West Reading-Wyomissing Rotary Day of Service focuses on the environment

Environmental sustainability is one of Rotary’s areas of focus. The West Reading-Wyomissing Rotary Club joined other Rotary Clubs to do an environmental project as part of the Rotary Day of Service on Saturday, April 29, 2023.

Rotarian Kevin Weber coordinated the Club’s Day of Service Projects starting with the Adopt-A-Highway litter cleanup on April 29. The Club cleaned the Papermill Road section in Spring Township and received recognition from PennDOT as a 30-year participant.

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The Tree Planting Project is one of the West Reading-Wyomissing Rotary Club signature programs that includes utilizing the Rotary Grant process to increase tree planting and stewardship in the community.

Photo courtesy of West Reading-Wyomissing & Rotary District 7430.

Urban tree population depends on large-scale participation to thrive and grow. Seven native shade trees were planted as part of the service project. See where the Rotary has planted trees to date at arborscope.com/inventories/9707

The West Reading-Wyomissing Rotary Club worked collaboratively with the City of Reading Public Works Department and City Arborist, Lester Kissinger Jr., to plant five trees at Schlegel Park Pool. The Club also planted two trees on April 29 at Berks Nature and The Nature Place.

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Berks Nature commends Rotary’s commitment to Environmental Sustainability. The organization’s VP Development & Community Relations, Tami Shimp, visited the club in April and stated, “We have completed numerous partnership projects with the West Reading- Wyomissing Rotary Club and look forward to continued collaboration to benefit the environment both here in Berks as well as for the entire Delaware River Watershed and the 15 million people that rely on the watershed for drinking water.”

Photo courtesy of West Reading-Wyomissing & Rotary District 7430.

Rotary District 7430’s Environmental Sustainability Chair, Terry Reed, has been leading the effort to get the district’s 47 clubs to commit to all doing an environmental project on the same day (April 29) or sometime during the month of April.

Photo courtesy of West Reading-Wyomissing & Rotary District 7430.

Reed, who is a member of the West Reading-Wyomissing Rotary Club said, “This is what Rotarians do – when there is a community or a global need, we dig in, we use our resources to get things done. Rotary has made a strong commitment to environmental education, protecting, and restoring our environment, and addressing climate change.”

Rotarians are “People of Action” and through our Day of Service encourage awareness and action to protect the environment, doing something to take care of the Earth. Throughout the year the West Reading-Wyomissing Rotary Club engages and collaborates in various community service projects. Learn more at: www.ourrotaryclub.org

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