Rotary to honor Courthouse Gazebo contractors, host district governor

Renee Campbell

The Rotary Club of Wallowa County will mark the near-completion of a two-year project to restore the iconic Wallowa County Courthouse Gazebo at a meeting featuring Rotary’s district governor Aug. 2.

Guests are welcome at the noon lunch meeting at Wallowa Lake Lodge.

District Governor Renee Campbell of Salem, whose district covers 73 rotary clubs in the northern half of Oregon and part of Washington, will convey a Rotary Paul Harris Fellowship on Mike Boodt, manager of Palmer Roofing in Pendleton, to salute the company’s $18,000 donation of the reroofing of the gazebo.

Rotary also will honor Ryan Barstad, owner of Lake City Painting, whose firm will repaint the structure this summer. Lake City has donated half of the $4,000 project. Also to be honored is James Johnson, owner of Joseph Hardware, which is providing paint and other materials.

The structure, formally known as the Courthouse Bandstand, was built by Rotary in 1987 as a central feature of the centennial celebration of the founding of Enterprise. Thirty years on, it needed a new roof and a paint job, and Rotary assumed the responsibility.

For the Rotary project, Palmer Roofing, which reroofed the courthouse in a major job last summer, matched the roofing material for the gazebo. Lake City currently is working on the painting, scheduled so as to not disturb Thursday performances in the Courthouse Concert Series.

A Paul Harris Fellowship honors someone who makes a substantial donation to The Rotary Foundation’s humanitarian projects and programs. The local club made a contribution in Boodt’s name, and he will receive a special pin.

Rotary’s district governor visits each of the district’s Rotary clubs at least yearly to outline current programs and projects and learn about each club’s initiatives.

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