The following is an excerpt from President Ian Riseley’s address when he was president-elect, where he expresses how he feels about the environment being something that we should all be passionate about.
 
Then read how one of our Rotarians is carrying out that mission.
 
RI PRESIDENT-ELECT’S THEME ADDRESS TO THE 2017 INTERNATIONAL ASSEMBLY
Ian H.S. Riseley 16 January 2017
 
“…Today, environmental degradation and climate change threaten us all. They are having a disproportionate impact on those who are most vulnerable, those to whom Rotary has the greatest responsibility. Yet environmental issues barely register on the Rotary agenda.
 
The time is long past when environmental sustainability can be dismissed as not Rotary’s concern. It is, and must be, everyone’s concern.
 
And so I am asking every Rotary club to plant at least one tree for each member, some-time between the beginning of the Rotary year and Earth Day, which is 22 April 2018. It is my hope that the result of that effort will be far greater than the environmental benefit that those 1.2 million new trees will bring, which is itself most worthwhile. I believe the greater result will be a Rotary that recognizes our responsibility, not only to the people on our planet — but to the planet itself on which we all live and on which we all depend. This can be a true feature of Rotary in 2017-18.”    
~ Ian H.S. Riseley
 
The Rotary Club of Chattanooga Hamilton Place has been challenged to achieve the goals needed for a Rotary Citation.  One of those goals was to carry out at least one project each quarter focused on the environment.
 
This quarter, meeting our goal was made possible by our generous fellow Rotarian, Alan Johnston.  Alan "planted" an olive tree in a restoration project in Israel in the name of our club.  It will be planted in a location known as the Peace Grove, which is located over a tunnel that was once used by terrorists to get into the country.  The tree is 3 years old and will require a lot of care until it is 7 years old.  It will actually produce fruit in year 4 and grow to mature production in a few years.  These trees typically live to be over 100 years old.  The trees in this project will have both an environmental and an economic (jobs, harvest, product) benefit to the area.  Money raised from the grove goes to humanitarian aid in the nation (with a special focus on children).
 
Please thank Alan for helping us meet our goal and think about what you can do as a Rotarian, to support our President, Ian Riseley, in his goal to have Rotarians recognize the responsibility we have for our planet.