Rotary makes donates $15,000 to Roundhouse renovation

It is always a special Rotary meeting when there is a new member induction. Past President Bettie Bolar presided over the induction of newest member Ryan Alfred, sponsored by Todd Eipperle during the Tuesday luncheon meeting.

Alfred works with the Boy Scouts of America. Aiddy Phomvisay bid farewell to the Student Rotarians visiting in April, awarding each with a certificate and a medallion emblazoned with the Rotary four-way test.

To a standing ovation, Heather Van Buren and Gary Schaudt accepted a gift of $15,000 from the Marshalltown Rotary for the Roundhouse Renovation.

Bonnie Lowry then introduced Joann Neven to present a program on the Thaddeus and Angelica Family and their Binford Home. Neven is a native Iowan who has lived in Marshalltown with her husband Gene for 47 years. She attended the University of Northern Iowa and is a former teacher. Neven described how the Binford House, which is a National Historic Register landmark, came to be constructed in 1874.

She also described the unique features and style of the home located at 110 N. Second Ave. Nevan also described the three member clubs who maintain the house for the community. The Binford house makes for a great meeting place and is open for tours by appointment. The home is also open for wedding rehearsal, anniversary, retirement, or any celebration dinner. Neven described efforts to raise $40,000 for improvements which include a driveway, ramp, and landscaping. She reported that they have already raised $12,000, but will not begin until the goal is reached.

The Marshalltown Rotary Club was established in 1915 and has had a tradition of service to the community. We were the 185th club chartered out of more than 35,000 clubs.-