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Rotary holds International Dinner

Photo by Madeline Scarborough Community members of the Mid-Ohio Valley were able to experience an abundance of cultures Saturday at the Marietta Morning Rotary Club 15th annual International Dinner, hosted at the Marietta Shriners Club.

MARIETTA — The 15th annual International Dinner hosted by the Marietta Morning Rotary Club came back in full swing this year, with a few optional modifications being offered.

The dinner was split into two timeframes and a to-go option for those who wanted to do a “drive-thru” and pick up food was available. The event was hosted at the Marietta Shriners Club. Guests were able to enjoy food from around the world and find cool pieces in the World Bazaar silent auction, all while benefiting literacy projects within Washington County.

Community members who are from other countries or first generation family members set up tables with authentic cultural dishes for guest to try. One example being Monica Carhuay, a local from from Lima, Peru, made (alongside her daughter) dishes from different regions of Peru.

There were 12 different countries represented at the food portion of the event, but the World Bazaar held items donated by community members with ties to many others.

“I am glad to see so many of the countries being represented,” said Christy Burke, President elect of the club.

Photo by Madeline Scarborough Monica Carhuay, a local from from Lima, Peru, made (alongside her daughter who is not pictured) dishes from different regions of Peru. She set up a table at the Marietta Morning Rotary Club 15th annual International Dinner Saturday and dressed in traditional fashion for her home country.

This event was started by and continues to be organized by club member Khadine Ritter, who is from Panama.

According to Ritter, all proceeds go to providing all area third graders with a dictionary, help fund and continue to help stock the Boys and Girls Club Reading Room and helps to fund the Summer Reading camp at Marietta College.

According to the club, since 2006, the local chapter has provided almost 8,000 dictionaries to county third graders.

“I enjoy coming to this event every year,” said Sylvia Rajakaruna, a chef at the event.

Rajakaruna is from Sri Lanka, an island off the coast of India.

“I love getting to taste new dishes, meet new people and see old friends,” said Rajakaruna.

Rajakaruna and her husband have only missed one of the past 15 years.

“It is also so fun to see everyone dressed in the traditional outfits of their home country,” said Rajakaruna.

Rick Smith, president of the Marietta Morning Rotary Club, said the turnout was great Saturday and that the number of guests was about the same as pre-covid numbers.

“I am just so thankful that we are still seeing such strong support from the community,” said Smith.

Smith said the club is always looking for new members to join at anytime and said they do not have to be Marietta residents.

The Marietta Morning Rotary Club was chartered on September 30, 1991 with 33 members. As a humanitarian service organization, it is focused on fulfilling community needs here in Marietta, Washington County, the Mid-Ohio Valley and on the international level as well.

The programs are both local and far-reaching, and encompass a wide variety of local concerns such as hunger, health, economic development, youth development and education.

The objectives are to advance the interests of Marietta and the Mid Ohio Valley area, to stay informed about local, national and international political, economic and social issues, and to serve the community, including:

¯ Connections to leaders throughout the Mid-Ohio Valley

¯ Prestige of membership in a worldwide organization

¯ Ongoing practical education

¯ Higher ethical standards in your business, organization, profession or personal life

¯ Participation in projects to enhance Marietta, Washington County and the entire Mid-Ohio Valley area.

The Marietta Morning Rotary Club is a group of about 40 men and women from business, industry, education and professional vocations. They meet at Jeremiah’s Coffee House, 175 Front St. in downtown Marietta every Friday at 7 a.m. for breakfast and fellowship.

The mailing address is: Marietta Morning Club, P.O. Box 206, Marietta, OH 45750

Rotary Clubs are organized into districts and the Marietta Morning Club’s District is 6690. For more information on our district, go here: www.district6690.org

Madeline Scarborough can be reached at mscarborough@newsandsentinel.com

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