Following the success of Mesquite Rotary’s Buddy Benches at Beaver Dam Elementary back in Oct. 2018, Virgin Valley Elementary School in December 2018 and Mexico in 2019, the Rotary Club of Mesquite decided to extend the program to The City of Mesquite Athletics & Leisure Services Department. On Friday, Dec. 20, at 10a.m., a new bench will be dedicated at Pulsipher Park, 290 W. First South.

The idea of Buddy Benches is not new.  The concept originated in England and is spreading across the country in schools and communities.  Rotary’s newest bench will be located at Pulsipher Park along the trail system; the bench is designed to help foster friendship among the community that uses the trails system for running, biking, walking or any leisure activity.

When upgrades to Pulsipher Park began, Rotary contacted Nick Montoya about the possibility of placing a bench in the park.  “Nick was very receptive to the idea,” noted Rotary Club president Rick Tuttle.  “As a community service program our hope is to assist the city with future beautification needs along its trail system and elsewhere. Benches help build interaction with the community and park users as a place to stop and visit.  This is our way of giving back to our community, especially at this giving time of year, he added.”

Because the benches were such a hit at Beaver Dam, Mesquite Rotary partnered with Sunrise Rotary and Moapa Valley Rotary to fund and donate benches to J.L. Bowler Elementary School, Grant Bowler Elementary School and Ute V Perkins Elementary School. Virgin Valley Elementary has been the recipient of two benches for its playground. Former Rotary District 5300 Governor John Chase was so impressed with this project he chose the Buddy Bench idea for his international project to reflect the rotary ideal of community outreach; in January of this year one was taken to Mexico.

The City of Mesquite is working with the rotary to get a few more of these benches along the trail system and make it an area to meet new friends or meet up with old friends within the community.  The Rotary Club of Mesquite and other rotary clubs across the Virgin Valley area are always looking for people to serve and help give back to the community. Individuals interested in an avenue of service can reach out to Rotary AG Keith Buchhalter at (702)-427-6278 for more information on the Rotary Club of Mesquite.

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