Rotary Tree Planting

We started on a bitter cold day in January with two Durham Rotary Club planters (Jenny Levine and Peter Jacobi), but our Club did it!

Durham Rotary Club met the challenge of Rotary International President Ian Riseley to plant a tree for every Rotarian worldwide. 72 Rotarians, family and friends of Durham Rotary planted 441 trees surpassing our goal of 249 – one tree for every active, honorary  and on leave member of our Club. Six donors funded $1650 for trees. Our Tree Planting Challenge Work Team led this project advocated by our Presidents Seth Jernigan, Brady Surles, and our own ESRAG secretary Melissa Mills.

Planting trees in our community helped Durham Rotary Club form longterm tree planting partnerships with the City of Durham Urban Forestry; Trees Durham; Keep Durham Beautiful; Triangle Land Conservancy; Durham Central Park; North Carolina School of Science and Math; Durham Public Schools; StudentU; and our fellow Rotary Clubs in Chapel Hill/Carrboro and Hillsborough.

View our brief Earth Day celebration video: https://vimeo.com/266618169 Use the password trees (all lower case.)

Submitted by Peter Jacobi

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