Monticello Rotary members help handle Riverfest parade logistics

The Monticello Rotary Club plays a key role each year prior to the start of the big Riverfest parade.

Early on Sunday morning, members of the community service organization set out numbered signs that indicate the designated parade unit parking order, and later,

Rotarians assist parade participants, helping them find their parking locations. When the parade does finally get rolling, Monticello Rotary Club members monitor the orderly send-off of units from their assigned locations.

Rotarian Mark Klaverkamp, Riverfest parade committee chairman, reported there were more than 90 units registered for the parade the last week in June.

“The Monticello Chamber of Commerce & Industry does the recruiting of parade participants, which is the most vital area,” Klaverkamp said. “The Monticello Rotary Club helps participants line up. We also direct traffic and provide assisting if anyone has questions.”

Klaverkamp said he has fun being involved in a community event where most everyone who is attending exhibits a festive mood. Klaverkamp has four years of experience working with the Riverfest parade.

“Many of Rotary’s community involvements are assisting monetarily in projects or the assisting at events for specific groups,” Klaverkamp said. “This is an opportunity to help on a project that any one can attend and participate in. Being a Monticello Rotary Club member allows me that chance to be involved.”

The theme of Monticello Rotary Club is “Service Above Self.” To act out these words, the Monticello Rotary Club is involved with numerous volunteer projects around Monticello.

One of the biggest annual things Rotary is involved with (on a national level) is the study abroad program, as they aid in bringing foreign exchange students to local high schools and sending local students to international schools. One of Rotary’s biggest projects is the Taste of the Towns.

This event brings community members together for fellowship, food and fun at a local event for adults presented as an elegant culinary experience for the enjoyment of food and beverage sampling. The fifth Taste of the Towns is scheduled for Thursday, Sept.11. The club celebrates its 60th anniversary in 2015.

The Monticello Rotary Club meets Monday’s at 12:05 p.m. at the Best Western Chelesa Inn & Suites in Monticello.

For more information about the club, or go learn how you can become a member, visit or the club’s social media page on Facebook at

Contact Tim Hennagir at [email protected]