One of the people working in the Wellston Community Garden is Kim Ridge Burroughs. She was a long-time teacher in the Vinton County Local Schools.
One of the people working in the Wellston Community Garden is Kim Ridge Burroughs. She was a long-time teacher in the Vinton County Local Schools.

The Wellston Rotary Club had its Peace Pole dedication ceremony and Community Garden work session Saturday, May 1 at 12 East Second St. in the Pride Park area.

Club President Tim Jackson and President-Elect Tim Jones welcomed Rotary District 6690 Governor Steve Heiser, District Governor-elect Maryjane Shackelford, District Advisor Craig Klein, along with a host of others to the event.

Klein explained the importance of Peace Poles and how they came to be international religious symbols. 

Contacts were made with members of the Melbourne, Australia Rotary Club as they were setting 100 poles to note 100 years of Rotary in Australia. Two officials from the “Land Down Under” were watching the event via Zoom.

“A Peace Pole is an international symbol located in countries around the world, which also symbolizes the Prince of Peace (Jesus Christ),” said Klein. “The messages on it are written in four languages: English, French, Spanish and Chinese to show their worldwide appeal.”

There was also an official promotion read by City of Wellston Administrative Assistant Mindy Eisnaugle on behalf of Mayor Charlie Hudson. The proclamation declares Saturday, May 1, 2021, as being Community Garden Day in Wellston.

The proclamation read, “The Wellston Rotary Club is a cornerstone group in the City of Wellston. The club has adopted the Wellston Community Garden as a project worthy of maintaining for the good of the community.” It adds this project reflects a Service-Above-Self concept and represents what a civic group can do when members work together.

The garden was planted to be a positive factor in the downtown area. President Jackson hopes this event will not be a one-and-done. He hopes people can come and be inspired to make the garden a local attraction and a place where families can gather in peace.