2017-18 President of Rotary International, Ian Riseley, has asked Rotary clubs to show their commitment to addressing climate change by planting a tree for every member.
This spring, District 7910’s clubs will plant at least 1500 trees – one for every Rotarian in our district. Tree planting is a great way to combat global warming,g/Stories/clubs-order-your-trees-from-the-district-make-a-difference-plant-a-tree beautify our communities, and generate positive publicity our clubs.
District 7910 will support clubs by purchasing trees in bulk at a discount. These trees may be reserved by your club, in groups of 25 trees, for $50 per 25 trees. Each seedling tree will be potted, so the trees can easily be distributed to Rotarians, students, and partner agencies. Your club may choose to apply a Rotary sticker to the tree’s pot for some projects.
The trees will be available in time for Arbor day, Fri., April 27, and at the District Assembly which is Sat., Apr. 28. The district will order 1500 trees, and reservations for these trees are on a first come, first served basis beginning February 1. The tree choices are Green Giant Arborvitae, Chestnut Oak, and Japanese Maple. Trees can be purchased on the District 7910’s web site, under the event tab “Arbor Day Tree Planting”.
Planning your Tree Planting Event:
This is a great time to partner with youth and school organizations. Examples of programs to plant your club’s trees include:
  • Adopt a class in your local school, and give a tree to each child to plant.
  • Interact club distributes and plants the trees.
  • Engage a boy- or girl- scout troop to use the trees in an environmental project.
  • Identify a park or conservation area in which to plant the trees, and Rotarians manage a tree planting event.
  • Partner with Habitat for Humanity.
Attached is a service event planning form for your use. Clubs are not required to purchase trees from the District 7910 – the district is subsidizing this bulk purchase as a service and cost savings for our clubs. All clubs are strongly encouraged to arrange to plant one tree from each member of the club this year somewhere worldwide, as requested by Rotary International President Ian Riseley.
If you have any questions or for more information, email or call Lynn Faust at (508) 736-5229, faustburger@gmail.com.
Green Giant Arborvitae, 4-8” potted plant:
Deer-resistant, fast growing evergreen. Good as specimen or hedge plant. May be pruned.
Oak Chestnut, 6-8” potted plant:
Native from southern Maine to South Carolina. Great food for wildlife. Eventual size to 60 feet.
Japanese Red Maple, 6-8” potted plant:
Slow growing ornamental tree. Color may fade in summer heat. Eventual size 15-25 feet.