Rotarians complete local yard project
by Melanie Patterson
Apr 15, 2012 | 1419 views | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Jasper Rotary Club Community Service Committee co-chair Torrie Grelle mows the grass Saturday for the club's Done In A Day project. Below, fellow committee co-chair Eric Nail  sprays weed killer along a fence line for the club's most recent community project. Photo by: Melanie Patterson
Jasper Rotary Club Community Service Committee co-chair Torrie Grelle mows the grass Saturday for the club's Done In A Day project. Below, fellow committee co-chair Eric Nail sprays weed killer along a fence line for the club's most recent community project. Photo by: Melanie Patterson
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Saturday morning was a perfect day to do a little yard work.

Members of the Jasper Rotary Club did just that for a community member who needed a helping hand.

At 8 a.m. Saturday, four members of the club were mowing, spraying weed killer and spreading ant poison for their Done In A Day project.

“We try to find a project where we can make a difference in a day,” said Torrie Grelle, co-chair of the club’s community service committee along with Eric Nail. The club does a DIAD project every month or every two months.

“We’re here to make things better,” Grelle said. “The Rotary motto is ‘Service Above Self.’ Our community needs to see that we care. We need to put a little sweat equity in there.”

Grelle said the local Rotary Club was once known as an organization that would donate money to projects, but not much else.

“It’s easy to throw money at a project,” said Nail. “But we like to actually be there and do work that needs to be done. We get out and do things that make a difference.”

The focus of DIAD is to complete projects that can be completed in eight hours or less.

As an incentive, the club has formed three teams that earn points for participating in service projects.

In June, the team with the most points gets a steak dinner while the rest of the club dines on hot dogs, according to Grelle.

Other DIAD community service projects this year have included helping move a tornado victim to a new home, cleaning up tree debris from storm damage, ringing the bell at businesses for the Salvation Army and cleaning up and moving beds into a homeless shelter.

“We try to do things that impact people,” Grelle said. “We like the opportunity to serve the community.”