Rotary Extends Invitation to Putnam County Residents

Representatives of the Putnam County Rotary, formerly known as the Granville Rotary, addressed the Granville Village Board on Tuesday regarding the expansion of the club membership to include the village’s elected officials, police officers and other village employees as a single entity.

Bob Cofoid, current president of the organization, introduced Justina Boggio and Jordan Ellena, who described the potential membership and past projects of the Rotary. 

Boggio explained that the organization was now accepting the membership of groups such as the village boards from all of the villages in the county. She explained that the organization felt it was a good way to keep in touch, and they were going to extend the invitation to join Rotary to all of the villages in the county.

Boggio continued by outlining some of the Rotary contributions to the community and the schools. The latter included the raising of $4,000 for scoreboards for each of the schools. Another major project of Rotary was sponsorship of the post-prom “Afterglow.”

One of the club’s current projects is a short-term foreign exchange program. One student from Italy will come to stay in Putnam County, while a Putnam County resident will reside in Italy for two weeks.

The organization’s name change, she said, was instituted to let the community know membership was not limited to Granville residents. Indeed, among the 29 members, there already are individuals from McNabb and Magnolia as well.

Ellena went on to describe the club’s meetings and dues structure. Rotary dinner meetings, he said, normally are at 6:30 p.m. every Thursday at Ray’s Place in Hennepin. The annual dues are $100, payable as two $50 installments. Usually the meetings are attended by 15-20 members.

If the village agreed to membership, one or more of the officials or employees could attend the meetings as representatives of the village.

“We’d welcome you as a group,” said Cofoid.

Following those remarks, Gimbal indicated the board would decide on village membership at their next meeting.

Source: News Tribune