Owosso Rotary Adopt-A-River




 The Friends of the Shiawassee River organization is proud to announce that the Owosso Rotary Club has renewed their $1,000 Adopt-A-River sponsorship.  The Adopt-A-River program offers businesses and non-profit/service organizations the opportunity to help care for specific stretches of the River in collaboration with the Friends.  This Friends/Rotary partnership was celebrated with a photo session with John Oliver, President of Owosso Rotary Club (left), and Nick Tereck, Vice President of the Friends of the Shiawassee River and Rotarian member (right).

“The Owosso Rotary Club is pleased to continue its support of the Friends of the Shiawassee Adopt-A-River program,” said John Oliver, Owosso Rotary Club President.  “This is a great opportunity to give back to the community through helping to improve the quality of the river.”

And although the Adopt-A-River partnership may be a fairly new endeavor for these two organizations, they have been collaborating since 1996.

“In addition to their generous financial gift through the Adopt-A-River program, the Rotarians have also devoted many hours of volunteer service caring for the River,” added Lorraine Austin, the Friends’ Executive Director.  “Their members have been a part of our annual River Cleanup every year since the very first one – specifically targeting the Harmon Patridge section each of those years.”

“The participation of community groups like Rotary makes it possible for the Friends to meet their mission to care for the Shiawassee,” said Friends’ President Tom Cook.  “We appreciate the help from Rotary, other community groups, and our many Friends throughout the watershed.”

Funds generated by the Adopt-A-River program are used by the Friends to support water quality monitoring Stream Teams, their annual River Clean-Up, paddling events, educational outreach, and other Friends’ efforts.  Businesses can become Adopt-A-River sponsors for a commitment of $2,000 a year for two years.  Non-profit/service organizations can become sponsors for $1,000 a year for two years - with a pledge to help maintain their stretch of the River.