“It is my hope that the result of that effort will be far greater than the environmental benefit that those 1.2 million new trees will bring,” stated Riseley. “I believe the greater result will be a Rotary that recognizes its responsibility not only to the people on our planet, but to the planet itself.”
The Rotary Mid-Isle teamed up with Little League’s Player Development, because “We wanted to plant trees where they would be appreciated and taken care of, and where we could keep an eye on them ourselves”, stated the club’s Secretary Mrs. Denise Antrobus. Rotary Mid-Isle has a long-time involvement with Player Development. They plan to visit Player Development at least once a month, and as such this would be an ideal location.
A total of 11 Rotarians, two partners in service, 1 prospective Rotarian, Coach Tom Burnett and some of his players from Player Development were involved in the planting of the trees. The children helped by filling holes, watering all the trees and by placing stone borders around the smallest trees to protect them from being damaged. Of course, the children are looking forward to the coconuts, because these will provide them with coconut milk and a yummy treat to eat. They will acquire, however, a lot of patience and in time they will earn the coconut produce.