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Leitner discusses airport at Rotary

Matt Leitner, manager of Jamestown Regional Airport, shared with Rotary members the latest boardings, flight schedules and other updates. The new T-hangars are being constructed, Leitner said, noting there was a real need for more hangar space for local aircraft owners and area pilots. The eight new hangars will be a good start, he said.

The last time Jamestown had jet service was 1979, Leitner said. Boardings are increasing every month since jet service was added, showing Jamestown and the surrounding area can support the service SkyWest is providing. A new fire truck is being added to the equipment at the airport. Leitner encouraged people to get the United app for their phones, which is free, and also encouraged those who have a question on a flight cancellations because of weather to call the airport terminal at 252-1823. SkyWest staff will also assist when delays or cancellation occur. So far the airport has had very few issues with delays, Leitner said.

Nick Schmidt presided over the meeting, Jason Bitz gave the table blessing, Mark Olson and Jackie Tewes led the group in singing, and Doug Frolich collected “Happy Dollars.” Past District Rotary Gov. Dave Smette gave a Rotary update. He said Rotary International is made of up 1.2 million members in 33,000 clubs around the world. He also shared the most recent international project Water & Sanitation Rotarian Action Group (WASRAG); this program is built on a strategic plan to provide clean water projects around the world.

Schmidt sent around a sign-up sheet for Meals on Wheels delivery once a month and reminded members to see Gail Martin for rose tickets. This is one of the club’s largest fundraisers. Tickets will be redeemed at Coborn’s Grocery on Oct. 11. The funds from the sale of tickets will be used for local youth and charitable activities. He also said the Jamestown club received a $5,000 grant from the Jamestown Community Foundation for the soccer project.

Guests were Greg Franklin, senior vice president of lending at Unison, Tim Eggers from Dakota Central and Mitch Smyth, son of Rotarian Mike Smyth. Mitch Smyth is a senior at the University of Minnesota-Duluth majoring in finance.

Teresa Brecto is in charge of the program. Tom Boerger will give the table blessing, Tim Ottmar is the music leader and Bob Badal is the sergeant-at-arms.