Club Executives & Directors
Serving Monroe, Sultan and the Sky Valley Region
By Matthew Gunnarson, student writer
One of Monroe’s oldest legacies got new life Saturday, July 26th.
More than 100 years ago, George Wagner moved to Monroe from Pennsylvania and was a major contributor to the local logging industry. After his death in 1931 his wealth was split between his two children. Then in 1937 one of his children, Frank, decided to honor his father and give to his community by constructing the state-of-the-art Wagner Memorial Auditorium.
Even after almost 80 years the auditorium remains the largest in the valley with 640 seats. Over the years it has hosted many different performances and events, everything from plays and concerts to church services and non-profit meetings. When it was a part of the high school it was even a study hall, with a library where the stage is.
After all these years the Monroe Arts Council aims to restore the auditorium to its former glory.
This weekend, led by the Monroe Arts Council, volunteers from the Rotary club, Lions club, Monroe Concert Band, and of course the council itself, came together to make several improvements. The biggest of these was removing an orchestra pit cap so that the orchestra pit can once again be used.
The aim is to have the theater ready for a performance of “Hello Dolly” which the Sky Performing arts are putting on the last two weekends of September.
The improvements done over the weekend are only some of the many which the Arts Council hopes to complete. Other projects include renovating the bathrooms, building an enclosed sound room, and replacing the seats. They are always looking for an array of volunteers to help. If you wish to help you may contact them on their Facebook page or on their website monroeartscouncil.org.
Greg Starup and Eric Flickinger work on removing the pit cap in the Wagner Auditorium Saturday. The orchestra pit has been covered for over 20 years. A new, removable, pit cap will be made to give more versatility to the theater.
Photo by Matthew Gunnarson
6th Annual National Night Out Against Crime at Lake Tye Park in Monroe
National Night Out is a gathering of communities all across the nation that bring citizens, businesses, churches, law enforcement – everyone in the community - together for a fun and relaxing evening. In Monroe it has traditionally been held at Lake Tye Park in early August. Police, Fire and over 40 vendor booths address all forms of crime prevention . Free hot dogs, pizza and water are provided as well as fun events for all, including bouncy houses and face painting for the kids, fire and police demonstrations, and K-9.
National Night Out is designed to:
- Heighten crime and drug prevention awareness;
- Generate support for, and participation in, local anti-crime programs;
- Strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships; and
- Send a message to criminals letting them know that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.
The Rotary Club of Monroe is proud to partner with the City of Monroe and local police and fire departments to host the annual National Night Out event locally. Organizing and supporting the annual National Night Out Against Crime has become a tradition at our club. We have formed a solid partnership with the MPD and have embraced this program as a key component of the success our Rotary club’s contributions to the community.
2500-3000 citizens join us each year…a real highlight in Rotary’s quest to give back to the community!
For information regarding this event or for an application for a community booth, please contact Sally Petty at email@example.com. Booth application deadline is July 22 nd, 2014.