- After more than two years of being forced to hold activities in crowded make-shift venues, senior residents of Long Beach, Mississippi, USA, will soon be able to socialize, play games, and exercise in a new 30,000 square-foot recreation center.
- The event signified a commitment that Rotarians from Illinois districts 6440 and 6550 made to help Long Beach rebuild after Hurricane Katrina in 2005.
- The storm destroyed the recreation center, fire station, two schools, and thousands of businesses.
The Long Beach Senior Recreation and Community Center is slated for completion in December and will house areas for craft making and meetings, as well as a cafeteria, two basketball courts, and a gym for seniors and local residents alike.
- It will be a gathering place and emergency refuge for the Mississippi communities of Gulfport, Pass Christian, and Pineville.