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Wharton Rotary: What if we listened to, “It cannot be done?”

The Wharton Rotary Club’s Western Music Gala, the club’s major fund-raising event, is Saturday, Sept. 25.

Let’s do some history.

The Boys and Girls Club

If it were not for the Rotary Club of Wharton, I could not think of how the Wharton Boys & Girls Club could ever have been created. Four of the five persons who originated that project and saw it through were Rotarians.


Today, the Boys and Girls Club is a mainstay of the Wharton community as a place for young people to feel safe, wanted and grow — thanks, in no small part, to Wharton Rotarian generosity and support.

In my mind, the creation and love Rotary has given to the Boys and Girls Club is its proudest moment.

The Santa Fe Trail

Another proud moment is the Santa Fe Trail and the Rotary Centennial Foundation.


That project was conceived by two Rotarians — Randy Michael was one of them — and could not have been carried out without the support of the club.

An entire team was built — a proud moment for all of Wharton. That included: the Lions Club of Wharton; the Pilot Club of Wharton; many individual supporters; the City of Wharton; and the Lower Colorado River Authority through the vision and support of Rosemary Rust, who served on the LCRA board at the time.

The three most motivational words in the English language are: “It cannot be done.” (Four words?)


Often with these things there is no master plan, blueprint, piece of paper, or otherwise.

It’s just with the support of institutions and lots of other folks who could envision the impossible to become possible.

Crews recently replace the old pea gravel surrounding the Wharton Rotary Centennial Fountain with orange/brown color of concrete. The fountain is located on Wharton’s Santa Fe Trail.

Which brings us to another point about Rotary. This regards, also: “It cannot be done.”

Legends of Western Music Gala

The creation of the Legends of Western Music Gala was outlandish. A couple of Rotarians; however, determined that outlandish things could be done.

I recall Doc Blakely and Dwight King, and others that I am sure also should be named. It built from there. And here we are XXIX later.

There would have been no Boys and Girls Club. No Santa Fe Trail and Rotary Centennial Fountian without the Wharton Rotary Club.

A team was built all through Wharton to  something bigger than all of us put together. The future can be better with you and you and you, all of you.

Let’s not take. Let’s make.

“Players win games, but teams win championships.”

For more information about the Legends of Western Music Gala, visit the link below.

Wharton Rotary Club Presents 29th Annual “Legends Of Western Music” Gala

Ronald K. Sandershttps://www.whartonchamber.com
As a former managing editor (and talented drummer!), Ron's beat is promoting commerce and building relationships within Wharton. He currently serves as the Executive Director of the Wharton Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture.

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