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Interact students and leaders helping serve at the Mobster with Lobster event included, from left, Riley Owens, Jerzee Milner, Halle Fiedler, Eric Exum, Brooklyn Christensen, Valerie Herbert, Sophie Spady and Angie Swanson. Swanson and Exum sponsor the student club. (Courtesy photo)

Mobsters with Lobster Rotary event brings in new year, decade

A New Year’s Eve Mobsters with Lobsters Rotary event brought 120 people together to bring in the 2020s.
A 1920s theme was carried out in decorations and attire at the St. Patrick Parish Hall where lobster tail and beef medallion were on the menu.
Among the activities were a casino room and an auction of four live lobsters, donated by Brad and Jill Moline. Doug Wilson auctioneered as the lobsters were bought and sold again multiple times, bringing in more then $2,000 toward the total profits.
Michal Swanson shared how the Imperial Rotary Club has grown in membership, bringing new ideas and continuing with the Rotary motto, Service Above Self.
A brief video showed pictures from more than 100 years ago when the organization began for professionals with diverse backgrounds to meet, form friendships and serve the community. The original membership of four businessmen has grown to 1.2 million members across the world.
The video showed children being given the polio vaccine in other countries. Eradicating polio has been a life-saving multi-decade project. In 1952, there were 58,000 cases of polio. Rotary International started an emphasis of Polio Plus in 1979 and there are currently less than 20 reported cases across the world.
Interact students helped serve at the event. Twenty-seven local students have signed up for the Interact club, an extension of Rotary for high school students. Angie Swanson and Eric Exum are their leaders.

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