Deludes of pouring rain normally brings the “fish out of water,” but not this time. Hurricane Harvey reeked havoc even here in the Portsmouth Area. The 2017 Portsmouth Rotary Club’s annual Fish Fry took place, as they usually do each year, in the unrelenting rain, on Friday.
Though the weather was wet, hundreds of people showed up for the fish fry, and Rotary Club members and others, rotated in and out, lending a helping hand to volunteer for this event throughout the day.
This Fish Fry was very slow, where it would normally bring in around five to six hundred people, according to Mike Williams, retired from Hunter-Williams Insurance in Portsmouth, said that they would be lucky if they saw two hundred this year.
Both Williams and Ralph Wisniewski, also retired, and taught at Shawnee State, and ran Smith Drugs and Shawnee Restaurant at one time, were still out splashing in the rain, frying up the fish and fries. With all that fish to fry, it was a shame more people did not bring themselves out on a dreary day, to warm up and fill up.
Two of the other volunteers, Samantha Comer, who works as a contract analyst at SOMC and Leslie Book, an insurance agent for Berndt and Murfin, were there ready to serve any and everyone who stopped by the Fish Fry, that was setup on the Roy Rogers Esplanade.
The Rotary Club of Portsmouth is an organization of business and professional leaders united to provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and help build goodwill and peace in the world. They do so much for the people of Scioto County.
Among the things they use their money for are: they provide college scholarships for graduates of Scioto County High Schools, they purchase sets of books for classrooms, they also are involved in supporting the SOMC Hospice “Transcending Lives Project.”
The Rotary Club also sponsors the Children’s Summer Reading Program, Quiz Bowl, SCOESC programs, and Project Impact and are involved in supporting the Southern Ohio Performing Arts Associations “Send a Kid to a Concert” and Portsmouth Area Arts Council for the “Art for At-Risk Kids” programs, plus supporting the United Way’s School Supply Drive, Red Kettle Campaign, Portsmouth Symphony Orchestra children’s concert, American Red Cross, The Counseling Center’s summer outreach camp, Father’s Table Ministry, and the Steven’s Power Pack Project.
All of these projects are why it was a shame that the fish fry had such a low turnout. However, Williams was quick to say, ‘We’ll be here next year!”
The Rotary’s next endeavor is the Tour of the Little Smokies. This tour is destined to become one of Ohio’s toughest 83-milers tours and will be a real challenge to cyclists. The Tour will begin from Holy Trinity Hall, 9515 Careys Run, McDermott. Riders can start in waves at 8 a.m., 8:30 a.m., 9 a.m., 9:30 a.m., and 10:00 a.m.
For more information about this unique cycling event, please check our information on the Bikereg.com website or contact TOTLS Committee Chair Reece Brown at 740-821-1904, [email protected] today.
Reach Kimberly Jenkins 740-353-3101 ext. 1928