Antioch, CA — On Sunday June 9, the Antioch Rotary Club planted 54 trees, one for each member of the club, at the DOW Wetland Preserve in the City of Antioch.
The project was in response to a challenge from Rotary International President Ian H.S. Riseley who challenged clubs across the world to plant 1-tree for every member of their club.
“It is my hope that the result of that effort will be far greater than the environmental benefit that those 1.2 million new trees will bring,” Riseley said. “I believe the greater result will be a Rotary that recognizes our responsibility not only to the people on our planet, but to the planet itself.”
In response, Antioch Rotarians planted a variety of Red Willow Oak and Walnut Tress around the DOW Wetlands Preserve.
The project was led by Graeme Darlington, a newer member of the club. Darlington accepted the challenge and coordinated the efforts of the club and worked to negotiate a location, trees, and coordinate volunteer efforts.
Darlington highlighted how the project took about a month to plan while working with Krist Jensen who he called the “savior of the project” because he steered the project with DOW on their property while supplying the maintenance, dug the holes, provided the wire cages, and tree locations.
“It seemed like a fun project to get involved with and help the community with more trees,” said Darlington. “Seeing all the people turn out to help with all the trees and materials, it made it worthwhile just to see it in action.”
Darlington added that he wanted to issue a special thank you to Jensen for all his work saying if it wasn’t for him this service project wouldn’t have gotten done so quickly or easily.
He explained how in coordination with DOW, prep work was provided ahead of time by DOW including hole locations and ongoing maintenance. Rotarians planted the trees and put up the protective fencing.
“It’s great to see local Rotarians to rise up to the challenge put in front of them by rotary international. There was an effort for trees being planted and our club followed through by replanting trees in the recently damaged DOW Wetlands,” said club President Ken Turnage II. “As club president, I could not be more thrilled with the efforts displayed by Rotarians on Sunday.”
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The Antioch Rotary Club meets every Thursday for lunch at the Lone Tree Golf Course and Event Center located at 4800 Golf Course Road, Antioch CA 94531