Yankton Rotary Club Holds Century Gala

Yankton Rotary Club Holds Century Gala

The Rotary Club celebrated 100 years in Yankton on Tuesday evening at The Landing.

An awards banquet honored several members, and reminisced about what has transpired in Yankton over that time.

Club president, Rich Burns, says that Rotarians have accomplished a lot in Yankton over the years…

On September 27th of 1921, the Yankton Rotary Club’s charter was issued by Sioux City. The Meridian Bridge did not exist, yet, and gasoline cost 21 cents per gallon. World War One had just recently concluded, and there were widespread efforts to contain a pandemic.

The keynote speaker was former Lt. Gov. Matt Michaels, who took everyone back in his time machine to get a good look at Yankton a century ago.

COVID-19 has made a major impact on the number of members to their service club, but is confident that this gala was the start of their resurgence.