The year many people would like to forget, the summer of 2020, Emmett Rotarian Ben Mock came close to experiencing a tragedy that he may have never forgotten and one that may have caused him to have gray hair. At the same time, it sparked an idea that he felt was a worthy cause to pursue. as he was the incoming Rotary Club of Emmett President for the 2020-2021 term. It was June of 2020, during the Emmett Cherry Festival, just imagine driving along Main St. by the park, and a kid darts out into the street. Thankfully both Ben and the child’s parent had quick reflexes and were able to divert a tragedy from happening. (click on the title to continue)
This near occurrence gave Ben the insight to contact the city about installing safety lights for the crosswalk between the park and the City Hall. Clint Seamons, the Public Works Director for the City of Emmett agreed that it was a great idea, but they lacked funding for this project which will cost close to $9,000.00, but if Ben could help find funds for the project, then he could supply manpower. Ben approached some of the service organizations to see if others were able to contribute to the project, but they were already funding other projects. Ben works hard during the Cherry Festival for The Rotary Club of Emmett operating the car parking business, which is the only fundraiser that the club does where the funds raised stay in the club, so he approached the Board to utilize some of those funds to be given back to the community. The board agreed unanimously. Last Thursday, Clint was the luncheon speaker and updated the group on the project expressing he just needed funds, so Ben presented the check for $6,000.00 from the Rotary Club to him. He was ecstatic to receive the check and said he would try to have the flashing safety light project completed before Cherry Festival. Isn’t it great to see things come full circle? 
If you would like to learn more about Emmett Rotary Club you are welcome to attend our meetings, which are held on Thursdays at noon at Idaho Pizza on Hwy 52. For more information go to our website, like our Facebook page Rotary Club of Emmett, or call John Buck @ 208-369-1785. This week, Todd Fischer will be our speaker to tell us about his experience in India with Polio National Immunization Day. You don’t want to miss it!