Rotary Club of Twentynine Palms
For immediate release
April 22, 2019
Contact: Gary Daigneault, 760-366-8471
TWENTYNINE PALMS ROTARY CLUB DONATES TO OLD SCHOOLHOUSE MUSEUM EXPANSION
The Twentynine Palms Rotary Club made a substantial donation at their meeting of April 17, 2019 to the expansion of the Old Schoolhouse Museum. The Museum, located at 6760 National Park Drive in Twentynine Palms, is housed in the oldest public building in the Morongo Basin and provides visitors with a chance to experience a 1920s era schoolroom and view artifacts and exhibits pertaining to the history of Twentynine Palms and the surrounding area. The museum is open 1:00 to 4:00 pm, Wednesday through Sunday, (September - May) and 1:00 to 4:00 pm, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday during the summer (June - August).
A $1,000.00 donation was made to 29 Palms Historical Society representative Nolan Lockwood specially to help in finishing the construction of a 2,222 square foot building that will provide two critically needed facilities, a 1,500 square foot multipurpose room and a warming kitchen.
The multipurpose room will accommodate about 200 people in an auditorium configuration or 100 people in a conference room configuration. The restrooms, catering kitchen, storage room, pantry, and associated halls will take up the remaining 722 square feet of space.
Rotary President Gary Daigneault said, “The new facility at the Museum will be a significant resource not just for the Historical Society, but for the entire community. The 29 Palms Rotary club felt it was important to assist in the completion of the project, already under construction for over a year, to provide the asset for area non-profits.”
Already this year, Rotary has provided funding for sponsorship of teams in every sport offered by the Recreation Department, as well as the annual youth basketball tournament. They have provided support for High School Basketball, Softball, and Track and Field. They installed new evaporative coolers in the Little Church of the Desert meeting room, produced the wildly successful Christmas Light Parade and tree lighting event, and set records for the annual Spring Carnival at Luckie Park in March. 29 Palm Rotarians participated in the annual Food Drive, the “Point in Time” homeless count, a major cleanup of undeveloped properties near downtown, and the newly instituted “Battle of the Ball” an annual cross-basin basketball rivalry at Copper Mountain College.
The Twentynine Palms Rotary Club meets Wednesdays at noon at the Little Church of the Desert meeting room, 6079 Adobe Road, Twentynine Palms. For more information, contact Daigneault at 760-366-8471.
Twentynine Palms Rotary Club President Gary Daigneault (left) presents a $1,000.00 donation to Nolan Lockwood of the 29 Palms Historical Society. The funds will be used to help complete a new Multipurpose facility at the Old Schoolhouse Museum. (Rotary Photo)
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