The Alvin Rotary Club has regretfully announced the postponement of the club’s 46th Annual Frontier Day event.
“It’s hard to put into words the defeat and succumbing to this horrible pandemic and the decision to postpone,” said Lisa Ercums, Alvin Rotary president.
“Emotions were very high during our board meeting," she added.
"We knew the importance of keeping our community safe and healthy but we also knew it would ultimately affect our local and international projects that we hold very near and dear to our hearts.”
Determination and “service above self” led the Alvin Rotary Club to move the event to July 4th.
As frustrating as moving the event was, in a way it was like coming home, accroding to Ercums.
"The first Frontier Day was held during the July 4th weekend as part of the Dairymen’s Convention," she said.
To acknowlede Frontier Day returning to its roots the Alvin Rotary Club wants to take the event "back to the past," Ercums said.
The new Fourth of July edition of Frontier Day will have a pie baking contest, egg toss, water balloon toss, spoon race, sack races and "the good ol’ dunking booth," Ercums added.
Alvin Rotary Club decided to "go old school" and continue the family fin traditions for the Independence Day festivities.
Although some people in the Alvin-Manvel area may only know the Alvin Rotary Club because of Frontier Day, the organization has a long history.
Since 1951, the Rotary Club has contributed over one million dollars to the following projects through their largest events - Frontier Day and November Fest.
~Alvin Food Pantry
~AISD Drug Awareness Education
~Alvin Museum Society
~Meals on Wheels
~American Cancer Relay for Life
~Alvin Volunteer Fire Dept.
~Women’s Center of Brazoria County
~International Youth Exchange
~Trick or Treat Trail
~Brazoria County Fair
~Alvin ISD FFA
~Lions Baseball Park
~AISD Education Foundation
~ACC Live Performance Center
~Nolan Ryan Center
~Alvin Police Crime Prevention Van
~Shadow Creek Interact
~National Oak Park
~CPS Christmas Party
~Wounded Veterans Programs
~Kits for Kids medical supplies
~Coats for Kids (Operation Warm)
~Are You Okay? Program
~Scouts of America
~Joe’s BBQ Thanksgiving Dinner
~Rotary Youth Leadership Awards
"These programs could not be funded without the help of the greater Alvin community," Ercums said.
“We are so thankful for their support and willingness to participate in these events to help further community service and international projects."
The decision to postpone Frontier Day was particularly painful for Rotary Members because they were deep into the planning process.
"Our members have dedicated countless hours to planning, creating, setting goals, making a budget, contacting and coordinating meetings, working with city officials, marketing and promoting the event, vendors, food trucks and so much more," Ercums said.
"We honestly did not want this virus to win and take all the hard work that was initiated and not try to reschedule," said Ercums.
The club is still hopeful and praying the event will happen in July and they have been encouraged by many people in the community to forge ahead.
After the other side of COVID-19 comes into view the members of the Alvin Rotary Club believe that the community will "be excited for some good ol’ fashion, family fun entertainment," Ercums said.
"Celebrating our country’s independence along with Frontier Day can only mean good times with the community that we love and the birth of the greatest country in the world, the United States of America, as an independent nation," she said.
“Club 100” tickets are still being sold for a chance to win a 2020 Ram 1500 Bighorn Lonestar Truck, valued at $47,465.00.
Ticket sales will go until July 4th and the winner will be announced that afternoon.
The arts and craft vendors have been very patient as the Rotary club has made the transition to July 4th, Ercums added.
“We appreciate them being flexible and truly hope they will be able to join us on that day," she said.
"We also would like to accommodate those unable to be at Frontier Day with moving their registration info to November Fest," Ercums said.
The Car and Bike Show will also continue and the community can look forward to seeing the entries in July, she added.
Alvin Rotary Club meets every Thursday at Joe’s Banquet Center at noon.
The members are hard working and dedicated people who share a passion for community service, Ercums said.
"We are always looking for new members that live by the 4-Way Test of what they think, say or do," she added. The 4-Way test asks:
1. Is it the truth?
2. Is it fair to all concerned?
3. Will it build goodwill and better friendship?
4. Will it be beneficial to all concerned?