Posted by Steven Stocker on Apr 27, 2018
Club member Gary Zwirlein recently announced that as part of RI President Ian Riseley’s challenge to plant a tree for every Rotarian during this 2017-2018 year the Elmbrook Rotary Foundation made a $1,200 donation to Simple Hope for 60 trees.
Club member Tom Curl also helped in the effort and the following photos show just some of 50 trees that were delivered to a site in Tanzania as coordinated by Simple Hope. As they get 50 trees per truckload the other 10 will go on the next shipment.
RI President Ian Riseley challenged every Rotary club to make a difference by planting a tree for each of its members between the start of the Rotary year on July 1, 2017 and on Earth Day on April 22, 2018. Trees remove carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases from the air, which slows global warming.
“It is my hope that the result of that effort will be far greater than the environmental benefit that those 1.2 million new trees will bring,” Riseley said. “I believe the greater result will be a Rotary that recognizes our responsibility not only to the people on our planet, but to the planet itself.”
Thanks to Gary, Tom, and everyone else in the Club who contributed to this effort. For more information on Simple Hope, please visit