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  Whiteside Picnic Celebrates Three Year Project  

District Governor Visits Ely Rotary
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Chilly weather could not dampen the mood as three years of dedicated fundraising came to an end with the installation of the final set of benches and tables at Whiteside Park in this spring.  The club celebrated completion of the $27,000 project with a brats and burgers picnic on May 30, attended by Rotarians and Ely's Mayor.  

The park project spanned the terms of three club presidents shown above, (right to left) Joe Owens 2011-12, Betsy Leustek 2009-10, and Ward Nelson 2010-11, with Ely Mayor Roger Skraba.
The Benches, Tables and Bike Racks are used by young and old nearly every day as shown in these pictures from 2011.
Enthusiastic bidders turned out for a fun evening of BBQ, wings, and auction action at the Grand Ely Lodge on August 14.  By evenings' end the Silent Auction, Live Bidding and Raffles had raised over  $16,000 for the club to use for local projects.  First on the list is $6,000 that will go toward furniture for the new Ely Library this fall. 

​A new feature this year were vacation packages for Key West and Arizona - the result of trades between Rotary Clubs.  We are hoping to bring some visitors from those locations to enjoy Ely next August, while our winning bidders relax in Florida and Green Valley this spring.
Photos by Susan Kasbeer
25th Anniversary Auction Generates Over $16,000 for Community Projects!
Photos from 2013 Auction
Picnic photos by Joany Haag, Karen Zupancich and Ely Echo's Pamalot
Two Thousand Cranes in Ely
Joany and RYLA grad Karen made a trip to Ely's Washington Elementary in March, presenting Ryan's Wells Project and describing how Ely Rotary would team with the kids to turn paper cranes into a donation to provide safe water.
With rapt faces in the auditorium to busy hands and smiling concentration, the kids jumped into constructing cranes, ably assisted by Rotarians, teachers, and Junior Rotarians Janelle and Sara.
The Gavel is Passed: 
     On June 25 Diane Loughery bowed out as President and Jeff Sundell assumed the office.  Jeff's new Board Members will be announced in early July and everyone in the club will be gearing up to raise money at our 25th Anniversary Auction for a productive year.  In addition to funding our annual assortment of scholarships and support for community and international programs, the club has decided to dedicate $6,000 toward furniture for the new Ely Library, opening in November.  
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Pat Warner's granddaughters entertained club members at a recent meeting, demonstrating Irish Dances.
Access to Clean Water is vital to health. View the "Water Crisis" powerpoint to
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Our 25th 
Anniversary Auction - Aug 14

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Grand Ely Lodge, 5 - 8 pm and Live on WELY radio & internet