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Alton-Godfrey Rotary Club members work on a window at the Salvation Army Booth House in Alton
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A club member works on an exterior window.
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Parts of old windows in a trash receptacle.
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Club members work on an interior window.
ALTON — While Commissioner Gordon had his Batphone to contact Gotham City’s caped protector, Salvation Army Booth House Director Herman Allen is happy Jim White and the Alton-Godfrey Rotary Club are at the other end of his phone.
This weekend a team of Rotary “Super Heroes” converged on the Booth House and replaced 5 of 7 dilapidated and drafty windows. With an eye to the forecast, it was just in the nick of time.
“Mr. Allen reached out to me and shared that the utility bills have just been eating them alive and that the men’s bedrooms were very drafty,” Rotary Club Booth House Project Chairman Jim White said. “After meeting with my guys, we decided that window replacement was possible and could really make a difference.”
While the project was the most recent taken on by the club at the Booth House, over the last couple of years the club has helped solve water issues with new downspouts and drainage tile and landscaping to ensure water flows away from the building and not toward the foundation.
“The Rotary Club has been our ‘911’ for the Booth House and has easily helped us save over $5,000 (that we didn’t have) in repairs and improvements,” Allen said.
The Salvation Army-Alton Corps operates temporary shelters for men and women at their Booth Houses, but the men’s shelter is the only one in Madison County and is a vital link in allowing men to get their lives in order and get back to being productive members of the community.
“It would not be possible for us to have the kind of impact in our community that we have had without the relationship that we have with Rotary,” Alton Corps Officer Lt. Bryan Ellison said. “They are just an amazing group and we can’t thank them enough for their interest and loyalty in the Booth House.”
The Rotary volunteers that helped with the window project were Jim White, Jim Green, Tim Hinrichs, Bill Moyer, Mitch Cannell, Bret Mayberry and Ron Mayhew. In addition to this project, the club has been responsible for projects throughout Greater Alton, including the Lincoln-Douglas Christmas tree, the State House Circle Centennial Fountain, the pavilion at Haskell Park, the Ray Botterbush Memorial Lodge at the Boy Scout camp, the riverboat mural, community garden greenhouse, All God’s Children Need Shoes, coats for Head Start children, and bell-ringing for the Salvation Army for more than 50 years. The club also sponsors the Rotary Student of the Month Scholarship Program.
For information about the Alton-Godfrey Rotary Club, contact club membership chairman Chris Ray at (618) 254-2637 or Arthur Fahrner at (618) 467-1111. For information about volunteer opportunities at the Salvation Army-Alton Corps or the Booth House, call their offices at (618) 465-7764.