By Rennie Davis
Vandalia Rotary Club
The Vandalia Rotary Club recently hosted two events.
On Saturday, June 25, the club held it’s annual Steak Fry at the home of Rennie and Joy Davis. Twenty-four members and guests were in attendance for the grilled rib eye steak supper. Several Rotary members furnished desserts for the occasion.
Attendance awards were handed out along with the entire club’s membership being awarded Paul Harris Fellowships.
New Paul Harris Fellowships were awarded and the remaining club members were advanced one level. This makes the Vandalia Rotary Club one of just a few in the district to be a 100% Paul Harris Club. The Paul Harris Fellowship is awarded to individuals who have contributed one thousand dollars to the Rotary Foundation. Several Club members have multiple Paul Harris awards. The main objective of the Rotary Foundation is to eradicate polio worldwide, which is on the edge of accomplishment.
The evening culminated with the installation of the new club officers for the ensuing year. New officers installed were Steve Hunter, President; Helen McFarland, Vice-President; Ramsey Dickerman, Secretary; Donna Wilson, Treasurer; and Rennie Davis as Executive Secretary. Special guests for the evening were Gary and Helen Sosniecki. Gary is a former club member and previous owner and editor of “The Vandalia Leader.”
On Saturday, July 16, the Vandalia Rotary Club hosted its ninth annual Tractor Cruise. Thirty-one tractors met at the Vandalia Area Fairgrounds to start the thirty plus mile cruise.
The tractors first stop was at Mt. Olivet Church on Route W, south of Vandalia where fresh baked Amish cinnamon rolls were served to the cruisers along with water and Gatorade.
The next stop was at the Farber ballpark where BBQ rib eye sandwiches were served along with chips and cookies.
The cruise then made its way to Vandalia where it stopped at the park across from the Vandalia Historical Society. The cruise participants had the opportunity to tour the Historical Society Museum. Special thanks are given to Charlene Teague for guiding the tours through the museum.
The cruise concluded at the fairgrounds where attendance prizes were distributed. Tractor drivers traveled from the distant towns of Jacksonville and Griggsville, Illinois and St. Louis, Missouri to participate in the cruise as well as local drivers.