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Past Rotary President gives thanks

Sunday, May 15, 2011

For the past 75 years, the Rotary of Brazil's annual 4th of July Celebration has grown to reach a point where it is a deeply rooted part of this community's history and traditions. We are pleased to bring the celebration of our nation's freedom to all who choose to share in it.

As planning is underway for the 76th celebration right now, I look back on the 2010 event with joy and wish to thank those who helped make Rotary of Brazil's 75th diamond anniversary so special.

With just 40 men and women in the club for 2010, the Rotary of Brazil redoubled its efforts and toiled hundreds of hours of volunteered time in Forest Park last summer. Though days had unrelenting record heat and some rain, Rotary of Brazil was blessed with perfect weather for the 4th of July Fireworks -- Rotary's first rain-free patriotic fireworks display in several years to actually occur on the 4th of July!

The club strives to do its best to provide better services each year. Our celebration in 2011 will have a brand new carnival company and we wish to reduce costs and increase fun for all by changes that will bring. Watch The Brazil Times because Rotary will announce more details soon.

Thank you first has to go to all the Rotarians who give up their 4th of July each year to work in the park and make sure the celebration tradition continues. This is indeed a service club that has lived up to the "2010 Best Club Spirit Award" presented by the District 6580 Governor during my term as your leader. Thank you for all the hard work.

Brazil Rotary wishes to thank all the sponsors who helped make the 75th annual 4th of July Celebration a success.

Many in the community are unable to give their own time personally, but offer support other ways. These businesses graciously contributed financially to fund our nightly entertainment and so we thank our Gold Sponsors: Clay County Podiatry -- Dr. Miranda Goodale, Emmert GMAC Real Estate, Wetnight RV, Century 21 Hometown Realty, The Brazil Times, and 92.7-FM.

Also, Silver sponsors: Avenue Broadband, First Financial Bank, Allstate Insurance -- Ted Paris, Dr. Alicia Reed-Thomas, Bob Bowen Ford, Cloverleaf Healthcare of Knightsville, Clover Signs, Committee to Re-elect Lee Reberger for Prosecutor, Exceptional Living Center of Brazil, French, Lawson-Miller and Schoppenhorst Funeral Homes and Crematory, Miller and Stewart LLC-CPAs, MorganStanley-SmithBarney, Moore Funeral Home, PDF, IVC Industrial Coatings, Riddell National Bank, State Farm Insurance -- John Howes, Terre Haute Savings Bank, Tony Smiley -- First Security Insurance, Sam's Do-It-Best Hardware, Adamson's Portable Restrooms, Wallace Brothers Inc., and York Chevrolet-Pontiac-Buick.

Also Terre Haute Regional Hospital was a token sponsor.

Without a beautiful location, Forest Park, and the help of the Brazil City administration, Clay Community Schools, local law enforcement and emergency personnel, this event could never happen. We sincerely thank Mayor Ann Bradshaw, the City of Brazil, Brazil City Parks Board, Park Superintendent Bill Houck, Brazil Police Department, Clay County Sheriff's Department and the Sheriff's Possee. Much thanks to CARE+ Ambulance for its donation of round-the-clock emergency medical personnel and services at Forest Park.

Also thanks to the Clay County Search and Rescue for its food booth and safety and radio services and to TransCare Ambulance Co., for their help at the annual Go-Kart races.

Thanks goes to Clay Community Schools and especially Forest Park Elementary for the use of their grounds for the fireworks setup and the Forest Park Golf Course and Pro Mark Rogers for its support and the use of fairways for viewing the amazing fireworks display by Mark Adamson and Aerial Arts Fireworks.

A huge thank you also goes to Northview High School Band and Color Guard, North Clay Middle School Band and Guard, Clay City Jr.-Sr. High, and all the band boosters. The efforts of the YMCA of Clay County and the Firecracker Run, its sponsors, are always a wonderful event with its course traveling through the carnival and Forest Park.

To the historic Brazil Concert Band and conductor Matt Huber, we also remain eternally thankful for the use of their beautiful Bandshell and for the unforgettable concerts they regularly perform in the park.

For our 75th event, we appreciated special contributions of music by the French Family Calliope, the Clay County Historical Society for opening the cabins, and Toys for Tots, for collecting toys with the Christmas In The Park at Santa's House.

The local talent makes each year extra special and the first Gospel/Christian concert series was a great addition, with performances by RideTheWind, 4 Heaven's Sake, P-150, Francie Bond and Ron Bridgewater, plus Lori Fuller-Smith and Sam Glover's vocal talent between acts. Young dancers and their families are also thanked for displaying skill and grace onstage during two nights of local talent, including Moore's Dance Company, Toni's Tumbling and Dance, Cindy's Dance Studio and Tumble Express. Thanks goes to the local non-profit food booth vendors who bring delicious local flavors to our event each year.

We thank all who provided first-rate media coverage, including The Brazil Times and Crossroads Communications Radio, as well as The Clay City News and Tribune-Star. Also, we appreciated special coverage by WTWO-TV2 with live on location reports and weather and news and also WTHI-TV10.

Thanks go to the door prize donors: Angelia's Salon and Spa, Brazilian Lanes, Ceres Solutions, Gallatin Accounting, Lynn's Pharmacy and Soda Shoppe, Mario Brothers, Maurizio's, Nasser's Furniture, New Elegance, Oak Ridge Golf Course, Pappy's Bar-B-Cue, Parke County REMC, Pizza Hut, Rite Way Auto, Shear Image Salon, Shuee and Sons, Great Buys Plus, Sugar and Spice Florist, The Freeze, The Olive Garden, The Outpost, Walnut Theater, Walt Evans Decorators, Yesterday's Treasures and Collectibles and the YMCA of Clay County.

Without support of the community, local entertainment sponsors and prize donors, the Rotary Club's 4th of July Celebration could never be what it is. All those who buy raffle tickets and donate to our event also made it possible for Rotary to continue its 75-year community project.

We thank everyone who comes out to support our event, because you make it possible for Rotary of Brazil to return that support back to our community, with volunteered hours, informative lunch programs, a speech contest, college scholarships, many community project grants and the annual $10,000 grand prize raffle drawing. June 28-July 4 will be the 76th year of the Brazil celebration, so mark your calendar for it and the Annual Father's Day Weekend Go-Kart races too.

Please join us again this year.