I can’t believe it’s almost the end of August. Kids will be going back to school soon so please watch for more pedestrians and buses. Speaking of pedestrians, did you know it’s the law to yield to pedestrians and bicyclists in a crosswalk? We have a few that cross Main Street, so please be mindful by stopping and allowing them to cross safely.
I recently learned that two of our long-standing service clubs voted to discontinue as a club, due to low membership. The Business and Professional Women’s Club has been in Eaton Rapids since 1978, and the Lions Club has been in Eaton Rapids since 1944! It’s sad for me personally that both of these clubs will no longer be serving our community. I was a member of the BPW for six years, including two years as President. It taught me leadership skills, but most importantly, I gained life-long friendships and was able to provide thousands of dollars in scholarships to young working women wanting to further their education. The Lions Club is a club that my dad belonged to for over 40 years. They provided services to Eaton Rapids residents, free of charge, including building handicap ramps, providing eyeglasses and donations to the schools, among many other services. I wonder who will pick up the slack that these two clubs gave for so many years? At one time, Eaton Rapids had many service clubs, such as the Lions, BPW, Kiwanis, Rotary, Optimists, Garden, and Women Working Wonder (I am probably missing a few). Today, we have two; Rotary and Women Working Wonders. We need service clubs, but the only way to make them work is to get involved. You don’t have to commit a lot of time; every little bit counts, but so many amenities that we have in our community are because of a service club. Please consider joining, or just volunteering to help with a project. It makes a difference to the community we call home. Thank you BPW and Lions Clubs, for all that you did for Eaton Rapids!
Mayor Pam Colestock