Posted by Bill Boyd on Jan 21, 2018
Pledge to Plant: 1.2 Million Tree Challenge
by Community Service Director Bill Boyd
 
RI President Ian Riseley has challenged all 1.2 million Rotarians to plant a tree before Earth Day, April 22, 2018.  This is a big opportunity to make a difference in the world in what seems to be a small way, but if we individually accept the challenge we can help to make it happen.  Your Club Board has asked me, the club’s Community Service Director, to help our members respond to President Riseley’s challenge.
 
Each member is encouraged to accept this challenge and plant one or more trees in their neighborhood or to help facilitate tree planting in their community or other parts of the world, like the rain forests or our national forests.  Be sure to take a picture and upload it here.
 
Here are some easy ways to help you take on this challenge:
  1. In the United States, the Arbor Day Foundation https://arborday.org/content.aspx?page+memberships  provides a number of ways to help make this happen by simply becoming a member of the Foundation for as little as $10 US.  With this small contribution they will give you one of the following three ways to help plant trees:   a.) You can choose 10 trees that grow well where you live, and they will send them to you to plant in your yard or anywhere else in your community.  b.) With your contribution, they will plant 10 trees in a threatened rain forest somewhere in the world.  c.)  With your contribution, they will plant 10 trees in one of the National Forests in the United States.
     
  2. Go to a local nursery in your community and with their help and guidance, purchase a tree acceptable to the area where you live and plant it on your property.  If you choose to plant it at another location, please secure the permission of the property owner or appropriate government, if it is on public land.
     
  3. If you choose to plant one or more trees, please accept the responsibility to regularly water the tree and help it to grow and thrive.  Don’t let this stop you from accepting our President’s challenge.
To our members in other countries, I encourage you to find a way to take on this challenge in your local community.
 
Once you have planted your tree(s), please let us know by filling our our club’s Volunteer Service Area form:  http://oneworldrotary.org/Page/member-service-reporting
 
You can also share your tree planting story on Rotary International’s : "Pledge to Plant” website:  https://storify.com/OfficialRotary/pledge-to-plant
 
In Rotary Service,
Bill Boyd, Community Service Director