Meet your neighbors: Fruita Rotary Club |

Meet your neighbors: Fruita Rotary Club

Denise Hight
Special to the Free Press
Fruita Rotary Club members, standing from left to right: Bennett Boeschenstein , Claudine Bogart, Winnie Storm, Angelina Salazar and Kyle Hunke. Seated: Steve DeFeyter, Duke Wortman, Tom McNamara, Terry Davis.
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Denise: What is the Fruita Rotary Club?

FRC: Fruita Rotary Club (FRC) is one the Grand Valley’s oldest service clubs. It was formed in 1936. We meet every Tuesday at noon in the Fruita Civic Center. The club’s members donate over $20,000 annually to a variety of projects in the community.

Denise: What are some of the projects you support?

FRC: We support the Agape Food Bank, but we mainly focus on educational projects including Kids Aid Colorado — a backpack program that distributes food to local school children, Kids Voting, and the Dolly Parton Imagination Library. Each year we donate dictionaries to all the third-grade students at Shelledy, Loma, and Rim Rock Elementary schools. The Rotary offers two $1,000 scholarships each year to graduating senior from Fruita Monument High School: the Marge Miller Scholarship, in honor of a past Rotary president, and the Mike Williams Scholarship, in honor of a Fruita Monument science teacher. In order to encourage the next generation to take part in community service, we sponsor the Interact Club, a Rotary Club for high school students, at Fruita Monument, and honor a Student of the Month.

Denise: How do you raise the money?

FRC: Fundraising is fun for us, and the Fruita Rotary is known in the valley as the “beer club” because we make money for our projects by selling beer at Fruita events and festivals including Mike the Headless Chicken, Fruita Fat Tire, and Fruita Fall Festival.

Denise: What is the purpose of the club?

FRC: We’re here to help the community. We think of this community as a gift, and we are honored to do what we can to make a difference.

Denise Hight is co-author of Images of America: Fruita, which was published by Arcadia Publishing in 2011. She is currently working on another book for Arcadia, Legendary Locals of Fruita, which will be published in 2016. She can be reached at

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