The Olive Branch Rotary Club and Becky Dearden had a long history. After joining the club, Dearden learned the Rotarians wanted to work on meaningful projects that would make a lasting difference in their city. Dearden had a vision of what she wanted for her new campus, which was previously a barren cornfield. A partnership started taking shape. “Rotary Park” was born. Her PTO collaborated with the club to build a playground and a walking trail in memory of deceased Rotarians. The park grew year after year.
Besides its walking trail, there is a baseball field, an outdoor classroom, many pieces of play equipment, and Project Fit America equipment, granted from Blue Cross & Blue Shield Foundation.
The newest addition to Rotary Park is the basketball court. Rotarians Dr. Greg Evans and Lisa Love were instrumental in launching this project. Other Rotary committee members for Dearden’s Service Project included David Baker, Tracy Kirkley, David McNeeley, Miles Mitchell, George Sago, and Tommy Salmon.