October 2020 The Zionsville Rotary Club truly exemplifies \u201cservice above self,\u201d and its latest service project is a testament to the organization\u2019s Rotary International principal motto. When the pandemic struck earlier this year, the Zionsville Rotary Club asked itself in what ways could it help out the Zionsville community. The club\u2019s current president, Alan Stottlemyer, sparked an idea when the club\u2019s past president, Jane Johnson, who works for Zionsville Community Schools, reached out to the district\u2019s school principles to see how the Rotary club could assist the schools. The need was identified as outdoor tables to assist ZCS in facilitating outdoor learning. As a local service club that has been serving the Zionsville community for nearly 35 years, the local Rotarians wasted no time in organizing build-out dates and delivering tables to the local schools. Building Long-lasting Tables and Bonds of Fellowship Rotarian Andy Liss has led the project of building tables and benches for ZCS students. The current goal is to build a minimum of four tables for each ZCS school. The club is comprised of about 25 members and has nearly 100 man hours into the 18 tables it has completed so far. But it can definitely use more hands and financial contributions from outside the membership. \u201cWe\u2019re a small club, but we\u2019re mighty,\u201d Liss expressed. \u201cIt\u2019s just so fulfilling to know that we do build these so quickly and make a direct impact on our community. It\u2019s what Rotary is all about. The project really began a few weeks back, over the summer, when the superintendent of ZCS, Dr. Scott Robison, was a guest speaker at our club. He discussed the pandemic and what the schools are doing, preparedness and things of that nature.\u201d During Dr. Robison\u2019s visit with Zionsville Rotary, the topic of outdoor spaces came up, and Robison mentioned that they really didn\u2019t have a lot of good tables for lunch or outdoor learning to assist with the school\u2019s COVID-19 protocols and workarounds. Liss added, \u201cOur current club president, Alan , had noticed that the existing tables at his kids\u2019 preschool were built to scale for smaller children, so we kind of molded the ideas together and decided that was an immediate need that would impact our community, right now, so we decided to set the project in motion, and it\u2019s been so fulfilling to do.\u201d Members from the Zionsville Rotary Club have devoted four Saturdays over the last several weeks to building the six-foot-long tables and benches in Liss\u2019 driveway and have delivered tables and benches to Union Elementary, Eagle Elementary, Pleasant View Elementary and Zionsville West Middle School. How You Can Assist the Rotary Club to Complete Its Project Considering that the pandemic has sparked a lot of home improvement projects as well as impacted the national supply chains, the purchasing process of lumber and related materials has been neither inexpensive nor easy to procure. The Zionsville Rotary Club relies heavily on its annual Zionsville Sprint Triathlon\u2014that was canceled due to COVID-19\u2014to raise funds for community projects such as this. \u201cRight now, we\u2019re solely funding this project on club funds,\u201d Liss shared. \u201cWe\u2019re a pretty small club, and our main fundraiser\u2014for the past 45 years\u2014was canceled due to COVID-19, so we\u2019re using carryover funds to build these tables and benches.\u201d The Zionsville Rotary Club would be most grateful for the community\u2019s assistance with regards to corporate or individual monetary donations toward the lumber and material costs as well as extra sets of hands to assist with upcoming builds. If you are looking for a project or an organization to get involved in and would like to contribute to an upcoming build, please send the club an email at email@example.com. Visit the club\u2019s website at zionsvillerotary.com for general information.