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Community Partners Executive Director Taylor Holm (center) doles out assignments to groups for the Senior Yard Clean Up Day on Oct. 16. (Photo by Jan Swart)1 / 3
Volunteers from North Shore Rotary and Two Harbors Lions Club work to clear brush and cut grass for seniors in need on Oct. 16. (Photo by Jan Swart)2 / 3
The North Shore Rotary and Two Harbors Lions Club teamed up to complete a Senior Clean Up Day on Oct. 14. Student volunteers from the Interact Club at Two Harbors High School also helped out. (Photo by Jan Swart)3 / 3

Two local clubs worked together last Sunday to sponsor a Senior Clean Up Day with the help of Community Partners.

The North Shore Rotary and Two Harbors Lions Club members worked together on Oct. 16 to rake leaves, clean gutters, clear brush, mow grass, paint bathrooms, move furniture and so much more. Community Partners Executive Director Taylor Holm is a member of the North Shore Rotary and went to her fellow members asking for help on these chore services.

"I, as a Community Partners representative and Rotary club member, am able to express our needs to the Rotary and they said, well let's help Community Partners, because we need volunteers and people need a lot of chore clean up around this time of year, older adults that is," Holm said. "We have a list of people here at Community Partners who have received chore services before. So we just reached out to people on our contact list and asked if anybody needed it, and they certainly did."

About 20 volunteers met at the Law Enforcement Center and were given assignments to go out in groups to six different homes in Two Harbors.

"We went to six houses of older adults and we did various projects like raking, washing windows, hulling wood, mowing lawns, painting bathrooms and lots of different random things," Holm said. "Then we went to Castle Danger for pizza and it was great."

Lions Club president Darrin Young was able to get out on Sunday and be apart of the clean up day.

"I was on one of the crews. We helped this woman move some furniture around, get an old fridge out of her house, cleaned up some brush and other work," he said. "There were quite a few different requests that were asked when we first started out and everyone organized themselves into crews and went where they were needed."

According to Young, Rotary member Randy Willert approached the Lions Club about doing a joint community service venture. Young said the club discussed it and decided it sounded like something that they wanted to do.

"It certainly worked out to just be able to go out and help some people in the community do some projects they weren't able to do on their own," Young said. "We were lucky enough to get a pretty good afternoon to do some different projects."

Young said the woman his crew was helping out was so overly thankful it really made them feel good about the project. Both Young and Holm said they hope that this service project will continue and Holm said she would like to have it once in the spring and once in the fall.

"Everybody was pretty excited about it afterward, and I heard some Lions Club members saying they wanted to do it again," Holm said. "So people saw the need when they were out there and saw what a difference it made. Community Partners is grateful that the two clubs decided to help out people 60 and older in our community."

How to be a member

North Shore Rotary and Two Harbors Lions Club are always looking for new people to join their club. According to North Shore Rotary president Bill Crandall, the club has been around for quite some time now and is a service organization.

"Rotary's biggest focus internationally is to eradicate polio," he said. "One of the things we do, our club specifically, prefers to do more hands on projects."

Crandall said the club also generates donations and raises funds for things like the polio eradication. He also said the Rotary sponsors activities such as the red kettles during the holiday season, donate money to different groups throughout the community like the cornhole event, raise funds through their rose sale and hold a golf outing.

"We also focus a lot on youth activities. We have a scholarship that we do for both the William Kelley and the Two Harbors high schools," Crandall said. "We also send students to RYLA, which is Rotary Youth Leadership Award, which is a camp every summer to develop youth leaders."

The North Shore Rotary meets once a week on Tuesdays. They meet in the afternoons during the school year and in the mornings during the summer. At their meetings they have a presenter and if one isn't brought in than a member could present on what they do for a profession. To join, a person only has to sit down with a Rotary member and come to a meeting.

"The start off would be to have a sit down with one or two Rotary members to have the club members share with them what Rotary is all about and answer all their questions," Crandall said. "Then come to a meeting, get a feel of it and then at that point in time we ask you if you would like to pursue being a club member and if the answer is yes, we can order you the welcome kit and then you're a member of our club."

Crandall said the best person to contact is him or anyone of the members listed on their site at www.northshorerotary.com.

"If you're interested in fellowship with other professionals, retired and active, within the community along with serving for the betterment of your community, Rotary is an excellent organization to be a member of," he said.

The process of joining the Two Harbors Lions Club is very similar.

"You can talk to any Lions Club member and we invite people to come to our meetings," Young said. "We typically meet the third Thursday of every month at 5:30 p.m. at the Two Harbors Federal Credit Union community room. We love to have people stop out and if people are interested, we can certainly invite them out to talk to any club member."

According to Young, the Lions Club is a service organization that contributes to things such as hearing and sight impairments, diabetes, scholarships to two high school seniors, Just Kids Dental and a number of other organizations. Someone interested in joining the Lions Club can contact Young at darrinwyoung@gmail.com.

Adelle Whitefoot

Adelle Whitefoot is a Michigan native who moved to Minnesota in Sept. 2014 when she started as a reporter for the Lake County News-Chronicle. She graduated from Northern Michigan University in Marquette, Mich., in 2012 with a bachelor's in English writing and has been a professional photographer since 2011. Whitefoot is the night general assignments reporter for the Duluth News Tribune. 

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