Rotary Christmas Bike Drive

For the past 13 years, members of the Logan Rotary Club have opened their hearts to share the joy of Christmas with many children throughout the community.

Prior to this year, they partnered with Toys to Share to offer new bicycles to children who applied through the program. However, Toys to Share is not distributing toys this year; so the Rotary Club is now partnering with Hocking County Children Services to provide new bicycles for 65 children.

While Rotary members open their hearts to the spirit of the holiday, each year the club graciously asks the community to step up with donations of money to help purchase new bicycles for children who might never have had a chance to have one otherwise. “We historically have been providing at least 65 to 70 bicycles of various sizes each year,” explained Logan Rotarian and committee chair Joe Murtha. “This year we are going to provide 65 new bicycles to Children Services for distribution to the clients they have identified that need bicycles.”

Most of the bicycle sizes needed are for children 12 and older, which is much more costly, Murtha noted. This is why it is necessary to seek donations. Murtha said any amount would be appreciated — $5, $10, $50 — whatever the person feels comfortable with donating.

When the bike giveaway first started, the club accepted donations of used bicycles, but eventually found that the cost of refurbishing the bicycles was often the same, if not more expensive than purchasing a new one. And though it was refurbished, it was still an old bike.

“It became cost prohibitive,” Murtha told The Logan Daily News. “The cost of parts was so high, and sometimes we couldn’t find the right parts — and Walmart has given us such a good buy on bicycles that we can now afford to buy new ones. Besides, no one wants a used bike for Christmas. Every kid wants a shiny, new bike on Christmas morning.”

“We need help as we’ve needed in other years,” Murtha remarked. “We just want to make sure that these kids have a new bicycle on Christmas morning.”

Murtha said the club needs to raise between $4,000 and $5,000 this year in order to provide Children Services with 65 bikes.

“It’s helping the children and that’s what we’re wanting to do; make Christmas special for boys and girls that may not otherwise have a memorable holiday,” he added.

If you would like to donate toward this cause, please contact us or mail a donation to:

Logan Rotary Club
14075 St Rt 374
Rockbridge, OH 43149

Joe Murtha – 740-385-5483

-Source: Logan Daily News

Annual Pancake Feast

Plans are underway for the 49th Annual Pancake Feast to be held Saturday, May 5, 2018 from 7:30 am-1:00 pm. The event is a tasty and economical way to feed yourself or the entire family. Additionally, it affords you the opportunity to support our community by just eating. The Pancake Feast is the primary fundraiser for the Logan Rotary Club. There is also a 50/50 drawing available. The profits from this event fund numerous worthwhile local projects throughout the year in the Logan/Hocking County community.
The meal includes: pancakes (all you can eat), sausage, and choice of drink. Extra sausage and/or extra drinks are available for a small charge. Tickets cost $6 for adults, $3 for children (age 10-3) and children under age 3 eat for free. Tickets may be purchased at the door or in advance from any Rotary member.
The Rotary Pancake Feast is graciously hosted at the American Legion Post 78 located on SR 664 S. (behind the Baymont Inn and across from Walmart).
Come out and enjoy a great meal (we’ve been doing pancakes a long time), make new friends, and support the Logan/Hocking County community.

“Our local Rotary Club has been perfecting the art of making pancakes for 49 years, and we believe our pancakes have a wonderful reputation for being great.” -Bob Lilly

Project Mingo Shelter

A little over 20 years ago, the Logan Rotary Club helped finance and build the shelter house at Mingo Park between the baseball fields and the children’s playground area. While the City of Logan did put on a new roof 2 years ago, the rafters supporting the roof have now become loose or broken due to age and people hanging from them. Rotarian Jim Robinson saw the need for the repairs but knew the city had many other repair projects that took priority. So Rotarian Jim took the opportunity to help by taking the project idea to his fellow club members.

With the members and financial support from the Logan Rotary Club, the rafters have now all been permanently repaired with new 2×4’s and bolts. The beat up gutters were also taken down to allow water to disperse evenly around the structure instead of pooling in one spot where the downspout was broken off.

Thank you Rotarian Jim for tackling this worthy project!

Do you have a project or would like to help with projects like this? Consider becoming a Rotarian today and see how much of a difference you can make!

Annual Family Fishing Day

“Get Hooked on Rotary Family Fishing Day.”

Every year for the last 10 years, the Logan Rotary Club has sponsored a family fishing day at Rose lake. Rose lake is stocked with trout on this day and provides an excellent chance for the little ones to catch a fish. Not only can children catch a fish, every child is given a prize ticket for a chance to win their choice of toy or fishing gear! Hot dogs, chips, and snacks are also provided for the children. Join us next year on Good Friday for some free fun!

Cardboard City 2015

The Cardboard City is an awareness fundraiser sponsored by Habitat for Humanity.

Pictured are Andrew McGhee, Damon Kuhn, Madison McGhee, and Sophie McGhee for team Logan Rotary.

“The issue that we’re addressing is substandard housing in our region,” said Amber Mendenhall, director of community engagement. “So people donate and they volunteer their time for a couple of hours to build a cardboard house.”

This is the ninth annual cardboard city event hosted by Habitat for Humanity, but it is the first year that part of the event has been held in Hocking County, which is one of seven different service areas serviced by Habitat. So far, they have raised $4,200.

Two groups from Hocking College, one group from the Logan Rotary Club, and also a group from the Logan High School drama department all participated on Saturday April 25th, 2015. The Logan Rotary Club took home the “Most Creative” Award with their End Polio Castle design.

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Kachelmacher Park Rehab 2014 – 2015

With the help of the community, local businesses and grant funding more than $20,000 in improvements to parking and playground equipment will be made at Kachelmacher Park this year.

The City of Logan applied for a $20,750 project from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Nature Works Grant program, which is a 75 percent funded grant with a 25 percent local match. The city received the grant from ODNR in the amount of $15,562.50; the Rotary Club of Logan provided $3,800 cash; and the City will perform $1,387.50 of in-kind work to install the playground equipment and gravel for the overflow parking.

The project is a collaborative effort of the city, Logan Rotary Club and ODNR in order to provide more recreation for the entire county and to act as a proud symbol of the community. According to Bruce Walker, Logan parks and cemetery supervisor, it’s been approximately 14 years since the last upgrade to Kachelmacher Park.

The grant will cover a new playground fire engine to replace the current one and gravel for the expansion of the overflow parking lot. Andrew McGhee, the youngest member of Rotary, wanted to see the project taken further.

McGhee’s proposal includes paint and update existing equipment and structures; rehab bathroom; purchase/build playground equipment; rehab main shelter house; construct walking trail; layout a mini soccer/football field behind main shelter house; install basketball court where horseshoe pit is presently located; add signs/donation wall; designate fishing area; purchase flags for flag pole; and replace the grills.

A permanent donation wall will be erected, recognizing any individual or company that donates money, material or manpower to the project. There are three tier levels for donations and 100 percent of all the proceeds donated will be used toward the Kachelmacher Park rehabilitation project.

Donations are being accepted through the new website; by contacting McGhee at 740-385-8575; or mail donations to Logan Rotary Club, 14075 SR 374, Rockbridge, Ohio 43149.

Source: Logan Daily News

Highway Clean Up

The Logan Rotary Club has adopted US Highway 33 between 664 and 93 exits. Rotarians meet at Kachelmacher Park every 3 months to pick up rubbish along the highway. Friends and family are invited to participate, but you must be at least 18 years of age.