Rotary dedicates high school courtyard

The Sweet Home Rotary Club presented Dec. 4 a banner to Sweet Home High School Senior Mark Lewis in commemoration of the courtyard the club completed at the new high school.

The Rotary Club was founded in 1905. Since then, it has grown into more than 1 million members with clubs all over the world.

To celebrate the club’s centennial, the Sweet Home club completed the courtyard project, President Patty Gourley said.

The courtyard is located on the back side of the main high school between the high school and new gym. The Rotary Club poured concrete, planted trees and installed small picnic tables in the courtyard.

The area was kind of neglected, with a few shrubs, Dr. Henry Wolthuis said. Morse Brothers provided a substantial discount.

Josh Darwood gave the Rotary Club a good bid on the project then went the extra mile, Dr. Wolthuis said. The club couldn’t afford the decorative concrete work, but Darwood went ahead and did some of it.

The club also worked with the landscaper for the high school project, and the football players helped unload and move the heavy concrete tables.