Rotary Club builds shed for local shelter


From left, Tim Blagsvedt, Roger Oberweiser, Jim Weaver, Brad Willy, Larry Elstro, and Tom Conrad work on the shed. (submitted photo)

Rotary Club of Zionsville is in its 28th year serving the greater Zionsville community. Each year, the group takes on various service projects to help meet community needs. Funding is awarded via grants from the District 6560 Chapter of Rotary International.

In 2017, the group was eligible for a new member grant. Jane Johnson, Jojo Reinbold and Lee Irwin joined that year. It was up to the new members to propose a project worthy of the grant.

“The best part of our meetings is that we get to hear from someone new each week. Dr. Lori Buzzetti, the founder of So Big Mountain House, spoke to our group at one of our Thursday meetings,” Johnson said. “We became very interested in what they were doing to help pregnant women because one of our core values is to support women and children.”

The new shed at So Big Mountain House will store incoming donations to the shelter. “
We matched the color of the siding and the trim to match the So Big Mountain House itself,” Rotarian Brad Willy said. (submitted photo)

Together, the three new Rotarians submitted a proposal to build a shed for So Big, located on the property of Whitestown’s New Hope Christian Church, to store So Big’s incoming donations. They received the grant from Rotary International.

“We saw this as a way we could give back to the community and take advantage of the new member grant that the Rotary District was offering to local clubs,” Johnson said.

The project was started on June 23, 2018 and took three weekends to complete.

“We had the shed itself built on that (first) day,” said Rotary Club Member Brad Willy. “When we left, what was left to be completed was the roofing of the shed and then the doors and the painting.”

The roofing was done on June 30. The doors, painting and final touches were completed on July 7.

“Zionsville Rotary Club was great to work with.They met with me to determine our needs and then took care of (the whole project),” Buzzetti said.