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Letter To The Editor - Fish Fry Thank You


J. Scott VanDerbeck

President, LaGrange Rotary


To the Editor:

On behalf of the Rotary Club of LaGrange County, I would like to thank the many people who made last Wednesday evening’s 52nd Jonah Fish Fry a success.

Adam Marchand, a Lakeland graduate, a past Rotary college scholarship winner, and a music student at Ball State University provided professional trumpet and piano solos as background dinner music.

The three recipients of this year’s Rotary college scholarships – Arthur Franke, Tristan Good and Connor Hostetler – helped serve the meals. Cub Scout Pack 3764 leader Hedi Yoder greeted attendees and helped gain a lesson in charitable giving. Farmers State Bank contributed toward the printing of posters and tickets. Many others, too many to credit individually, participated to make this year’s dinner another success.

It is with the help of many who contribute their time and talents that service clubs such as Rotary are able to continue positively impacting our community. All net income is returned to the community, so your participation is appreciated.

We served over 600 fish dinners at the air-conditioned Lakeland Middle School.

The food, as usual was provided by the Jonah Club. They bring four fryers and the fish filets. Rotarians and volunteers bread the fish. As in the past, the fish were fried at the LaGrange County Fairgrounds. This year there were problems with the electrical circuits. Breakers to two cookers kept tripping, causing delays in the food delivery. We apologize to anyone who was inconvenienced. The fairgrounds staff has been very accommodating in the past. We look forward to solving this little disruption and moving forward with them into the future.

The generous and supporting citizens of LaGrange County make this a county that we are proud to live and serve in. Thank you again to the many supporters of our outreach programs. We look forward to seeing you in June 2013 at the 53rd Rotary Fish Fry.