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April 17, 2014

Rotary party supports aid project

Water filter for Third World to be demonstrated at Honor Heights

Muskogee’s Rotary Club needs your help turning wine into water Saturday at Honor Heights Park.

Nita McClellan, the chairwoman of Party in the Park, said the event helps the Rotary Club provide clean drinking water to developing countries.

“We’ll have wine, beer and food tasting,” McClellan said. “We’ll also have the Northeastern State University Jazz Ensemble out there, so people will be able to enjoy their music in the background. We’re also in one of the most beautiful places in Muskogee — the Papilion and the Georgia-Pacific Butterfly Garden.”

Party in the Park is scheduled for 1:30 to 6:30 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Patrons will receive a souvenir wine glass with the ticket. Local wineries and breweries as well as local restaurants will be featured.

Tickets are available online at www.muskogeerotary.org or at Armstrong Bank, American Bank of Oklahoma and Citizens Security Bank.

McClellan said patrons would be able to see how the Sawyer PointOne Filter provides clean drinking water.

“People will be able to see how they can put filthy water in the filter and it comes out drinkable,” she said. “It removes 99.999 percent of bacteria that causes cholera, typhoid and other diseases.”

McClellan also said Muskogee and area residents would be hard pressed to find more fun for the money.

“We’re expecting a beautiful day,” McClellan said. “People will be able to see the tulips in bloom at the Papilion. The Muskogee Art Guild will be there with art on display and for sale. You get all of that for just $15 or $20. How many people can say they can have that kind of an afternoon and still be supporting a project in another country?”

Every $50 raised at Party in the Park will purchase one filter to provide an entire family with safe, clean water, according to a media release from the Rotary Club. Muskogee Rotarians also have traveled to Nicaragua to work with Masaya Rotary members, including the Minister of Health and a physician, to manage the project.

The PointOne Filter can produce a gallon of safe water in 10 minutes. It can be reused to provide up to 1 million gallons of water.

McClellan said the project is one of many done by the Rotary Club, and the majority of its other projects benefit local people.

“The Rotary’s mission is service above self,” she said. “We want to help promote Oklahoma wineries and breweries as well as local restaurants and food vendors. This will be in a beautiful setting and will be a lot of fun. Plus, Art under the Oaks is going on too, just up the road, and this will be a great opportunity to visit both events at the same time. There’s a lot to do this Saturday, and it’s a great way to show off our city.”

Reach Travis Sloat at (918) 684-2908 or tsloat@muskogeephoenix.com.

If you go

WHAT: Party in the Park.

WHEN: 1:30 to 6:30 p.m. Saturday.

WHERE: Honor Heights Park Papilion and Georgia-Pacific Butterfly Garden.

COST: $15 in advance online at www.muskogeerotary.org, Armstrong Bank, American Bank of Oklahoma and Citizens Security Bank; $20 at the door.

INFORMATION: Andrea Chancellor, (918) 683-7738.

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