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Walters updates Rotary on TRAC

Harold Bensch receives ihs seventh Paul Harris Award from Rotary. He is pictured with Erin Paulson, Rotary president. Submitted photo

Amy Walters, director of the Two Rivers Activity Center, gave an update on membership, classes, students and general information at the recent Rotary meeting. Walters said her most asked question is how the center is doing and what is the membership. When they first were building the budget, their original goal in the first year was 2,700 members; as of April 18, 2018, there were 4,039 members who fall into 10 to 12 categories, Walters said. To have this many members is beyond all their expectations, she said. This was what TRAC had planned for three years from now.

Walters also mentioned some of the classes and activities going on such as swimming classes at 10 a.m. and pickleball on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Pickleball is played on the volleyball courts on the gym floor. Other activities TRAC offers is "Parents Night Out" on the first Friday of the month, more swimming classes for all ages and preschool soccer on Saturday. Walters said there is cooperation between the University of Jamestown and TRAC when holding basketball and volleyball tournaments. It is really good for Jamestown, she said. People who have never seen the TRAC facilities before are very pleased, she said. She also discussed the learning center and the "drop in" day care programs. Current staff is about 119 people with 10 of those being full time with benefits. Walters said staffing for big activities has been a learning experience. Overall the center has been a success and has had a lot of support from the community. For more detailed information, contact the TRAC.

Erin Paulson presided over the meeting, Eric Weber gave the table blessing, Katie Andersen and Mark Reeves led the group in singing some patriotic songs, and Joan Morris collected "Happy Dollars" for Rotary projects. Harold Bensch was honored for having received his seventh Paul Harris Award. This award is given to anyone who donates $1,000 to the Rotary Foundation. Paulson also announced a new member orientation for 11:30 a.m. May 8. Clean up at Camp Rokiwan is May 23 starting at 5 p.m., and Kiwanis Club is providing the meal. Camp Rokiwan is a shared camp sponsored by both Rotary and Kiwanis clubs of Jamestown.

Dave Smette gave a report on the District Rotary Convention held in Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada. Approximately 350 people district wide were in attendance. Next year's district convention will be held in May 2019 in Minot.

Shirley Jackson has today's program, Jason Bitz the invocation, Mark Sherfy and Mark Reeves will lead the singing and Warren Tobin is the Sgt at Arms. Rotary meets every Tuesday at 12:00 pm at the Quality Inn and Suites. Everyone is welcome.