Sunday, July 24, 2016

Lake Darling and County Fair

Member Spotlight - Sue Basten

Sue Basten had todays program and gave a little bio. Sue and husband, Tom Basten, have been in Washington for about 10 years. She was born in Gilmore City, and went to the University of Northern Iowa where she met Tom. Sue and Tom moved frequently because of Tom's Iowa DNR position. Sue has been a K-mart store manager, 4-H coordinator, economic development and Main Street coordinator, and banker.

Sue is an executive Vice President at Washington State Bank, and serves (or has served) on several non-profit boards, including the Washington Economic Development Group. Sue was Rotary club president in 2007-08.

Sue Basten

Zach Haworth and Lake Darling State Park

Zach Haworth has been the park ranger at Lake Darling State Park for the past two years. In addition to him and the park manager, there are 5 seasonal workers that help keep the park looking great. 

Zach said that Lake Darling has 80 campground sites, and that the sites with electric service have been full since Memorial Day. Next to the campground are 5 small cabins that are very basic.

The big excitement are the 6 new 2-bedroom cabins that will be ready in just a few weeks. During the summer season, these cabins will be rented with a 5-day minimum. In the off season, the cabins can be rented for 2-days. There is also a new trail that will link the cabins area with the popular day lodge.

Zach noted that fishing at Lake Darling is good, and that the growing fish will be good sized in just a couple more years.

IDNR's Zach Haworth

Washington County Fair

Thanks to John Moenck, Ed Lins, and others for coordinating gate watchers for the Washington County Fair. It is a fun time working with other community members to staff the ticket gates each year. It is a great way to serve the community.

Somehow, only one picture was submitted of Rotarians helping at the County Fair. Jim Mostek was spotted in the bucket of a lift, getting above the motocross races to get the perfect photograph.

Washington County Fair photographer

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