Taylor Rotary praised for donation of new ATV to Fire Department

The Rotary Club of Taylor was praised during the April 17 Taylor City Council meeting for donating a new all-terrain vehicle to the Fire Department for emergency uses. The city's elected officials presented Rotarians with a proclamation and a certificate of appreciation. The text of the proclamation follows:


In appreciation to the Rotary Club of Taylor for donating
an all-terrain vehicle to the Taylor Fire Department

WHEREAS, Rotary International is the oldest service organization in the world, providing humanitarian service, encouraging high ethical standards and building goodwill and peace since 1905, and currently has 1.2 million members in more than 200 countries and geographical areas worldwide; and

WHEREAS, the Rotary Club of Taylor was chartered in 1945, and, in its 62nd year, is currently Michigan’s fastest growing Rotary Club; and

WHEREAS, Taylor Rotarians make a difference in the City of Taylor daily, sponsoring the annual Fishing Derby during the Taylor Summer Festival and the annual Turn Off the Violence family event, both at Heritage Park, Rotary Park, Shoes for Kids program at Christmas, scholarships for graduating Taylor high school seniors and many other positive events and activities; and

WHEREAS, the Taylor Rotary has a long and close relationship with the Taylor Fire Department, perhaps most notable by the Rotarians’ 1992 donation of the Fire Safety House to teach children about fire safety at Fire Station No. 2; and

WHEREAS, during the crowded 2006 Summer Festival, Taylor firefighters were involved in a lifesaving venture of a young boy who nearly drowned in a private neighborhood swimming pool near Heritage Park; while a golf cart-type vehicle typically used in rescues was not working, fortunately, Fire Department Paramedic Joe Nelson volunteered his personal all-terrain vehicle for use during the festival and the ATV was instrumental in saving the life of the young boy; and

WHEREAS, once Rotary Club members learned of the Fire Department’s need for its own dependable ATV, Rotarian Jim Nadeau – on behalf of President Jan Szabla, President-Elect Phil Matous and other Rotarians – met with Fire Chief Vincent Fedel to learn the specifications of the vehicle, Rotarian Dave Hamilton coordinated two raffles of his courtside seats for Detroit Pistons games and the Rotary raised about $11,000 to purchase the ATV; and the new six-wheel vehicle was obtained.

NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that on April 17, 2007, I, Cameron G. Priebe, Mayor of the City of Taylor, on behalf of all city officials, the Taylor Fire Department and all Taylor residents, officially accept the donation of a 2007 Polaris All-Terrain Vehicle from the Rotary Club of Taylor; we thank the Taylor Rotarians for their thoughtful and generous donation and we praise them for outstanding efforts throughout the year.

Cameron G. Priebe, Mayor

City of Taylor officials show their appreciation to members of the Rotary Club of Taylor. Fire Chief Vincent Fedel (left) and Mayor Cameron G. Priebe (right) present a proclamation and certificate of appreciation to Rotarians Phil Matous, Dave Hamilton, Chip Pepiton, Armando Sardanopoli and Tim Kaul.


Taylor Fire Chief Vincent Fedel (third from left) accepts a new ATV from Taylor Rotarians Dave Hamilton (left), Jan Szabla and Jim Nadeau. Szabla is club president. Hamilton donated his own Detroit Pistons courtside seats for two fund-raising raffles he organized and Nadeau was the liaison between the club and the Fire Department.