Rotary President Andrew Glassco, Selkirk Major Larry Johannson, St.Andrews Councilor Kurtiss Krasnesky and Gillian Smith from E.J. Smith Memorials unveiled the Rotary Club of Selkirk's 75th Commemorative Anniversary Granite Bench dedicated to the Citizens of Selkirk and celebrating 75 years of service to our community on Oct.14, 2012. The bench was also placed in Queen's Park in support of the Trans-Canada Trails Red River North.

Story by Amanda Lefley, The Selkirk Journal



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    The Rotary Club of Selkirk is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year, and the party has already begun.

    The Club is hosting several events to commemorate its 75 years in the community, with the first taking place Oct. 14. John Martyniw, club secretary, Andrew Glassco, club president, City of Selkirk Mayor Larry Johannson, councilor for St. Andrews Kurtiss Krasnesky, as well as Gillian Smith from E.J. Smith Memorials were on hand at Queen’s Park in Selkirk to unveil a granite bench dedicated to the citizens of the area.

    “This is our 75th year of service both internationally and at home in our community of Selkirk and the joining communities of St. Andrews and St. Clements,” said Glassco.

    The granite bench unveiled last Sunday not only commemorates the Club’s anniversary but also marks one of the first to be installed along the Trans Canada Trail.

    “I would like to congratulate the Rotary on their 75th anniversary and I’d also like to congratulate them on being part of putting something like this, not only to recognize yourself but also to recognize the Trans Canada Trail and especially Red River North Trails Association,” said Krasnesky, adding the bench looks awesome.

    The Rotary Club of Selkirk was chartered on April 19, 1937 at the Merchants Hotel in Selkirk. Glassco explained the Club raised money through fundraisers, and then in turn donates that money to various causes within the community.

    “We sponsor a lot of local community projects and we want to be very active in the community. A lot of the funds that we generate in the community are spent in the community, turned around and generated in the community,” explained Glassco.

    “Rotary is an international organization that believes in service above self.”

    Glassco explained the Club raises money through events such as book sales as well as a lobster night. He said funds from those events have gone towards a number of projects, including the Selkirk Skate Park as well as dialysis units at the hospital.

    “It’s what you can give back, it’s what you can do for others

    One of three events commemorating the Club’s 75th anniversary was the unveiling of a granite bench in Queen’s Park along the Trans Canada Trail. The second event is set to take place Nov. 17, where the Club will be hosting a Gala Dinner at Gaffers with key note speaker Mr. David G. Newman Q.C.. The dinner will also feature local citizens being presented with awards for their contribution to the community.

    For the Club’s third event they will be sponsoring a Canadian Olympic athlete to speak to students in the Lord Selkirk School Division, however the details of the event are not finalized as of yet.

    “We are hoping that many of our youth will take this message and be inspired to dreams of their own either athletically or academically,” reads a Rotary press release.