris read the Apple Dumpling book to 19 children in the class, which also taught them about the four way test.  The junior high students in an area youth group helped prepare Apple Dumplings using the recipe in the book.  After reading the book, the kids enjoyed the apple dumplings with sherbet.

The kids sent Rotarians thank you cards, which we enjoyed reading.

Many thanks to Deb Emery, Margaret Moberley, and Rotarians John Morris and Linda Gibson!Image

Boswell Rotary has a long history of supporting food insecure in our community in a number of ways.  In years past, we distributed food baskets just before Christmas.  The project started with a food drive, and the elementary school also helped support the food drive by collecting various items throughout a designated week before the holidays.  We raised funds throughout the year to purchase extra food for the baskets.  Rotarians would select recipient families, with help of input from the community and the school.   Several Rotarians would go shopping where we would purchase a variety of food items including a ham, milk and bread.   We would sort the food and pack the baskets, then just before Christmas, Rotarians would deliver to families in need around the Boswell area.  In time, the shopping was replaced with a gift card to a local grocery store.

Later, our focus shifted to supporting a local food pantry that Norma Higley ran through a church in Fowler.  This way, families in need of food could get food throughout the year during times of need.  Norma, sadly, passed away several years ago.

The Food Finders Food Bank began the mobile pantry program which we began participating in a few years ago.  Food Finders has made some changes to their program starting next year.  Boswell Rotarians discussed the program changes at a recent meeting, and decided to request one mobile pantry for 2014.  There are 6 mobile pantries targeted for next year.  Missy has completed the request process and requested it in the months of April through August, and will be the primary contact for the Food bank.

Boswell Rotarians are again discussing how we can best support the food insecure in our community in the coming years.  We are planning to have Donna Musenbrock at our next meeting to discuss local efforts and how we may help.

Boswell Rotarians are asked to bring in a can of food for each meeting until the end of the year to support local food drive efforts.

as a Rotarian, I will

1. Exemplify the core value of integrity in all behaviors and activities
2. Use my vocational experience and talents to serve in Rotary
3. Conduct all of my personal, business, and professional affairs ethically,  encouraging and fostering high ethical standards as an example to others
4. Be fair in all dealings with others and treat them with the respect due to them as fellow human beings
5. Promote recognition and respect for all occupations which are useful to society
6. Offer my vocational talents: to provide opportunities for young people, to work for the relief of the special needs of others, and to improve the quality of life in my community
7. Honor the trust that Rotary and fellow Rotarians provide and not do anything that will bring disfavor or reflect adversely on Rotary or fellow Rotarians
8. Not seek from a fellow Rotarian a privilege or advantage not normally accorded others in a business or professional relationship

President Elect Missy would like to know what Rotary can do for our community.  We can use the power of partnerships and social media.  We need to "talk Rotary" outside of meetings. 
 
What can Boswell Rotary do for our neighbors, close by and far away?  Please ask around.  Missy has already asked the town.  The town board suggests adult recreation, like basketball courts, tennis courts.  Perhaps beautification?  The fountain at the park needs replacement.  It has been repeatedly vandalized.  Rick had mentioned the possibility of painting the fire hydrants.   There is possibly a color requirement to meet, but it has been many years since these have been painted.  Missy's idea is around health and fitness.  Some of these projects may be long term, some may be done quickly.
 
Talk Rotary.  Ask around.   Ask at the restaurant.  Ask at the school.  Ask your neighbors, friends, at your church, and your customers.  Please report back.  Thanks! 

Doc Fontaine compared "It's a wonderful life" to Boswell Rotary.  What would have happened if there were no Rotary in town.

There would have been no Spring Fair, a big fundraiser.  There would have been no Boswell Ambulance base and modern ambulance.  No lights at the ball field.  There would have been no community center or for that matter Senior Citizens group if there were no community center.  There would have been no scholarships awarded.  There would have been no food donated at Christmas.  There would have thousands of polio vaccinations not given, potentially crippling many.  There would have been no town park.  No steam and power show.  No grants for small projects like eye glasses for the kids, or other medical and dental needs. These are like the mortar between the bricks.

 

 
 
 
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