The Neepawa Rotary Club has been working to improve their public image in the community. Some signage in the community and some Rotary structures were an eyesore. Motivated by the Public Image Newsletters, the club decided that now was the time to start.
Residents of Neepawa walking around Park Lake may have seen Rotarians staining the three viewing platforms as well as a few of the benches. They may have noticed some new signage as well. These improvements are part of a multi year project to refurbish and/or replace existing Rotary signage and structures. 
The project had been in the works for a while but it received a boost when the Neepawa Rotary Club was recently awarded a $300 prize in a District video contest. The money was tagged for improving Rotary’s local public image. 

Two large signs have been replaced, one on highway 5 South and one at Rotary Park. Three viewing platforms and two benches, around the former Park Lake received a new coat of stain and new signage. In addition, brush was cleared around the platforms to give viewers a better view of the former lake. 

Park Lake is a man made lake created over 120 years ago by erecting a dam with a spillway. On Canada Day, 2020 after 2 days of heavy rainfall, the dam burst and drained the lake. In spite of a lake that has gone missing and fewer reasons to use the platforms, Rotary felt that in order to keep the structures sound they needed a protective coat of stain. 

Rotary president, Wayne Jacobsen, spoke about the involvement of local businesses. “Local businesses support Rotary and Rotary likes to support local businesses. The signs were purchased from Provost signs. They look great and should last a lot of years. The project became very affordable when Home Hardware donated 7 gallons of stain. All we had to do was supply the manpower.”

Rotary has also placed signage on three tiny libraries scattered around the community. 

Club members enjoyed working together on a project after being isolated for such a long time due to COVID 19. A feeling of satisfaction on a job well done goes a long way to improving the health of our club. 

Next year the Neepawa club plans to stain two large sign structures as well as the shelter at Rotary Park as phase two of this project.