Rotary of Poplarville and PRCC team up to plant memory trees

Published 7:00 am Friday, March 2, 2018

Wednesday, members of the Poplarville Rotary Club and Pearl River Community College held a ribbon cutting ceremony at Rotary Park, located near the college’s wellness center.

The ceremony recognized the efforts of the college’s staff to plant 37 live oak, Nuttall oak and willow oak trees purchased by the Poplarville Rotary Club.

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Jennifer Seal, Poplarville Rotary Club president, said the initiative started after Rotary International President, Ian Riseley, challenged 1.2 million Rotarians across the world to plant a tree before Earth Day on April 22.

By planting a tree, each Rotarian would honor every past member the club.

Seal said club members and college staff spoke about the long-standing relationship between them during the event.

Poplarville Rotary Club historian John Grant provided a brief history about how the club has held meetings on the PRCC campus since 1926.

During his speech, Grant said Rotary Club projects have always been supportive of local hospitals and schools.

Seal said Ernie Lovell, executive director of the Pearl River County Development Foundation, also remarked on the strong relationship between the college and club.

Dr. Tara Rouse, PRCC Wellness Center director, spoke about the opportunities the center provides and how planting trees has enhanced the beauty of the nearby walking track.

“The Rotary Club is always looking for opportunities to help and serve others in the community and through this park, Rotarians encourage others to live a healthy lifestyle,” Seal said.