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Rotary writes big check for pool

POLSON — The Polson Rotary Club held a special board meeting July 10 to discuss making the largest single investment in the club’s history in Mission Valley Aquatics. The club has already committed its annual Chili Cook-off proceeds to the Aquatic Center. But the discussion at the board meeting focused on the importance of succeeding in this 40-year effort to build a pool in Polson. “It’s time to show Polson that this community can work together, collaborate and build something of lasting value,” said several board members. Rotary has always supported youth projects. Drowning is a leading cause of death for children under 18 in our area. Having year round access to a facility that promotes health and wellness is exactly the kind of thing we need to have in our area. We are a town built on water. 

In fact, the club has set a stretch goal of giving $100,000 to MVA for the pool. These funds would come from a combination of the Chili Cook-off fundraiser, individual Rotary member contributions and monies from a recent bequest from the Hib Hanson estate. Mr. Hanson, a longtime Rotarian, was a quiet and generous philanthropist in the community. The board members felt he would be pleased to know that part of his bequest was being invested in something that we can all be proud of. 

Hugh Beaver, who has been a key driver in getting the pool out of the ground, is a Rotarian. The club surprised him Tuesday by giving him $50,000 as a show of our solid support of the project. New club president, Ken Siler, presented the check with immediate past president, Rob Turner, who has been a tireless supporter of the pool project, and Jim Oates, Rotary treasurer. 

Polson Rotary urges others to catch the MVA wave and rally to push this project to completion. “When the pool opens, we will feel a great sense of pride that Polson got it done by giving generously and working together,” said Siler.

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