Posted by Don Gladhart, Past President St. Joseph & District Governor Nominee
The four St Joseph area Rotary Clubs hosted RI President Ian Riseley on May 30. He attended a tree planting ceremony at the new Convention and Visitor’s Bureau in downtown St. Joseph. President Ian participated in a press conference, a ceremonial tree planting, received a Key to the City, received proclamations from the Mayor and the State Legislature and gave a short presentation to those gathered. 
Following these activities, the group moved to the Pony Express Museum. 135 Rotarians and guests enjoyed lunch. After lunch, President Riseley who has a keen sense of humor, spoke again. That was followed by several members from each Club who received Paul Harris Fellows pins. Next, President Ian was given a special tour of the Pony Express Museum, which he appeared to thoroughly enjoy.Last year, The St Joseph East Club, received a District Matching Grant to build a new exhibit in the Museum. The last event of the day was a tour to inspect the 200+ trees the Clubs planted throughout the City.  This special day, all started with a table conversation at PETS in 2017, after then President-Elect Riseley announced he had a goal of planting a tree for every Rotarian in the world during his Presidency. He indicated during his remarks, that the goal of 1.2 million trees planted throughout the world has been passed.  The planning committee made up of members from all four Clubs and working together as “ROTARY” did a great job of making this a very memorable day in St Joseph Rotary