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Rotary Club gears up for annual tree sale

The Rotary Club of Sherwood is all geared up for their 11th annual Rotary Tree sale under the chairmanship of retired forester Rick Ross of Ross Vineyards.

'It's a labor of love for the many Rotarians who work countless hours on the set up and coordination of the three-week sale to raise money for local and international humanitarian projects,' Ross said.

This year's sale offers a large assortment of deciduous bare-root trees just in time for spring planting in northwest gardens.

Included in the thousands of trees available are shade trees, flowering shade trees, fruit trees as well as ornamental shrubs. The varieties of fruit trees included are apple, pear and cherry. All trees are donated by five generous and well established Oregon nurseries. Each tree comes complete with planting and care instructions to promote healthy growth.

The sale will be held Sunday, April 13, through Sunday, May 4, in the Albertson's parking lot in Sherwood Market Center, at the corner of Highway 99W and Tualatin Sherwood Road. The sale is open daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. All trees are $10. Their veteran sales staff consists of highly trained, experienced and friendly volunteer Rotarians and their families.

All proceeds from the sale fund local Sherwood community projects plus a broad range of humanitarian, intercultural and educational programs and activities designed to advance Rotary's ultimate goal of world understanding and peace. Sherwood schools, Helping Hands, Habitat for Humanity, Sherwood Mom's Club, Meals on Wheels, Senior Grad Night Party, Sherwood Family YMCA Teen Center, and local Boy Scouts, are just a few of the Sherwood organizations benefited by the money raised.

Sherwood Rotary also hosts an inbound exchange student plus sponsors outbound students. Sherwood Rotary also provides four $1,000 scholarships to outstanding service minded high school students for college and vocational training.

Rotarians provide the labor and sales staff for the three-week long tree sale and local businesses support the project through generous donations. Many of the beautiful shade and flowing trees found throughout Sherwood neighborhoods were purchased at past tree sales.

For more information about the Rotary Club of Sherwood and the tree sale, contact Rick Ross at 503-706-1972, Susan Rychlick at 503-925-2471, or visit their website at www.sherwoodro tary.org.