One Rake

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If you have never gotten out and helped out with one of the One Rake at a Time projects to hand rake the bay, I strongly suggest that you do. What a blast! What great exercise! I felt so invigorated after a morning of raking. It is not difficult. If you like water aerobics, then you will love this. Just being in the water and the sun and having pleasant conversations with new people–how can anyone have a better morning? And it is a task that benefits all of our community–Just think of this–there used to be numerous cases of swimmers’ itch–but it has been on the decline ever since Art Jones started One Rake at a Time, and this year there wasn’t even one case! What a great gift Art Jones has given to our community. Thanks Art Jones for all you do for our community–we are all so lucky you decided to settle in Crystal River.

By Rotarian Sara Bargiel

On Thursday, June 18th the Citrus County YMCA’s Teen Camp EPIC joined the Kings Bay Rotary Club for a One Rake at a Time clean up at Hunter Springs Park. The Y’s Teen Camp EPIC, which stands for encouraging people to impact the community, brought over 40 teens to participate in the community service project. Teens involved in camp EPIC are required to participate in at least four community service projects throughout the course of the summer, as well as complete a subjective assessment in regards to what they learned about the organization they serve, and how the organization’s mission relates to the mission of the YMCA, which is to put Christian principles into practice through programs that build spirit mind and body for all. Participating in Community service projects helps build an understanding in the teens about how much they take for granted, and that they are able to help their community, environment and peers by giving their time and effort to projects such as One Rake at a Time.

Rotarians who oversaw and participated in the project included Past President Art Jones, President Mike Croutch, YMCA Senior Program Director Sara Bargiel, Anthony Tamposi and David Littlejohn. The clean-up went from 9:00am until noon, and ended with a BBQ lunch provided by the YMCA. Teens seemed to really enjoy the cleanup and learning about what lyngbya is and what it does to our water ways. They also seemed very interested in coming back and participating again.

The next clean up partnership with the Citrus County Y’s Teen Camp EPIC will take place on July 2, 2015 at Hunter Springs Park beginning at 9:30am. All are encouraged to come out to help, enjoy lunch and get to know the teens from the Y. By Rotarian Sara Bargiel