Big Sky Rotary President Laura Seyfang helps stain the newly repaired stairwell. PHOTO COURTESY BIG SKY ROTARY

Stairway to safety and community

Big Sky Rotary helps Morningstar Learning Center

It was a stairway to anxiety, but soon became a stairway to community and thankfulness. When Morningstar Learning Center had a shoddy fire escape, contractor estimates came in around $20,000 – a chunk of change that the nonprofit did not have on hand.

Big Sky Rotary stepped in. “They funded the whole thing, and provided volunteers to do the work. Mel Chrichton and Dan Alger organized. Dan repaired the gate, gate post, loose boards, and Morningstar's fence. Dan and his wife Patty Alger, along with other volunteers, stained the steps,” Morningstar Executive Director Grace Winsell said. “They were the most prompt ‘contractors’ Morningstar has ever had!”

Winsell explained that the Rotary generosity went a long way thanks to some “kind folks” willing to donate their talent, their time and a couple of cans of stain. She credits Rotary President Laura Seyfang for launching the group into action when she heard of the need.

Seyfang explained that the Morningstar project is in line with the volunteer organization’s mission: “Rotary is all about service above self. One of our focus areas is “Community Development.” We felt that helping our local non-profit daycare take care of their facility was a great project for us. We have some handy and dedicated members who love helping others. They were willing to jump in and ended up saving Morningstar many thousands of dollars.”

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