When Rotarian Paul Schissler of Chelsea takes on a service project, he takes it on in a big way. As a member of the Chelsea Rotary Club, he thought it would be a great idea to help fellow Rotarian Fr. Joseph Rinaldo, SdC., by obtaining a golf cart to help him get around St. Louis Center’s sprawling campus five miles west of Chelsea in Sylvan Twp. What made this project unique however, was that he thought it would be fun to involve the other service clubs in the community to combine their forces for good. That made this a shared project between the Rotary Club, Knights of Columbus, Lions Club, and Kiwanis Club.
To complete the project, Schissler negotiated the price of a surplus golf cart at Reddeman Farms, and then added modifications to it. According to Schissler, these included, “a rear seat kit, heavy duty rear suspension kit, and a folding windshield kit.” He performed all of the conversion work himself, and each organization kicked in 25% of the $1264 project. The logos for each of the clubs were added for their contributions, and the golf cart was formally presented to St. Louis Center on Thursday, October 8, 2015.
St. Louis Center is a residential care home for children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and has been run by the Servants of Charity congregation of the Catholic Church since 1960. For more information, visit the website at www.stlouiscenter.org, or call 734-475-8430.