The Power 0f Rotary Partnerships – Wonderland Camp, A Camp for People with Special Needs

Mary Ann Beahon Announcements, Community Service

The Warrensburg Noon Rotary Club and the Warrensburg Early Birds Rotary Club joined together as part of a 19 Rotary Club effort, with private donors and The Rotary Foundation, to form a Powerful Partnership to bring the Rotary Accessible Playground to Wonderland Camp.  Wonderland Camp is situated at The Lake of Ozarks and serves people from throughout the State, including Johnson County.

This Partnership provided funding to establish:  the Tree Top Bridge, Merry Go Round, Climbing Wall, Wobbly Bridge, Musical Interactive Music Stand, Tree Climb, and Chamberlain’s Giant Swing.  Serving as the lead Rotary Club and recognizing their level of giving, the “Rotary Club of Warrensburg Climbing Wall” was so named.

The Dedication activities, May 7th at Wonderland Camp, included a Work Day at Camp.  150 people including 100 Rotarians, planted flowers and trees, spread mulch around the new playground equipment, and witnessed a ribbon cutting ceremony at one of the playground’s new elements, Chamberlain’s Giant Swing.  Chamberlain’s Giant Swing is so named to recognize a special needs child, Chamberlain of Warrensburg, Missouri.

Dedication remarks were heard from the president of Wonderland Camp Foundation Board, the past president of the Foundation Board, Rotary District Governor David Bixler, and Rotary Past District Governor and Chairman of the Project Jerry W. Franklin.  All commented on the collaborative efforts and partnerships that came together to make the Rotary Accessible Playground a reality.

Franklin was quoted as saying “Special needs people can now enjoy additional playful and fun activities at Camp, that, but for the Power of this Rotary partnership, would not otherwise be possible”.