At the annual Pass the Gavel event on Monday, June 29th, members of the Walker Rotary Club had the opportunity to see the new Rotary Hunger Relief Truck up close and personal. Members and spouses met at the Lucky Moose for dinner and to “pass the gavel” from Roxanne Olson to the next club president, Ronald “Skip” Duchesneau . Claudette Holly, member of the Walker Rotary Club and Rotary District 5580 Foundation Chair, updated the club members regarding the project. Claudette was instrumental in the Rotary Hunger Relief Project as she encouraged the grant applications and helped shepherd the Grand Rapids Rotary Clubs and Second Harvest through the process.
The truck was parked at the event for all to see the result of the collaboration between area Rotary Clubs and the Rotary District. The Rotary Hunger Relief Truck is a rolling billboard for the organizations that came together to make the truck a reality. The Walker Rotarians gathered alongside the truck for a photo, leaving space in the crowd for “Walker” to show. Each club that participated in funding the truck is listed in the signage on both sides of the box.
It was gratifying for Justin Linnell, Operations Manager, (who drove the truck to Walker) and me to be able to talk to the Walker Rotary Club about the project and to thank them for their early participation in the project.