Column: Duluth Superior Eco Rotary - community volunteers taking actionWhat do all Rotaries have in common? The answer is service — locally, nationally and internationally.
By: Cara Lindberg, For the Budgeteer News
What do all Rotaries have in common? The answer is service — locally, nationally and internationally.
The Duluth Superior Eco Rotary, dedicated to the preservation of our environment, is no different.
The Eco Rotary is a Twin Ports service organization committed to enhancing and preserving our region’s natural beauty and resources through hands-on service projects. Chartered in 2008, the Duluth Superior Eco Rotary’s mission is to enrich our community through active, environmentally responsible local leadership and global service. To date, the club has 48 members of varying ages and diverse backgrounds.
Karen Anderson, the director of community relations at the Western Lake Superior Sanitary District and the club’s current president, has been a member for the last 3½ years. “I became aware of the club shortly after it was chartered.
I just came to a meeting one day as a visitor, learned more about what the club does for our community and joined that day. The mission, members’ enthusiasm, and the hands-on aspect of the club won me over immediately.”
Because the Eco Rotary is dedicated to environmental service, there are many opportunities for its members to volunteer for different local projects and events. There are several different projects that the club takes part in, some one-time and some ongoing.
Most recently, the club coordinated and staffed the recycling and food waste diversion at Grandma’s Marathon — no small feat. Events like the marathon typically generate a tremendous amount of waste. Without the organized efforts of the Eco Rotary’s “Green Team,” much of the waste would have ended up in the landfill, and not recycled and composted properly.
Other projects include cleaning up the shores of the St. Louis River, removing buckthorn at Hartley Nature Center, building greenhouses at the Lake Superior Zoo, establishing mile markers on Duluth’s Lakewalk, and helping build vegetable gardens and plant fruit trees at the Hillside Orchard.
Anderson said she believes the work of the Duluth Superior Eco
Rotary is important for our community. “All communities benefit from volunteerism, advocacy and from service organizations committed to improving life in the community. We accomplish much through helping organizations with hands-on assistance for small projects, volunteers for large projects, and through educating others about the importance of improving our region’s natural environment.”
So, how can one become involved? The Eco Rotary meets on the first, second and fourth Tuesdays of each month at 4:45 p.m. at Blackwoods, on London Road. The club has low-cost dues and the meetings are kept to one hour in
order to fit into members’ busy schedules. The
attendance rules are lenient and many of the events that the club participates in are family-friendly.
What’s next for the Eco Rotary? ”For the remainder of the year we will be assisting the Craft Brewers Guild in conducting its All Pints North Brewfest as a waste-free event, assisting with the Tall Ships Festival, recycling at the Lake Superior Dragon Boat Festival and participating in the Beach Sweep,” Anderson said.
You don’t have to have expert knowledge on the environment to join, just an enthusiasm for service, learning and growth in the community. The Eco Rotary welcomes all community members and joining is easy!
Cara Lindberg is the board president of Sustainable Twin Ports. She lives with her husband in the Duluth area. Cara can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Eco Rotary meets on the 1st, 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of each month at 4:45 p.m. at Blackwoods, London Road.
For more information contact Kay Biga at email@example.com or 218-390-6507. Visit the website at www.duluthsuperiorecorotary.org