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Schmidt new Rotary president

President Nick Schmidt presided over the recent Rotary Club meeting.

Schmidt welcomed everyone to the meeting and shared some of the projects for the upcoming year. The annual rose sale in the fall is one of the largest fundraisers for the club, and the group enlists students from the soccer club, Jamestown High School band and University of Jamestown to help sell tickets. The club splits some of the profits with the students groups. The Wine and Brew Ha! Ha! is another fundraiser that has been great for the club, Schmidt said.

Mill Hill cleanup and tree lighting is a year-round project of the club, which enlists many Rotary members to make it a success, Schmidt said. Camp Rokiwan is another important service project that the Rotarians share with the Kiwanis Club. Each year they hold a weeklong camp located on Spiritwood Lake for students in the area to learn camping skills, swimming, water safety and how to get along with others in the outdoors.

Schmidt said the All-Star Soccer Games are a well-liked project, providing an opportunity for high school senior soccer players — both men and women — to play one last game in an east versus west game. Coaches, students and parents have shared how much they appreciate this opportunity to play in Jamestown, he said. The club plans to add covered benches for the players and a new covered press box at Rotary Soccer Field with a grant from Rotary International and the local club. Jamestown Rotarians have raised and spent more than $100,000 on the field along with lighting and fencing.

Schmidt also reminded members of the Rotary’s Meal on Wheels delivery once a month, job shadowing for the JHS students in January, “Book it Forward” reading program and ringing the bell at Christmas time for the Salvation Army.

Paul Olson, vice president of academic affairs and dean at the University of Jamestown, was a guest at the meeting. He replaces Gary Watts, who retired this spring. Olson and his family are moving from Sioux City, Iowa, where he was on staff at Briar Cliff College.

Vince Gregor is in charge of today’s program, Doug Frohlich will give the invocation, Reuben Liechty is song leader and Evan Workin is the sergeant-at-arms.