CANBY – Members of the Canby International Rotary Club and their guests spent Wednesday evening celebrating a 75-year tradition of community service.
The club was formed in 1946 with sponsorship from the Rotary Chapters of Marshall and Watertown, South Dakota. Since then, it has brought together professionals from the Canby area with a common vision of community service.
“People are the key to the success of our Rotary club”, said Dave Dybsetter, president of Canby Rotary. “We have very active members. We value the fellowship and the opportunities to make a difference in the community.
Darold Snortum has been a member of the Canby Rotary Chapter since 1968. His father, Randolf Snortum, was one of the founding members.
He appreciated how Rotary has changed over time over the past 53 years. The organization was originally restricted to men, but has included women since the late 1980s. Over the years, the chapters have become less strict regarding attendance at weekly meetings, allowing flexibility for work commitments and family.
“I grew up hearing about my father’s experiences in Rotary” Snortum said. “It seemed natural to me to register. I appreciate the friendships. It is also a good way to support the community.
Club secretary Becca Schrupp said the Canby club currently has 30 members. It sponsors a wide range of community activities, including two annual scholarships for local high school students and an annual Minnesota West scholarship.
Additional financial support goes to the school district‘s Blue and Gold Foundation and the Southwest United Way’s Imagination Library. The club sponsors an annual program for veterans. He participates in Rotary International’s global service projects, such as providing wheelchairs to countries around the world.
The section also provided picnic tables and hand sanitizers to parks in the city of Canby. He completed the landscaping around the sign for Stone Hill Park on nearby Lake Del Clark.
“We are always looking for ways to give back to the community”, said Schrupp. “We want to invest time and money in things that will help. “
Wednesday’s banquet included a visit from Rotary International District Governor Doug Lind of Rapid City, South Dakota. He serves clubs in a four-state region.
Lind said he tries to attend every club event that includes a milestone like a 75th birthday. He hears a lot of good things about the Canby Chapter.
“I am very impressed with what they are accomplishing” Lind said. “They are a hub of the community and their projects are doing a lot of good. The Canby Chapter is a great example of how Rotary brings people together.