Rotary Legacy of Service

  Marshall Rotary Club has financially supported the annual summer band concerts of the Marshall Community Band (now Marshall Rotary Band) since 1979. In 2004, the club was happy to join with the Marshall Community Foundation, the Cronin Foundation and the Frances Stevens Stuart Estate to finance the $87,500 band shell at Stuart's Landing on the banks of the Kalamazoo River.
In 1961 the Rotary Club contributed its entire Community Action Fund (then just $5,000) to the purchase of Honolulu House for the Marshall Historical Society. Three Rotarians (Chet Hemmingsen, Keith Ronan and Morris Stulberg) led the successful fund drive.
Rotary also contributed $10,000 toward the construction of the bridge connecting the two portions of Ketchum Park and also contributed $5000 each toward the elevators at Town Hall, the Franke Center for the Arts and the old Marshall Library. Two Rotary families, Vogelreuter and Foster, led the development of Ketchum Park.
For the Calhoun County Fair Board it provided $10,000 for a new computer system in 2000 along with funds for the fair master plan and restoration of Floral Hall, the oldest fair building in Michigan (1860).
Marshall Rotary Club also contributed to the creation of Stuart's Landing, beautification of West Michigan Avenue, the Brooks Fountain restoration, Oaklawn Hospital projects, Marshall Music Boosters, the U.S. Postal Museum Annex in 1999, the Fountain Clinic, Marshall Area Community Services and Marshall United Way.
During Michigan Week each year it has erected historic street name markers since 1999 and hosted the Michigan Statewide Volunteer Awards Luncheon since 1979.
Marshall Rotary Club has always been deeply involved in Marshall schools including Top Ten Honors, Departmental Honors, Nyle Katz Awards and Gauss Fund Student Loans.
Internationally, Marshall Rotary has sponsored two major Hungarian school programs, any eyeglass project in Peru and, of course, the eradication of polio worldwide. Marshall Rotary has contributed over $100,000 to the latter project through donations and Paul Harris Fellowships.
The club has also helped tourism with the purchase of walking tour flyers for the historical society and the Chamber of Commerce.
  Marshall Rotary Club sponsors the Marshall Rotary Foundation which helps support the Marshall Community Foundation. Besides donated funds to the foundation, the club also organizes fund-raising. The annual sale of its Rotary Extra newspaper and its annual Michigan Week Fish Fry are two examples. These annual projects are generously supported by the citizens of Marshall and the surrounding area.
In 2014, the Marshall Rotary Club sponsored a special Marshall Rotary Band concert which was held at the Marshall Performing Arts Center at Marshall High School. That concert celebrated Marshall Rotary Club's 90th anniversary and the opening of that new auditorium. That concert was the first concert ever scheduled as an inside performance, and it was also the first concert ever scheduled outside the summer season. It was held on March 8.

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