To welcome the 2020 holidays, cuz this year the holidays just cannot get here soon enough, Rotary Club of Monterey Pacific spent the Saturday after Thanksgiving decorating pine trees in Pacific Grove’s George Washington Park. We provided holiday colors for human visitors, nutritious and delicious treats for the park’s native inhabitants, and the chance to meet as a club in person.

Why did we choose to decorate these particular trees?

Back on October 7, 2017, Rotary Club of Monterey Pacific club members, family, Rotaractors from CSU Monterey Bay, Interactors from Pacific Grove High School and a Rotary scholar from Japan (a total of 19) completed what was scheduled to be a 4-hour project in 90 minutes. We dug the holes, planted 30 locally-grown Monterey Pine saplings, and skirted the trees in To welcome the 2020 holidays, cuz this year the holidays can’t get here soon enough, Rotary Club of Monterey Pacific spent the Saturday after Thanksgiving decorating pine trees in Pacific Grove’s George Washington Park. City Arborist Al Weisfuss was impressed by our hard work and camaraderie and even asked if he could have one of our club project tee shirts! It was a great day to make a difference in our community, for our environment, and our world!

We returned to the park to find most of our trees thriving, though two were locked in a fierce battle for the Charlie Brown Christmas Tree award. We hung strings of popcorn and cranberries, pine cones covered in peanut butter and seeds, birdseed ornaments, and sunflower seeds. Although we weren’t joined by Rotaractors or Interactors, we were joined by an energetic little girl and her mother, and this girl helped us complete at least 10 trees, and her mother was impressed that Rotary was decorating the park just to contribute to the local community and environment.

Club members in attendance included Charlie and Diane Camba Jackman, Ann and Dennis Appel, Mary Nina Hill, Belinda Dagio,  Jasmine Negrete, and the esteemed Mr. Jim Bennet.