Posted by Bob Hermann on Sep 21, 2020
Saturday, September 19, 2020 was a day filled with sunshine and pleasant weather; it was perfect for working outdoors. Led by Harold Hoogasian, the group of Rotarians and a newly relocated Rotaractor, Ambra Jacobson, made some significant headway in helping to garden a section of Rotary Meadow. Folks, although socially distanced, were able to talk and work together as they tackled brambles, English Ivy, and non-native grasses. Working to support the environment was this team's goal in helping to pave the way for native plants in the area that our group was assigned. We made a significant dent in the landscape as is evidenced by the photos.
We were asked at the end of the work morning what was our Rose, our Bud, and our Thorn. Some of the responses included:  Rose (making a difference in the environment, working with each other, having fun, being outside in the open air); Bud (sharing the fun with new people, creating a space for comfort, creating an area for new plant life that is native and non-invasive); and Thorn (having to wear a mask, being distant from each other, not being able to work a little more, invasive species).

Participating in this service day were:  Harold Hoogasian, Bill Poppen, Gary “Buck” Dales, Ambra Jacobson (a Rotaractor exploring our Club), Dan Joraanstad, Dr. Lily Muldoon, M.D., Michael Denevan (Lily’s guest), Gary Keener, and Vice President of Community Service, Bob Hermann. See photos here.
We were reminded by Millie Calzada, Native Plant Nursery Program Manager, that volunteering opportunities can be on a scheduled work day such as this one, or you can come and volunteer during the week….just check the Sutro Stewards website and continue to adhere to COVID-19 procedures.
If you missed this opportunity and would like to help, please check our website or read future issues of Grindings to find out the next time we’ll return to Rotary Meadow.