Dogwoods, Cherries and Oaks, and Spruces and Pines, Oh My!
Rotary International President H. S. Riseley named the Rotary’s 2017-2018 theme as Rotary: Making a Difference. He clarified this theme as a call to protect the environment and curb climate change. Riseley challenged every Rotary club to plant a tree for each of its members between the start of the Rotary year on July 1st and Earth Day on April 22, 2018.
The Rotary Club of Marietta Metro jumped into this challenge with literally both feet as well as multiple shovels. Between the months of January 2018 and March 2018 the Club was responsible for the planting of 255 trees. The Club decided to complete a variety of activities for diversity of impact. Trees were planted at the North Cobb Senior Center with the thought to also enhance the lives of our senior citizens as we enhance the environment. Trees were planted at the Marietta City Cemetery with the hope that the beauty and tranquility of the trees would bring comfort to those visiting their loved ones. In addition to the planting of trees the Club also recycled Christmas Trees through the “Bring One for the Chipper Project”. During this project the Club also handed out 100 saplings for planting which was a way to engage and message to the community the need for replenishing trees and the protection of the environment.
Ultimately, 34 volunteers and nearly 100 volunteer hours later the Marietta Metro Club believes that they honored the 2017 -2018 theme to Make a Difference.