Rotary Club opens new bathrooms at Smith Fields

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The Rotary Club of Whitefish recently opened its Gotta Go restroom at Smith Fields Youth Sports Complex.

The club raised funds to purchase ADA-compliant pre-cast concrete bathrooms to be placed in the sports complex, club president Nicole Jemming noted. The bathrooms are insulated, which allows them to be open almost all year round.

Gotta Go bathrooms will now serve the many youth and fans in the area associated with football, lacrosse, softball, baseball leagues, as well as community events. Project Whitefish Kids built the foundation and provided the extension and connection of utilities.

Fundraising through the Whitefish Community Foundation’s Great Fish Community Challenge set the tone for achieving the goal of Gotta Go bathrooms. In addition to raising money from many generous donors, the community foundation awarded the project a Major Grant of $15,000. Additionally, Glacier Bank received the Corporate Citizenship Award during the campaign and donated $2,500 to the project.

Additional funding for Gotta Go bathrooms was received as part of Giving and Unity Day, also sponsored by the Whitefish Community Foundation. The fundraising goal was met with major donations from VFW Post 276 (Whitefish), Weyerhaeuser Giving Fund, Treacy Foundation and Logan Health Whitefish.

Rotary International is an international service organization bringing together business leaders and professionals to provide humanitarian service and to advance goodwill and peace in the world. The Rotary Club of Whitefish organizes the Magic of Christmas each holiday period and the Pancake Breakfast during the Winter Carnival.

The club also supports the Whitefish Thunder Special Olympics team, clean water projects in Guatemala, and scholarships for local and Nepalese students.

If you would like to learn more about the Rotary Club of Whitefish, please contact one of its members or attend a lunch meeting, which takes place at the Moose Lodge every Tuesday at noon.

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