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Marshall Rotary Club


Rotary History
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Rotary International
District 6490

We hope to use this page to keep members updated on each other and on the latest happenings within the organization.

South Grade School Gazebo Project...Summer 2007


“ROTARY SHARES.”  That is the Rotary International Theme for 2007-2008.  The Marshall Rotary Club put the theme into action this summer by completing a project that will benefit the Marshall community for many years to come.  The South Grade School teachers made a request to the Marshall Schools administration for a playground shelter for the students and teachers to use at South School.  The Marshall Rotary Club, after being made aware of the request, went into action, raising money and planning the project as part of their 2007 Projects List.  Rick Manuell, Marshall Schools Superintendent, was contacted for input and approval to begin the project.  Once the preliminary details were approved, the Marshall Rotary Club contacted Chris Kessler, MHS CAD teacher.  Mr. Kessler’s students designed the playground shelter and provided the drawings and specifications for the Rotary Club to run with.   A budget for the project was approved by the Club and construction began in July.  Volunteers from the Marshall Rotary Club, along with other volunteers from the Marshall community, worked mostly in the evenings and on the weekends to complete the project.  The project was completed in late August, just in time for the students and teachers to begin the 2007-2008 school year.  The Marshall Rotary Club would like to thank all of the members of the Club that helped complete the project, as well as others who volunteered their time, provided materials, provided tools, and provided refreshments in order to complete this project.  By volunteers “SHARING”, the new playground shelter will benefit the citizens of the Marshall community for many years to come.  The following individuals and businesses helped make the project possible:  Rick Manuell, Jennie Higginbotham, Chris Kessler, MHS CAD students, Ron Howe, Mayor Ken Smith, City of Marshall,  Kirchner Building Center, Four Square Builders, Zimmerly Ready Mix, Bob Erlbacher, Terry O’Rourke, Jason O’Rourke, Del Smith, Doug Rees, Lloyd Shaw (member of the Woodstock Rotary Club).  The Marshall Rotary Club meets every Tuesday morning at 6:30 a.m. at the Marshall Family Restaurant for breakfast and fellowship, followed by a short business meeting.  Prospective members are welcome to learn more about us by attending a meeting.  Please contact a local Rotarian if you would like an invitation.  You can also check out our web site,

Literacy Program

Rocking Reader

To encourage reading at the grade school level, our Rotary Rocking Readers read to K thru 2nd graders (4 classes each week). By the end of the school year, every K thru 2nd grade student receives a book from the Rotary Rocking Reader.

Sponsored the "I Can Read" program (for 2nd grade students) at the Marshall Public Library.

Recent Events

Used books were distributed at the Marshall Food & Clothing Bank. Anyone who desired a book was able to take two books. The books are donated by various people, organizations, and groups.

International Project

1. We joined with the Newton, IL club to provide computers to the Ban Dongnoi and Ban Chiangyuen schools in the Udon Thani Province of Thailand.
2. We are helping to fund shallow water wells in Malawi.

Let us know if there are any events or updates you would like to share with fellow members.

Service Above Self