Submitted by the Lewiston/NOTL Rotary
They said it couldn't be done!
The well-coordinated multinational plan for Rotary Clubs in multiple districts from all over the Great Lakes Watershed from Lake Superior to the Saint Lawrence River to clean up the area as part of the Great Lakes Watershed Cleanup on April 24 was beset by ever-changing challenges. Border closings, delays on COVID vaccinations, surging infections and ever-changing restrictions on the scope and size of gatherings all made the skeptics say that this little binational club could not make a difference.
The small but mighty Lewiston/NOTL Club mobilized those who were not in lockdown and they did it!
The club hauled almost 100 pounds of rubbish out of the U.S. side of the Lower Niagara River, aided by New York State Parks employees who were delighted to help us haul it to the dump. Some of "choice" items were "unmentionable" clothing items, shotgun shells, dead (non-human) things, kites, shoes, diapers and large cast-iron pipes and grates.
This little Rotary Club can't do everything, but it does what it can with what they have.
Pictured, from left: Lewiston/NOTL Rotary Club Secretary Tommy Gerbasi and President-elect Leslie Sibilia. (Images courtesy of the Lewiston-NOTL Rotary Club)