Rotary meeting hosts guest speaker with big plans


BUCKHANNON — The Buckhannon Rotary Club held their meeting on Tuesday, June 21, at noon at Chapel Hill Church.

Guest speaker, Upshur County Parks and Recreation Coordinator Jeremiah McCourt presented his big plans to help expand and make our community bigger and better. “The high school pool has been extremely successful this season thus far and I’m excited to announce that Upshur County will be welcoming more fun activities for families.” There will be a full 18-hole course for disc golf located at the high school’s park. This will allow for competitive leagues. There are five sets of discs available for rent with a $20 cover charge that you will get back after playing. Also, the large pavilion holds 80 people and is equipped with a functional kitchen and restroom. The small pavilion is used only for shelter and holds 50 people. Both pavilions have functioning outlets and charcoal grills.

The first weekend in August will hold a Triathlon with a 500-meter swim, a 12-mile bike and a 5K cross country course. Different age ranges are welcome such as children, adults and teams.

For more information on anything to do with Upshur County’s parks and recreation, please visit www.upshurcounty.recdesk.com.

Also at the meeting, happy bucks were offered for Deputy Mike Coffman, who was injured while on the scene of an active shooting on Thursday, June 16. Happy Bucks were also offered for the blood screen that took place on Saturday, June 18. The Buckhannon Rotary Club collects Happy Bucks at each meeting which are then donated to The Parish House or other organizations as determined. The blood screen was a huge success with 143 people attending. It is asked for future blood screens (July 9 and July 23, both are Saturdays) that anyone who is signed up to attend, if you are unable to make it, please remove yourself from the list as there are others on a waiting list.

The Buckhannon Rotary Club also elected new officers. Beginning July 1, the new list of elected officers is as follows:

President – Alan Hager

President elect – Dave Long

Treasurer – Rich Clemens

Secretary – Dan Martin

The Rotary’s service project will be backpack school supplies. Loose leaf paper and single subject spiral notebooks are in need. Monday, August 1 there will be an evening event for packing the backpacks and again on Wednesday, August 3 will be a morning event for packing.

Stockert Youth and Community Center will be hosting their Children’s Festival in September; however, the date is still to be determined. Last year our community served 304 children.

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