Big week for CG Rotary, Carousel

Members of the Cottage Grove Rotary and Philippine delegation enjoy a moment on the carousel, which is nearing completion.

Last week, Rotary District 5110 welcomed 10 members of the Philippine delegation, which visited Springfield, Cottage Grove and Eugene to learn about local Rotary projects.

While in the Cottage Grove area, delegates were shown the repaint of the aqua lion mural at Warren H. Daugherty Pool, the historic downtown bike lockers, as well as learned about the annual Community Christmas Party, Swinging Bridge project, scholarships for seniors and Rotary Youth Academy camp for sophomores. 

They were also told of the bike helmet, car seats and life jackets programs, the Rotary’s support for Family Relief Nursery, food security, South Lane Dental free clinic, art supplies for local students, personal dictionary for third-graders, and received a tour of PeaceHealth Riverbend, Weyerhaeuser, Pacific Yurts and participated in a walking tour of downtown Cottage Grove.

The Central Philippines delegation, which will take ideas back to its country, was made up of a Rotary District Governor, eight Rotary Past Presidents and a president nominee.

A dedication ceremony was attended by several local Rotarians and eight members of the Philippine delegation to dedicate the local Rotary Club’s adopting a section of the carousel — known as the handicapped section — which meets ADA needs (American for Disability Association).

Larry Bottemiller played the National Anthem of the Philippines by trumpet, with Paul Yap, a member of the Philippine delegation, holding the music. In addition, a presentation of the club’s check for adoption was given by Rotary Club Community Service Director Dana Merryday to Carousel committee founder and president Don Williams.

A few of the Philippine delegation, after signing a liability waiver (until the carousel has been certified, all riders must sign a liability waiver) rode on the carousel — some for their first-ever carousel experience.

“It was a very happy group of people who had a short period of fellowship and learned of a new project they might take back to their own country,” said Williams. “Something to bring happiness and goodwill to their community — the love of a carousel.”

Williams added that there are approximately 36,000 Rotary clubs in over 200 countries around the world, all with the motto of “Service Above Self.”

“Rotarians take this very seriously,” said Williams, who noted the Rotary Friendship Exchange and the organization’s dedication to the eradication of polio around the world as just two examples of Rotary International’s focus on service to the communities they serve and to bring peace and harmony to the world.

Williams also highlighted the carousel project, which is still awaiting safety certification and finalization of business agreements that include long-term temporary housing for the carousel, as well as working toward a building fund for land and a building for the carousel.

“We have been blessed with doors being opened when they needed to be opened,” said Williams. “We have been fortunate to have so many happy people visit the carousel.”

While the Philippine delegation was making its presentation, the founder and president of the Albany Carousel Board, Wendy Kirby and Rebecca Bond, Executive Director of the Albany Visitors Association, were in attendance. 

The day before the Rotary dedication, three members of the former Coquille Carousel Board — Linda Short, Ophie Keene, and Nancy Bangergt — visited the carousel.

Members of the Philippine delegation included: Ramon Cua “Toto” Locsin, Victor Federico “Pip” Acepcion, Ivy Lasanas, Maricar Octaviano, Paul Yap, Joel Jaranilla, Maria Ester “Mate” Espina, Christoper “Popoy” Mah, Joseito “Lito” Sion and PP Maria Antonietta “Toks” Lopez.

“With so many volunteer hours put into the project, it is heart-warming to have questions raised throughout Western Oregon regarding the carousel and its well-being,” Williams said. 

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