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Fresno Rotary Club marks 100th anniversary with dinner

Jordan Shynett, 7, waves her hat as she rides the carousel at Playland. in 2014
Jordan Shynett, 7, waves her hat as she rides the carousel at Playland. in 2014 Fresno Bee Staff Photo

The Rotary Club of Fresno will celebrate its 100th anniversary Saturday with a dinner and dance that will benefit Playland.

The Fresno club was chartered on March 1, 1916 as Rotary International’s 203rd club. One hundred years later, the club is hoping to raise funds to create a new entryway into Playland, which is located next to Storyland in Roeding Park.

The dinner at TorNino’s restaurant, begins at 5:30 p.m. with hors d’oeuvers, champagne and wine. A program that follows dinner will show club highlights from the past century. Among the club’s accomplishments: It and Rotary’s Foundation have donated more than $3.7 million to local and international projects.

The Fresno club is one of the top 100 in size among the more than 35,000 Rotary clubs in the world.

Playland is set to reopen in April.

Storyland and Playland, inside Roeding Park in central Fresno, were opened in 1955, but then closed in March 2015 due to a lack of revenue. Storyland was reopened last September and has since had more than 25,000 guests come through its gates, park leaders say.

Playland's public reopening is scheduled for April 22, with an invite-only preview on April 21 for disadvantaged youths.

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