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Rotarians come together for backyard renovation

Powerhouse Ministries receives facility upgrade
By: Eric Laughlin Telegraph correspondent
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A joint effort by Folsom’s three Rotary clubs was celebrated Thursday with the ribbon-cutting for a new upgraded backyard at Powerhouse Ministries. The clubs, which each meet separately at different times of the day, came together for the first time to help turn the faith-based community center’s back alley into a lush green yard with a covered lattice and picnic bench. The yard and sitting area will play host to Powerhouse volunteers and preschoolers who come to the center twice each week. The project took a little longer than expected due to an extremely wet winter and late start to summer, but members from all three clubs seemed pleased with the final product. “That first weekend we were all out here I would have never envisioned this,” said Rotarian Jim Garity. “It’s now a pleasant setting instead of a gang-like setting.” “The before and after photos are what really show how far it’s come,” added Rotarian Mike McAtee. The project received extra financing by way of matching grant money from Rotary International. “That was another good thing about the clubs coming together, it made it a lot easier to get grant money,” said Lola Purdy, who served as president of the Rotary Club of Historic Folsom. “They always like to encourage group projects.” Dave Doherty, president of the Rotary Club of Folsom, said the project was a good example of teamwork. “That’s what we do, under promise and over deliver,” he joked. “This was a lot of hard work by a number of volunteers.” She added that a wider array of Rotary members meant more talents and trades came to the table to help complete the project. The project actually got started last year, when Powerhouse Ministries Director and Senior Pastor Nancy Atchley was approached by the three clubs. “We actually had a nice backyard at our other facility on Wales Drive,” she said. “But when that became our Women and Children’s Transition Center, we came here and thought it would be nice to have something more than blacktop. “We’re very thankful to the three clubs,” she added. “What they accomplished turned out more special than we could have imagined.” Folsom’s original Rotary Club formed in 1953 and meets Thursday evenings at the Rotary Club House at Lew Howard Park, while the Historic Folsom Club was formed seven years ago and meets in Thursday mornings at Lake Natoma Inn. The Rotary Club of Folsom Lake has been around for a year and holds Tuesday noon meetings at the Folsom Community Center. The Powerhouse Ministries community center is located at 311 Market St. in Folsom.